The Boy and the Bindi

Book cover for The Boy and the Bindi by Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya


Rajni Perera

Book Summary

In this beautiful children’s picture book by Vivek Shraya, author of the acclaimed God Loves Hair, a five-year-old boy becomes fascinated with his mother’s bindi, the red dot commonly worn by South Asian women to indicate the point at which creation begins, and wishes to have one of his own. Rather than chastise her son, she agrees to it, and teaches him about its cultural significance, allowing the boy to discover the magic of the bindi, which in turn gives him permission to be more fully himself.

Beautifully illustrated with hand paintings by Rajni Perera, The Boy & the Bindi is a joyful celebration of gender and cultural difference.

Stereotypes, Norms, Bindi, South Asian, Asian, Gender norms, Hindu, Hinduism

Age Range
Ages 4 to 8 (grades K-3)
Arsenal Pulp Press
Book Category
Gender Norms
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