The Hero's Walk

Multicultural Book Report

The Hero's Walk

Published in 2000, The Hero's Walk takes place in India within the house of advertisement jingle-writer Sripathi and his large family. All the way across the world in Canada, Sripathi's estranged daughter Maya dies suddenly in a car accident, leaving Sripathi's granddaughter Nandana orphaned and confused. Nandana is sent to live in India with "the old man". This young girl forces the bitter and feuding family to come together and learn to care for each other again. This book is about the challenges of everyday life and shows that heroes don't always have to be kings.

Exciting Plot and Humorous Aspects

The Hero's Walk involves a plot filled with every day life, drama, loneliness, murder, romance, and family scenes. There are characters, such as the crazy neighbor lady, that add humor to the book. She always promotes laughs because she is not right in the mind. The book is funny because it is so relatable, and the blunt language Badami often uses adds humor as well.
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Dynamic Characters

Sripathi: the main character; a bitter old man that learns to value his family throughout the events in the book.

Nandana: an orphan girl that allows the family to grow closer and overcome their differences by the end of the novel.

Ammayya: Sripathi's mother, a very elderly woman who complains often and sometimes steals and hordes things. As the story unfolds we find out that Ammayya has deep-set reasons for acting the way she does.

Nirmala: usually very submissive but resents her husband for alienating their daughter. Nirmala learns to express her feelings and become more confident as the book progresses.

Putti: Sripathi's sister who is torn between caring for Ammayya and wanting to get married.

Arun: Sripathi's younger child, Arun is generally disliked by the family because he doesn't have a job and instead prefers to be an environmental activist and go on protests.

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Multicultural Elements

The Hero's Walk takes place in India and involves elements of their culture, lifestyle, and every day aspects. Because the author is also from a different country than what we are accustomed to, we can learn a lot about multicultural elements from this book.