Book Review: ‘I Have Autism, And I Like To Play Good Bad Tennis’ by Debashis Paul

Heartwarming story of an ASD warrior - Noel.


Book Title: I Have Autism, And I Like To Play Good Bad Tennis: Vignettes and Insights from My Son’s Life
Author: Debashis Paul
Publisher: Westland Non-fiction
Number of Pages: 240
ISBN: 978-9357762816
Date Published: Apr. 17, 2023
Price: INR 344

I Have Autism, And I Like To Play Good Bad Tennis by Debashis Paul Book Cover

Book Review

Parenting autistic children needs a distinct strategy emphasizing comprehension, patience, and adaptability. Parents must educate themselves on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and its many traits and remain current on the newest research and therapy. Providing a supportive and regulated environment for autistic children may be beneficial, with clear routines and visual timetables helping predictability.

Effective communication methods, such as visual aids or social storytelling, can improve comprehension and decrease anxiety. Celebrating and nurturing autistic children’s abilities and interests while providing appropriate accommodations and therapies can help them thrive and realize their full potential. And therefore, World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized day on April 2 that encourages United Nations Member States to take action to promote awareness of autistic people worldwide.

In his book, “I Have Autism, and I Like to Play Good Bad Tennis,” Debashis Paul provides readers with a poignant glimpse into the lives of parents raising autistic children. The title “I” represents his late son Noel, who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at the age of three and a half and sadly passed away at 26. Through this book, Paul invites us into the world of his son and the grandson of the renowned Indian actor-director Utpal Dutt, shedding light on Noel’s unique journey as an individual diagnosed with the autism spectrum.

With a delicate balance of scientific precision and genuine warmth, Paul offers an exquisite portrayal of life with autism. The author’s unwavering honesty shines through every page, taking us on a demanding and emotionally charged journey that is intellectually challenging and, at times, profoundly saddening. Yet, amidst the hardships, the book’s beauty emerges from the depths of a father’s heart, reminding us of the enduring power of love.

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I have friends and relatives whose kids are diagnosed with ASD. It was a different experience and situation to accept, but when the parents of the kids I know embraced them with such love and affection, most importantly, the normalcy they rendered in comforting the kids made me empathetic. My interactions with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder have been really good.

They would grow if everyone took the time to reach out and understand those different from them. It has enhanced my empathy and desire to view everyone as a reflection of a magnificent God with a noble purpose. In general, persons with disabilities want what any other human wants: to be understood and appreciated. “I Have Autism, and I Like to Play Good Bad Tennis” by Paul has nurtured my mind with positivity and compassion.