Bindi Babes, Bhangra Babes, Bollywood Babes and Superstar Babes—that’s the line-up of Narinder Dhami’s (of Bend It Like Beckham fame) series about the Dhillon sisters—Amber (Ambajit), Jazz (Jasvinder) and Geena, who live with their father in England. Spirited and full of fun, they are also the most popular girls in Coppergate, their school.
Move through books one to four, you’ll enjoy them all. But this review is about Superstar Babes, the latest instalment of Dhami’s story about the Dhillons to be released in India where the three have a mission: to get the new school library named after their late mother. However, that means the sisters have to collect £10,000 (around Rs7 lakh) before Christmas, which is a few months away.
Off balance: Like Jess Bhamra, the Dhillon sisters juggle East and West. AFP
From religiously watching reality shows to excelling at school, the trio is thinking of ways to get the mission accomplished when the first hitch happens. Their snooty cousin, Baby, comes to live with them. And, what’s more, usurps Amber’s bedroom. The sisters can’t do much about it because their Aunty, who has come from India and taken over their lives, rules with a velvet-gloved fist.
Amber, in the meanwhile, is being wooed assiduously by young George Botley. In order to get him off her back, Amber sets him some near-impossible tasks (the reward for his success being that he can date her). To the girl’s chagrin, he manages to dispose of each challenge admirably.
Superstar Babes: By Narinder Dhami, Random House India, 280 pages, Rs150.
As they get down to the fund-raising for Mission Library-Naming, a brilliant idea strikes Amber. Taking a leaf out of their favourite reality show, Who’s in the House? (shades of Big Brother), the friends decide to organize their own version in the school. Will it work? Amber has a secret ace up her sleeve—she lets out word that Molly Mahal, the Bollywood star who won Who’s in the House?, will be present to hand out the prize to the winner. As the crowds grow, and there is no sign of Molly, Amber wonders if she has bitten off more than she can chew.
If you thought Dhami had done with the Punjabis-in-England theme and that there was nothing more to say, Superstar Babes will prove otherwise.
The writer is the editor of Heek, a children’s magazine. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org