August 4, 2011 | goulds
Uma Krishnaswami has created a true summer delight: The Grand Plan to Fix Everything. Dini and Maddie are best friends who love the fabulous Bollywood movies, especially the 'filmis' featuring the beautiful singer/actress Dolly Singh. The BFFs are all excited about attending a summer Bollywood dance camp together when Dini's physician-mother bursts their dream bubble: she finally got the grant to open a clinic and they are moving to India for two years in two weeks! After the shock has passed, the girls console themselves with the hope that Dini might be able to meet Dolly and find out what seems to be troubling her. Then they look at a map and realize the tiny village of Swapnagiri (Dream Mountain), where Dini will be living, is not even close to Bombay (Mumbai), the "center of the filmi universe" and Dolly's home. So what are the chances she will meet Dolly? Will she and Maddie be able to remain best friends? But Dini soon discovers Swapnagiri is full of amazing people and surprises: rose petal milk shakes, mischievous monkeys, a girl who chirps like a bird, electrical eccentricities, a flower that only blooms once every 12 years, and… who is that? Dolly? Full of girly-girl humor, engaging characters, and subtle nuances of the Hindi language and culture, this is must-read for all tween-aged girls.