About the book
Avantika brushes and brushes, but there’s no keeping her curly hair down. How she wished her hair was straight and smooth like the rest of her family. Amma and Appa had adopted Avantika and her brother when she was three-and-a-half years old and Avnish a six-month-old baby. She often wonders if their birth mother had curly hair. There are so many questions and emotions in Avantika’s head. Happily, she finds a confidante in the mysterious paati she meets in the park.
Why Is My Hair Curly? is a delightful celebration of curly hair and the courage it takes to be yourself. This chapter book explores genetics, family dynamics and adoption identity through a light-hearted and sunny tale.
Lakshmi Iyer is a banking professional in her day job. She slaves over her writing at night when her children are in bed.
An MBA graduate from LeBow College of Business and an alumna of the Yale Writer’s Workshop, she writes creative non-fiction primarily, on her personal website www.lgiyer.com. She hopes to publish a memoir of her adoption journey some day.
When Lakshmi is not working or writing, she enjoys cooking and watching random food videos on YouTube.
She lives with her husband and her three daughters (two adopted and one biological) near Philadelphia, in the US.