Chachaji’s Cup by Guild member Uma Krishnaswami has been adapted into a musical Tea with Chachaji by the nonprofit group Making Books Sing. The show opens January 25 in New York City and February 28 in the San Francisco Bay area.
Illustrated by Soumya Sitaraman and published by Children’s Book Presss in 2003, Chachaji’s Cup won the 2004 Skipping Stones Award (Multicultural and International Books) and the 2004 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. It was also included in the Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of 2003.
Chachaji's Cup is a gentle tale of family love and the power of memory, brought to life with richly hued paintings. Neel loves listening to Chachaji's stories over steaming cups of tea. Chachaji's tales of great Hindu gods and demons, and of his adventures in the Indian Army, leave Neel openmouthed. But it is the tale of his great-uncle's favorite teacup that teaches Neel the most, for Chachaji's cup holds far more than sweet, spicy masala chai. It holds the story of a family and a country split in two during the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan. When the precious cup and Chachaji's health both prove to be more fragile than they look, Neel knows what he must do.
"This touching story would make a fine addition to units focusing on immigration to America and the human factor in political upheaval."
"This is a beautifully written and illustrated story about the universal relationship between an elder and a young child."
"Doubly valuable for its overall theme, and as a surprisingly rare depiction of an Indian-American family."