Join two adorable south Asian-American brothers as they discover a much loved Indian dessert.

Idu (Ee-doo) and Adu (Aa-doo) are very excited. Mamma is cooking Gulab Jamuns, but Idu and Adu don’t know what Gulab Jamuns are. Before long, they discover just how good these wonderful golden, sugary syrup-soaked balls are and how quickly they melt in their mouths. But Mamma has only made 10 Gulab Jamuns. Will they last until their guests come?

It is a light-hearted humorous story but also packs a fun opportunity for basic counting exercises. It models responsible parenting and highlights values of family, accountability, and teamwork.


Why read diverse?


37% of children in the U.S consider themselves multicultural, yet disproportionately few children’s books have characters that look like them. Only 2-3% of books have characters from Asia /Pacific. Add to that very few authors from diverse backgrounds adding to the lack of authentic and real voices. The asian american population is at 20M and growing but there is very few representation of this diverse and rich culture in our literature. 

Books function not just as mirrors for the multicultural kids to relate to, they also serve as windows where kids of all backgrounds can learn something new about their neighbors and friends

The inspiration


The book is inspired by a true story. I had a sweet tooth growing up. My mother is always telling me how it was a challenge to keep me away from the sweets that she had prepared for guests. I decided to retell a childhood story in my current context with my two sons. The characters in the book are inspired by my sons. As an aside, Idu and Adu mean “this” and “that” in Kannada which is my mother-tongue.


News and Reviews

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    • Shanaya Tales book review: “…I loved the most was the fact that this is one of the few books where my son could actually relate to the characters..”
    • D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review “…highly recommended for parents seeking picture book read-alouds that hold multicultural elements and different insights…”
    • Family Book Club review on Twitter ..”What a fun book”..
    • Q&A with Ronnie’s Awesome List: Some important data about asian american population and corresponding children’s literature here
    • IMC book review – “What I liked about the book 1) The book introduces the kids to festive atmosphere, hospitality and a taste of India. 2) A cute story that teaches maths concepts with numbers upto 10. 3) A yummy Gulab Jamun recipe at the end of the book.”
    • Jennie Rosenblum – former teacher, library services. “This is a cuddle book for you and your child or grandchild but it is also a great read-aloud for a story time as there is so much to talk about.”
    • The Baby Spot – “This book is perfect for all children. For children of a south Asian/ Indian decent will love a book that highlights this delicious treat and children all over the world will be begging their parents to make gulab jamuns!
    • Bicultural Mama  -“10 Gulab Jamuns will have you drooling”
    • Sunanda Chatterjee’s blog – Author Interview

More news/reviews HERE