Book Review of Hats, Hoods and Humiliation by Hiranya Verma

Name of the book: Hats, Hoods and Humiliation

Author: Hiranya Verma

Released on: 5 May 2020

Genre: Self-help E-book, Children and Young Adult

Cover design: Hiranya Verma

Illustrations : Hiranya Verma and Vidhu Bhatnagar

Book Blurb: This is a book to help those young children struggling to realise or let go their humiliation in their past or present lives. This book has easy to follow step wise simple techniques to handle everyday emotions. Designed for young kids by one of their own, this book is a good and easy read for anyone.

About the author: Hiranya Verma is a ten year old girl, studying in Kochi. She was born in Mumbai on 25 June 2009 and her parents are Dr. Vidhu Bhatnagar and Dr. Rohit Verma. She has an elder brother, Kaustubh, with whom she shares a brilliant equation. Her hobbies are drawing, painting, reading and writing. She also plays the keyboard.

Hats, Hoods and Humiliations is an E-book that strikes a chord with the reader. It is a self-help book that discusses various emotions and people a child has to deal with during the wonderful period called childhood (also pre-teen). The book has a strong introduction that sets the right tone for the reader to understand that this book is a must-read. Each chapter delivers its best and “Points to Ponder” will make you pensive. There is a Little Quiz at the end of the book that weaves the whole idea of the book together.

Hats, Hoods and Humiliation gives life lessons. Childhood is described from the eyes of a ten year old, her thoughts, her feelings and hands down some amazing suggestions in the bargain. The author narrates relatable real-life instances. These anecdotes are a guiding light with apt suggestions on how to handle humiliation, self-pity, bullies, guilt, siblings, friends, apologizing and much more. My favourite is Ms. She-Godzilla. ( You need to read the book to know more). The talk on Secret personality requires a mention. At the age of 10, the author has read the people around her so well that this subject has crept its way here. I particularly appreciate the use of the word little throughout the book, sometimes it is used to tone down the seriousness of the phrase, like in the title of Chapter 5: A Little Bit of Bad and A Lot of Good, a little scolding and this bothersome little sensation from other chapters. The toning down helps children understand that these are little things in life and can be handled. It gives the book a positive aura.

I personally liked Hats, Hoods and Humiliation, it took me back in time. The write-up on Affirmations is my take-away from this book. Hats, Hoods and Humiliation should be at all school libraries, with a must-read tag. Parents and teachers too, must read it in order to understand certain situations. In fact, an adult too, can benefit a great deal from it. The author has done an excellent job by expressing her thoughts in simple words. The Cover design and illustrations add immense value to the book. They are created by the author and Vidhu Bhatnagar. I recommend Hats, Hoods and Humiliation by Hiranya Verma. It will make a difference in your path ahead in life. Also Hiranya loves the experience called life.

You can buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Hats-Hoods-Humiliation-Hiranya-Verma-ebook/dp/B0881XXJJ2