You find them everywhere, the long faces, the scowling faces, the worried face and the frowning faces, spreading a feeling of gloom and doom. No one enjoys to see a grumpy face even if it belongs to a member of the family.
Sringeri Srinivas was one such person. His face perpetually sported a frown, a frown so dark and so deep that it felt as though it began from his head and spread right down to his toes. Everyone was afraid of him and preferred to stay as far away as possible; his family, his friends, the dogs, the cows and even the crows of the village!
Could anyone or anything bring a change in him?
In the adaption of the age old dictum, ‘Laugh and the world laughs with you, frown and you find yourself alone, Nilekani very cleverly drives home the message that laughter and being able to laugh at oneself is all-important.
Sringeri Srinivas has delighted children with his very distinctive appearance and crazy situations that he lands himself in. In the first of the series, Annual Haircut Day, he tries to get a haircut, but no one is available to do the honours, He does finally get his haircut but in a most unusual manner. In Too Many Bananas and Too Much Noise, the dour faced Sringeri Srinivas has to cope with disappointment and frustration, however, all of them have a happy and hilarious ending.
Being the fourth one of the series, this book is just as delightful as the others especially as it maintains the same distinctive style of illustration which makes the book springs to life with lively caricature-like figures warranting a second and even a third look.
A laugh-aloud, fun-filled book with an all-important message.
Reviewed by Shamim Padamsee