My Basmati Bat-Mitzvah

By Sachi, Age 10

The book that made me feel Finally Seen, is My Basmati Bat-Mitzvah. In that book, the protagonist Tara is part Jewish-Indian-American. Her mom was born and brought up in India but converted to Judaism. Her dad is Jewish. I can connect to this book because Tara goes through lot of struggles with her friendships. Her enemy is trying to become her bestfriend. Her boy bestfriend likes a different girl. Her real bestfriend (Rebecca) is getting too close to Tara’s enemy (Sheila). Tara has helped me learn how to deal with my wonky friendships, and how to avoid people when they are being mean to you or doing anything to hurt you. In the book Tara is worried about having a Bat-Mitzvah. Her Grandpa was Indian and she loved her Grandpa but he sadly passed away. Tara kept growing more worried if she should have a Bat-Mitzvah or not? Was having a Bat-Mitzvah going to make her any less Indian and more Jewish? This helped me with my struggle of constantly thinking that ”My parents were born in India, moved to America, I was born in America, am I more Indian or American?”

What I learned from the story is how to adapt and enjoy both cultures equally.


What I learned from the story is how to adapt and enjoy both cultures equally.

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