Bye, Bye, Motabhai!

(c) Yali Books, 2013



*A 2014 South Asia Book Award Honor Winner*

Bye, Bye, Motabhai!

by Kala Sambasivan

Illustrated by Ambika Sambasivan

Age Range: 6+ years
Type: Paperback, 44 pages
Publisher: Yali Books (March 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0989061506 (Paperback)

Do you ever think of your future – dream about becoming an astronaut, a surgeon or a wildlife photographer? What if animals too have such ambitions? What if a rhesus monkey wishes to be a school bus driver or a hard-working donkey wants to be a movie star? Just imagine what they would do to get what they want!

Pavan, an over-worked camel in the city of Ahmedabad, India, hates his job. He often dreams of being a racing camel in Dubai. But hitched to a heavy vegetable cart and with his owner Motabhai around, how is this possible?

One day, Pavan finds a way to escape with a little help from some kind-hearted children. He makes a mad dash through the city along with Bijilee, a dhobi’s donkey whom he befriends on the way. Can you imagine the riot that this pair causes in the narrow, bustling streets of old Ahmedabad, as they race past its historic monuments, with Motabhai, an auto-driver, a policeman and a washerwoman hot on their trail?

Join Pavan and Bijilee in  Jaipur Jamboree, where they scheme to meet the Emir of Dubai in the beautiful city of Jaipur, Rajasthan!

Praise for Bye, Bye, Motabhai!:

“Readers become caught up in his quest, cheering for the camel — and rising up against the adult world’s rigidity.” – Hyphen Magazine

“For a parent who wants to jog their child’s imagination and have them explore a well-known area of India through the pages of a book—this is just the ticket they should book.”  Valley India Times

“Bye, Bye, Motabhai! is well written and deliciously funny. It takes readers right to the heart of Ahmedabad, with passing geographical references in the text as well as its solid visual roots…” – Paper Tigers

“The illustrations are a delight! It’s interesting how they carry the same vigor in innocence and goofiness that’s also thematic to the story.” – InCulture Parent


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