The Granddaughter Project~ A Book review

Hello there, welcome to my blog.

Today am bringing you in on a book project I happen to apart of.

In the picture is Miss India 2010 Ushoshi Sengupta presented with a copy of The Granddaughter Project by the Author Shaheen Chishti

Here is a brief description;

Shaheen Chishti has written a deeply emotional and raw story, poignantly telling the shared experience of three, very different women, who collectively use their voices to improve societal attitudes for their granddaughter. The men around these women, who play prominent roles in their lives, put them into desperate situations. Young and alone, they fight to overcome their experiences. The result is a masterful original fiction novel, as profound as it is awe-inspiring.

The book among many things seeks to unite people regardless of color, nationality or religion while empowering women to achieve greatness. The book is already available on Amazon. I will add the link at the end of the post.

I am hosting a review done by Musanjufu Benjamin Kavubu of The Benjamin Watch Blog bringing the book to context highlighting what is set in Africa.


If you have keen interest in human beings then this book should be on top of your reading list. Shaheen Chishti curates letters from all continents to put together a human story through the Granddaughter Project.
Normally we cannot tell our children what our parents didn’t tell us, however human history is determined by how information is passed on from generation to generation,Sometimes for the greater good and that is what the Four Mirrors in the grand daughter project does to the tip.
It’s not wild talk from your usual motivational speaker. These series of letters exchanged between ladies who had their lives connected in away and then later passed to the next generation reflecting some of the most defining times of humanity since the 1930 to date. We all know that when information on specific things in this case women mirrors the events of the day, a proper viewpoint is set.
For my review I will highlight what is set in Africa among all the continents that this book visits. These stories have similarities that cut across and a reality to today’s life. The letters of the grandmothers start with tales of growing up from a naive place where a child only minds about where and how to play with their siblings. They continue in both detail and brief pieces talk about the early stages of life, through teenage to schooling with a mix of parenthood as a variable in some cases and a constant in others. There is a bad parent because of reasons like conservatism on social construct. Then the letters climax at the once children becoming parents, who so much want to avoid the mistakes of their parents but life and the forces of the universe tend to have their own terms something we all know too well. Whatever happens the tales lead us to the subtheme of grandparenthood that defines the Four Mirrors.
On the African continent the letters bring to us a white lady called Brigit, many young Africans are at the crossroads of who an African is. It’s important the story of white Africans is told and embraced in the face of globalization and for the future.
Brigit from Cape Town is born and raised at the time when apartheid is raging and she finds herself in those white families that are church going but hate black people so much. She has it all, only that she was a woman at a time when the world was coming to terms with equality. Brigit has a brother called Billy who she was second act to in the eyes of their father. Brigit’s letter is defined by Billy who while growing up played rugby in the traditional sense of the sport in apartheid South Africa. By that I mean he was your typical rugby player in appearance. Brigit says in her letter he was so much treasured by their father who never concealed it that he ended up being brut of sorts.
Brigit’s world turns around after she finds out her brother has a black lover who is a man, at first her brother who had gone through a phase of teenage depression had brought a girlfriend home and she meets them in a moment of intimacy. Billy runs away from home scared of what may happen afterward. When they go out looking for him in a rush of events Brigit’s father knocks down a black man when the brakes fail him and the man does. Brigit remembers it was Billy’s lover. They never find Billy for next 16 years. In that period Brigit goes to university and she finds love when she is at an anti-apartheid event. Her life by now has had to deal with racism at its core and homophobia in the family. When Brigit is married she gets children of her own, Billy contacts her asking for help. This help is not for him but for humanity. Billy in the 16 years away gets HIV/AIDS and in the course of that time he comes to know the disease so well that he pictures what it is going to do to humanity. Billy died in 1985 after introducing Brigit to the clinic he was a member. She starts researching more about the disease to make a path for education on the field since information is the biggest weapon they can master at the time. They discover the disease is more common in heterosexuals than what had been perceived.
Brigit’s Ron is against the whole idea of his wife working in that field and tells her to shower first whenever she comes back from work. Ron himself contracts the disease from his business trips and that is conformed after the children and Brigit are tested. Ron ends up in prison for trying to infect Brigit in a very gruesome act that was witnessed by their children. For the details you will have to look for the book.
. Brigit Marias story is told to her granddaughter Kate Marias who in a brief letter of her own talks about how women are progressing in some parts of the world and others are moving backwards in the case of Turkey where she had lived before she went to the UK for her law degree.
The grand daughter project does not only tell the tale of HIV/AIDS and racism; it will make you question the policy of today as it takes you through the route of conflicts and what they bring. Its experiences from the women who were behind the letters is thought provoking and will surely make you question your life in the mirror of the world we live in.


If you are in Uganda we shall be launching the book here on 20th August. Before that we have some exciting activities building up to the event including poetry, story telling and cash prizes. We shall also give out free copies of the book. Follow us on our social media pages to stay updated @The granddaughter project on Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin. And on twitter my handle @tikiajoella .

And if you want to get yourself a copy or find out more about the author. visit the author’s website @ www.shaheenchishti.com or check the book out on Amazon Here.


See you again on Monday for the devotion

Till then

Be kind, Be humble, spread love.

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