The Chai House is a young adult novel by Priti Srivastava. It tells the story of Aksha, an Indian-American teenager who moves to India with her family after they inherit their ancestral home. Aksha must navigate the challenges of adapting to life in rural India while also confronting her own identity and coming to terms with her relationship with her parents. The Chai House is a heartfelt exploration of family, culture, and self-discovery.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for young adults who are interested in learning about Indian culture and the struggles of adapting to a new environment. It is also a good choice for readers who enjoy stories about family relationships and self-discovery.
- The Chai House is a well-written and moving coming-of-age story.
- The themes of family, culture, and identity are explored in depth.
- Priti Srivastava’s writing is lyrical and evocative.
- The Chai House may be too slow for some readers
- Some of the cultural aspects may be confusing to non-Indian readers
- The ending could be seen as anticlimactic
Learn more about the author
Priti Srivastava is a writer and educator based in the Bay Area. She has worked with students of all ages, focusing on creative writing and literature instruction. The Chai House is her debut novel.
“This beautifully written and poignant novel explores the universal themes of family, culture, and self-discovery. Aksha is a wonderfully authentic character who will resonate with readers everywhere.”
“The Chai House is a must read for anyone who wants to learn about Indian culture and the struggles of being an outsider. Aksha’s journey from American teenager to confident young woman in her ancestral home is inspiring, heartbreaking, and memorable.”
“The Chai House is an amazing and eye-opening book! It’s a perfect read for anyone who wants to learn more about India and its culture, as well as teens who are struggling with their own identity. I couldn’t put it down!”
“The Chai House is a beautiful and poignant story about family, culture, and self-discovery. Priti Srivastava brings her characters to life with warmth and sensitivity, creating a captivating read that will stay with you long after the last page.”