I was born in New Delhi, lived and studied in Bangalore and spent holidays in Madras. My wife was born in Kerala, lived and studied across cities as disparate as Madras to Dehradun to Lucknow and worked in Bombay. And oh, we are Malayali and choose to speak English at home.
Our daughter’s mother language choice is a little complicated.
But! But we are grateful that Pratham Books publishes books in multiple languages. Often, the same book is available in multiple languages and we have made full use of this. Her favourite book was Too Much Noise and we were fortunate that Pratham Books makes them available online and under an open license too.
We read and continue to read this, and other books, to her in, at the least, English, Kannada, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. We aren’t sure what her mother language is but we are sure she has many to choose from.