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‘I Am Tamana’ by Tamana Chona with Aditi Mehrotra – Inspiring True Story of a Girl Born with Cerebral Palsy!

They say, ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going!

‘I Am Tamana’ by Tamana Chona Book Review

‘I Am Tamana’ book is all about braving life, challenging the situations and rising up against the setbacks. Right from the time when a mother conceives the child, many hopes start to weave around the soon to arrive bundle of joy. As the child develops inside the womb so do these hopes and eagerness for the baby increases. These very feelings are what we call ‘Tamana‘ (in Hindi) of the new parents.

This book is primarily an autobiography written by an extraordinary achiever, Tamana Chona. At a very early stage of childhood, she was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy which affected her muscle aided activities like maintaining posture, swallowing food and more.

What Didn’t Work?

Barring little, totally forgettable editing errors, there is practically nothing in the book that didn’t work.

'I Am Tamana' by Tamana Chona Book Review
‘I Am Tamana’ by Tamana Chona Book Review

Book Title – I Am Tamana
Authors – Tamana Chona with Aditi Mehrotra
Genre – Memoir/Auto-Biography
Publisher – Hay House India
Published in – July 2019
Pages – 246
Available Formats – Paperback
Price – Rs. 399 for Paperback Edition
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What Worked:

  • The book is written in simple words as if the author is conversing with you on a one-on-one basis.
  • Despite the fact that ‘I Am Tamana’ is based on real-life events of Tamana Chona who has Cerebral Palsy, still the book is not very heavy to read.
  • The fact that Tamana’s achievements have been detailed out equally like the struggle part of her life’s journey makes the book a great motivational book to read for all.
  • The use of photographs makes the book furthermore engaging.
  • The bond of friendship and how valuable it is to have good friends in this era has been beautifully captured in the book. The true friendship, Tamana and Aditi (co-author) share is one of the major takeaway points for kids & young adults.
  • The use of quotes and poems by famous personalities make the book even more impactful.
  • The book also celebrates the undying, limitless extent to which a mother (in this book Mrs. Shyama Chona who is a Padma Shri & Padma Bhushan awarded educationist) can go to nurture her children and make them stand on their own feet.. against the storm.

About the Author:

Tamana Chona currently works as a Nursery teacher in DPS, Gurgaon. She was born with Cerebral Palsy but defying all the odds that life threw upon her today she stands as a winner. Her achievements include being a National Award recipient, a Marathon Runner, a TEDx Talks speaker and the heart & soul behind Tamana, a Non-Profit Voluntary Organization for helping mentally challenged, multiply disabled and autistic people.


As one reads in the book these famous lines by Catherine Pulsifer,

‘Each day we wake up, We have another chance. We could just keep on moving, Or we could decide to dance.’

Every second of one’s life is but a chance to celebrate and rejoice no matter what. This book and Tamana Chona’s life are exemplary proof of the same. This book shines with positivity and barring the medical conditions there is utterly no space for negativity in ‘I Am Tamana.’ The book is in fact not so much about the disability but more about the ‘ability’ to rise above it.

(46) Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this review. Will check out the book.

    1. The review makes it known that it is a very special book. It is great to know about such achiever

  2. Shubhra Rastogi says:

    Loved your take on the prompt. The book looks quite promising.

  3. Noor Anand Chawla says:

    You won’t believe this but I was going to review this same book for my second post in this blog hop! Tamana is really an inspiration.

    1. Oh lovely but how come?

  4. I came to know about the girl from my relatives in Delhi. She’s the daughter of Ms Shyama Chona, (ex).Principal, DPS. She’s an inspiration to all.

  5. Alpana deo says:

    Thia seems like an inspiration. I will look into it.
    Personally, I also like such books which doesn’t sound too bookish but as of a dialogue is going on.

  6. Neha Sharma says:

    I am definitely going to get this copy soon, this seems quite an inspirational read. Loved reading your wonderful review.

  7. Tamana and her mother are inspiring. Adding the book right away to my TBR

  8. I love the take on this prompt. This book looks super inspiring! I’m not much into books but this surely got me thinking of reading one. She is such an inspiration for people who crib small obstacles in their lives 🙂

  9. Inspiring read…. each day its a new beginning and we have another chance…

  10. What an inspirational woman Tamana Chona is, I could never imagine a child with CP to be a marathon runner. Definitely going to hear her TedX talks too. Great book

  11. This is so great to know about this inspiring book…I will sure get this to read

  12. This book is really something inspiring. I am adding this book in my to list of reads.

  13. Thanks for sharing this wonderful book review. I must say the book looks quite promising. Definitely this is quite an inspirational book.

  14. I loved the way your review is written! It has ignited curiousity and I am left with wanting to know more…I will be buying the book and reading this inspiring story.

  15. I like reading memoirs and autobiography. I will give it a try . 😊

  16. I have read about this conditione and it’s very challenging! I would like to read what’s in the book! 🙂

  17. Khushboo says:

    Looks like a great book to read. I will check this out very soon. Thanks for sharing the review with us

  18. S. bhide says:

    Thanks for the review and this book is indeed important to check out. It’s such an inspiring story and we must learn from it.

  19. This looks like an autobiography which is inspiring too. Good to know about the book. Thanks for this detailed review.

  20. Its a inspiring book. Thanks for giving such detail review about the book. Very well written

  21. Ruchi Srivastava says:

    This book seems so inspiring and I love to read such autobiographies!! Thanks fpr sharing this !!

  22. This book looks promising. I am going to check this one for sure. Love your take on this book. I got to know about her from a Friend of mine. I am eager to read this book.

  23. Looks like a great inspiring read, will check this out soon. Thanks for sharing

  24. This seems like a good read , quite inspiring one , good to know about people who despite of having problems in life , emerge as winners.

  25. Such books with simple language are good to read, specially when they are life stories of others.

  26. I loved reading the review. This is so inspirational! And the lines at the end… Each day it’s a new chance… So promising!

  27. I have been hearing raving reviews of this book Judy, am surely gonna pick this one buddy.

  28. That’s a wonderful and insightful book review. I’m curious to know more and read it. Love the way you concluded – Each day we wake up, We have another chance

  29. Komal says:

    So happy that i came across this book thanks for introducing me to this book…will purchase it very soom

  30. What I loved the most in this book is your style of reviewing it. Great review with the rightly chosen words.

  31. The book look great for self motivation, looking forward to read it, kudos to author

  32. Tamana Chona is a remarkable woman who has fought and held her own against all odds. The book must indeed be one that would inspire everyone of us.

  33. Jhilmil says:

    Looks like an inspirational book even for people like us to read . Picking this one up .

  34. The life journey of Tamama is inspiring to all the people out there. Indeed she overcome all odds in life. This sounds like Inspiring read

  35. Mrinal says:

    She is indeed a fighter! I would love to read this book and also gift a copy to my best friend! Thank you for sharing about this book!

  36. This looks an interesting read. I am curious to get hands on this and add to my weekend reading list.

  37. This looks like such an inspiring story. I’m adding this to my to be read list, thank for sharing!

  38. I find such true stories highly inspiring. Everyday is a chance is so true. I feel this book is a great reminder to us that life is to be cherished everyday.

  39. Sayeri Bhattacharya says:

    This is the life one should live!! OMG… its so inspiring. We the common people cant even think about this fight, about this struggle. More power to her. Hug.

  40. Purva says:

    Sounds interesting. I am definitely going to get this copy soon… this seems quite an inspirational read.

  41. Tamanna is truly an inspiration. Will definitely read the book soon!

  42. Beautiful review. Makes one want to read. Thanks.

  43. Swiddle D'cunha says:

    Each day we wake up, We have another chance.Great and motivational. In my reading list now.

  44. Nice post about Inspiring True Story. This is a amazing post that inspired me a lot. Keep writing on.

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