About the book
Remy is an eleven-year-old, intelligent, but unhappy boy who lives in a beautiful coastal South African town. Self-conscious about his appearance, he is quite shorter than other children his age and has very small eyes, Remy lacks self-confidence and struggles with insecurities and anger issues. Remy is often mocked by other children at school, particularly about his height, which exacerbates his sensitivity about his appearance. Unable to manage his feelings, he starts picking fights with anyone who makes fun of him making things worse. Not only are children starting to enjoy Remy’s frustration and anger, but his performance at school becomes affected as he loses interest in studies and his grades begin to drop. Things worsen for Remy when he starts middle school and Jayden, the cool, tall, athletic, popular kid, teases and bullies Remy making his life more difficult than ever.
In this tale of growth and self-discovery, the reader follows Remy’s journey and emotional struggle to self-acceptance. With the help of a wise owl that provides Remy with a new perspective, and his mother’s advice, reassurances, and knowledge and practice of yoga, which Remy incorporates into his own life, Remy comes to a new understanding of himself. Reflecting on her own life, author Mayuri Naidoo hopes that Remy: A Book About Believing in Yourself will impart basic principles and philosophies of yoga and other tools she cultivated as an adult but wishes she had been taught at Remy’s age.
About Mayuri Naidoo
Mayuri Naidoo, an attorney, born in Johannesburg, South Africa, has a keen interest in leadership, self-mastery and philosophy in young minds. She is passionate about philosophy, the teachings of the ancients (the Buddha, Marcus Aurelius, Socrates and Confucius), and empowering and encouraging young minds and hearts. Mayuri practices yoga and meditation at home and wants to share stories on lessons and practical methodologies she wishes were taught to her as a child to deal with challenges in life.