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Why We Eat with Our Hands: A Celebration of Indian Culture and Heritage

ISBN: 9781634895491
Binding: Hardcover
Author: Anjali Jariwala
Illustrator: Shelley Seguinot
Pages: 36
Trim: 11 x 9 inches
Published: 09/27/2022

In this Indian culture book for kids, Nyla's grandma teaches her about Ayurveda, Indian food history, and the special reason why we eat with our hands!

Nyla smiled, thinking about the dosa she ate last night. "You're right, Nani. It's easier to eat Indian food with our hands. And more fun!"

"It is!" Nani laughed. "And do you want to know a secret?"

Nyla nodded.

"Our hands hold a special energy."

When Nyla eats with her family, there are never chopsticks, forks, or spoons on the table.

She asks her Nani (grandma) why and learns about something she never knew about her Indian culture—how each finger represents an element of nature!

Why We Eat with Our Hands is a celebration of Indian culture as explained through the special bond between granddaughter and grandmother.

This Hindu children's book is an approachable introduction to Ayurveda.


Anjali Jariwala is a business owner, podcaster, and mom. As an Indian woman, she had a hard time finding books featuring Indian children and wanted a book that her daughter could see herself in. This is Anjali's first book. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Udai, and daughter, Nyla.

Shelley Seguinot collaborates with companies to bring her art to life through a variety of products and publications. She loves creating characters and bold designs. She travels the globe in awe of this planet and finds inspiration everywhere she goes. Her goal is to create art that makes people smile. Shelley lives with her husband and three children in New York.