A story about four friends, a city in need of help, a bunch of clueless groan-ups and a very angry, very brown and very dangerous cloud.
Amni wakes up one morning to find the sky taken over by a huge brown cloud. Where did this cloud appear from suddenly? Even as she and her friends Mithil, Tammy and Andrew start finding out more, their city of Mumbai starts reeling from the changes the cloud brings to the weather. Bhura Cloudus, as the media calls it, contains noxious gases, causes scalding rain to fall, makes birds flee the city, and suffocates every living thing.
What will Mota Bhai, the powerful politician, do now? Can Vidisha and Bidisha, the scientist twins, find a solution? And what about superstar Pavan Kumar and the amazing cloud-sucking machine? Can Bhura ever be driven away, or is it already too late?
Thought-provoking, funny and inspiring, A Cloud Called Bhura is about the changing global climate and the havoc it can cause, as well as the forces of friendship, trust and community that give hope and will help counter this deadly threat to humanity.
When Bijal Vachharajani is not reading a children’s book, she is writing or editing one.
She has written A Cloud Called Bhura: Climate Champions to the Rescue, which won the Auther Children’s Book Award 2020, and So You Want to Know About the Environment, and has co-authored 10 Indian Champions Who Are Fighting to Save the Planet and The Great Indian Nature Trail with Uncle Bikky.
Her picture books include PS What’s up with the climate?, What’s Neema Eating Today? and The Seed Savers.
The former editor of Time Out Bengaluru, Bijal has worked with 350.org, Fairtrade and Sanctuary Asia. Senior Editor at Pratham Books, Bijal has a Masters in Environment Security and Peace, with a specialisation in climate change from the University for Peace. She's now a certified climate worrier.
I started reading and I thought I wouldn't stop laughing because Bijal Vachharajani has the most wonderful sense of humour. I finished the book crying. The impassioned plea for fight for climate justice is powerfully and evocatively made and it unflinchingly takes on the political and media systems which would profit rather than serve. This book should be prescribed, mandatory reading - in schools, colleges, everywhere.
What a book! Describes our worst nightmare, and our greatest hope. Rooted in reality, and yet a future we hope will somehow be averted. Characters with different motives, certainly not unidimensional. And a wry sense of humour. Loved the book.
The problem with reading the same kind of books your kids want to read is that dibs are called on who reads what first, and thanks to slow mental reflexes thanks to age, you find yourself at the end of the reading queue. A Cloud Called Bhura by Bijal Vachharajani is a book about climate change and friendship. A giant, brown noxious cloud descends over Bombay affecting the lives of humans, birds and animals. But instead of moaning and cribbing like the groan ups, four teenagers - Amni, Mithil, Tammy and Andrew - get together to find out more about Cloudus Bhura and what they can do about it, since the adults aren't doing much at all. Bhura is very much on the cards for all of us in the near future. As a card carrying 'groan up' I felt deeply ashamed of what my generation has done to the planet, or stood silently by and watched others do to it. I loved the ending:. Hopeful without sugar coating reality. And I loved the children's anger, an anger we must stoke in all of our children. An anger that we as adults don't seem to have. Bhura is a tightly written book that has good dollops of humour and satire. Please buy this book for your kids, nieces, nephews, strangers and school library. Gift it to other groan ups too!