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  • Writer's pictureShameer Bismilla

The Light Within You


Get ready to immerse yourself in the magic of “The Light Within You” by Namita Moolani Mehra, beautifully illustrated by Kamala Nair. This enchanting picture book is a celebration of Indian culture and positive representation.


With Deepavali just around the corner, what better way to embrace the festivities than by diving into this gorgeously illustrated story.

A young and spirited Diya embarks on an exciting adventure to India, where she reunites with her beloved Nani to celebrate Diwali.


Diya, feels a little homesick after moving to a new country. But the prospect of spending Diwali with her Nani fills her heart with joy and anticipation. Together, they share an unbreakable bond and create precious memories during the festival of lights.


Amidst the vibrant celebrations, Nani notices a hint of sadness in Diya’s eyes. Wise and loving, Nani gently reminds her that everyone possesses an inner light that shines brightest when we believe in ourselves. Diya’s journey of self-discovery unfolds as she experiences the joy and magic of Diwali, learning valuable lessons about finding inner peace and embracing her own unique light.


Not only has “The Light Within You” captivated my classroom of eager children, but it has also opened their eyes to the rich cultural traditions of Diwali. From mouthwatering sweets like ladoo and jalebi to the significance of lighting diya lamps, Diya becomes an active participant in the festivities, igniting curiosity and understanding among young readers.


This heartwarming picture book serves as a touching reminder to all of us that, just like Diya, we each have a special light within us waiting to shine. Celebrate the magic of Diwali, embrace your inner strength, and let “The Light Within You” illuminate your heart.

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