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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 as ‘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 of 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.

This blog is a part of the #WeeklyBlogHop hosted by Alpana of and Neha Sharma of I have written on the prompt “You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.” – Ratatouille
I would like to thank Yogeeta of  for introducing me to this blog hop and would further like to invite Gunjan of  to share her take on the prompts.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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