ISBN 9789351369974,How to Stop Your Grownup From Making Bad Decisions

How to Stop Your Grownup From Making Bad Decisions


Judy Balan



HarperCollins India

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789351369974

ISBN-10 9351369978


Number of Pages 160 Pages
Language (English)

Short stories

Nina has questions. Are moms just little girls who are taller and wear prettier shoes? Can I call pest control services to get rid of a pesky seven-year-old boy? What if my sister is a voodoo high priestess? Is a grownup refusing to grow up the same as someone pretending to be asleep? Are teachers not allowed to admit theyre wrong? WHO. LEFT. PARENTS. IN. CHARGE? Somebody had better have the answers.

Big announcement: Ninas mom is going to marry Dhiraj! Hes not the wicked stepfather by any stretch of the imagination. Hes much, much worse. Hes a rapper! And a bad one at that. And his rapper name is Dhiraj Fist aka Diddy Blood. Case rested. After all, dumb is the new wicked.

Nina must stop this catastrophe, but shes going to need co-conspirators. With her sister Nikki, who seems to keep disappearing mysteriously, and her mothers best friend, Ashwin Uncle, whos now fighting with her mother, Nina must find a way to save her favourite grownup from making a really bad decision. Because, really, grownups just cant be trusted to make good life choices.

As sweet as it is funny, Nina the Philosopher is a brilliant, witty, thought-provoking series that tells the story of a modern-day fairy tale: a single mother and her two wonderful, hilariously angst-ridden daughters. Its The Princess Diaries for a new generation. Except, you know, without a princess. Or a diary.

The book is beautifully designed and illustrated by a remarkably talented new artist, Priyanka Shyam. Check out Ninas blog at Also check out the book trailer at

About the Author

Judy Balan is a best-selling author. She also writes blogs, short plays and columns and is currently working on her next book. Nina the Philosopher is (very loosely) based on Judy's over-thinking, over-analysing daughter, Kiara, with whom she lives in Chennai. They have a shared love of fairy tales and are living their own version of happily ever after (with no prince in the picture).