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Kika & Me

Patel, Amit

  16 Reviews

Amit Patel is working as a trauma doctor when a rare condition causes him to lose his sight within 36 hours. Totally dependent on others and terrified of stepping outside with a white cane after he's assaulted, he hits rock bottom. He refuses to leave home on his own for three months. With the support of his wife Seema he slowly adapts to his new situation, but how could life ever be the way it was? Then his guide dog Kika comes along ...

But Kika's stubbornness almost puts her guide dog training in jeopardy - could her quirky personality be a perfect match for someone? Meanwhile Amit has reservations - can he trust a dog with his safety?

Paired together in 2015, they start on a journey, learning to trust each other before taking to the streets of London and beyond. The partnership not only gives Amit a renewed lease of life but a new best friend. Then, after a video of an irate commuter rudely asking Amit to step aside on an escalator goes viral, he sets out with Kika by his side to spread a message of positivity and inclusivity, showing that nothing will hold them back. [Taken from book cover, Pan MacMillan Books]

Pages
287
Year
2020

Reviews

AUCK 355
16-08-2022
Good discussion book. Only one person didn't like it.
TAUP 006
08-08-2022
This book was more interesting than we anticipated; several members commented that the cover made a poor impression. Very stimulating discussion. We learned a lot about blindness and guide dogs.
WHANGA 002
04-08-2022
The Group all felt that 'Kika and Me' was well worth reading. It taught us so much about disability. Negative attitudes of some members of the public were highlighted. The story was one of love, devotion, perseverance and courage. All thought it should read by many people, giving understanding of the complexities of accessibility. We strongly recommend 'Kika and Me'.
CAMB 001
18-07-2022
Brilliant - made me cry. Best discussion in group for years.
AUCK 395
30-06-2022
An interesting book which gave interest and education about the challenges ( and achievements) faced by Amit and family.
ASHB 005
22-06-2022
All our members thoroughly enjoyed the book.
WHANGA 004
22-06-2022
Delightful story of courage, hope, a wonderful dog and plenty of 'food for thought'.
CHCH 176
15-06-2022
After initially thinking this looked a bit "lightweight", how wrong we were! What a splendid book. We admired the honesty of Amit and Seema, the lows and the highs, and what huge challenges being blind brings to a family. We thought we'd like to meet them!
ASHB 009
11-05-2022
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the book. Would recommend. Great insights into the effects of blindness in everyday life, and a tribute to Amit Patel and his wife Seema, and their courage as they rebuilt their lives.
RAUM 001
29-04-2022
Easy to read, and an eye-opener for those who haven't otherwise learned about the emotional, physical and logistical aspects of blindness. A great promotion for services catering to the blind community.
TAUP 011
27-04-2022
Everyone loved the book and learnt so much about coping with blindness. We were shocked at how people can be so unhelpful and unkind.
WAIHEK 001
22-04-2022
Most people admitted to not looking forward to reading this book - Amit Patel's story about how he became blind, learnt to be blind and then getting on with his life. However, everyone really enjoyed the book and learnt a lot about the life of a blind person. It was really well described. In future we will tell a blind person when we leave a conversation, and will respect when a guide dog is working...We also thought that Seema (Patel's wife) was amazing with her support.
AKAR 002
22-04-2022
The group enjoyed the book and all learnt plenty.
WHANG 004
28-03-2022
Mixed opinions, but generally it was very informative, but not challenging.
WANG 001
07-03-2022
Hard to believe how cruel and selfish some people are to disabled people. All read and enjoyed it.
CHCH 465
03-11-2021
We all read it! We enjoyed the story and the learnings from Amit's story.