The fundamental question every parent faces is always pertaining to their child, irrespective of the child’s age. Swati Lahoti’s The Wind Beneath His Wings is a memoir of her trials to get her son, Alind, into IIT.
Well-educated, a housewife and a mother of two, with her husband stationed in Singapore for work purpose, she single handedly and ably helps her child to score well in one of the toughest competitive exams of India. She doesn’t shy away from telling how she as a parent burdens her child with the baggage of her unfulfilled aspirations. She helps him in every hurdle of his student life. She knows the capabilities of her son and tries her best to enhance and hone his skills. And then again, she is not solely responsible for the victory that Alind revels in. Alind’s younger brother and his father too lend support as and when possible. This family of four strive for just one goal which is to help Alind become a proud IITian and that’s what they achieve.
Having said that, I found the book to be more of a self-help book. Every parent aspiring for their child to be an IITian can learn a lot from it. As also if you are amongst those parents whose progeny always faces study problems, then this book will inspire you and educate you. This book shows you how a family works together as a team and how their spirit never unelevated.
Swati uses illustrations to do away with the monotonous tone set by the subject matter. The lucid language helps one zap through the book. The chapters are short and crisp. One may find the methods used by Alind and Swati to overcome their anxiety quite useful in daily life. She breaks down the routine of her child, discusses his schedule, study technics, counselling they received, throughout the novel. Alind, Vayam (Alind’s brother) and Rohit (Alind’s father) too share their experiences in chapters written by each.
I won’t say that the book is empowering but it is impactful as far as good parenting goes. I am of a liberal opinion where my child is concerned. But perhaps when I grow along with my daughter, I too will stand in Swati’s shoes and it is then that this book will be my guiding light. Meanwhile, this one was a good read.
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