My sessions at Bookaroo in Pune and Junior Writers Bug in Mumbai

Two fun-filled weekends ahead! Join me at Bookaroo in Pune next weekend, Nov 30 – Dec1 or at the Junior Writers Bug festival on December 8 for some crowing, barking, burping and more madness. Details of my sessions: Bookaroo in Pune, at Sambhaji Park Jive to Rooster Raga November 30th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, The lawns at Sambhaji Park, Pune Time to go Bonkers! November 30th, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, The stage at Sambhaji Park, Pune Let’s get Icky, Yucky, Mucky! December 1st, 2pm – 3pm, Crafty Corner at Sambhaji Park, Pune Junior Writers Bug, at Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai Opposite Dharavi bus depot Jive to the Rooster Raga December 8th, 11:45am – 12:45 am, in the Kahaani Corner, Maharashtra Nature Park Time to go Bonkers December 8th, 4:15pm – 5:15pm, in Nisarg, Maharashtra Nature Park To know more about each session read on: Jive to Rooster Raga. For children 4-7 years. Jump, jive, shake and sing with me as I prance about and read from my most recent book Rooster Raga. Then make your own roosters to take back home. Time to go Bonkers. For children 6-9 years. Join me as I read from my book, Bonkers! and enjoy an utterly mad session as I transport you to the world of doggie fun and my childhood home with 39 animals and 6 adults. Learn how to draw your very own Bonkers dog. Woof! Let’s get Icky, Yucky, Mucky! For children 6-9 years. Meet a Maharaja with the worst table manners ever, a nibbly Maharani and indulge your senses in a session of burps and slurps. Join me for an animated reading...

From a Bonkers doodle to a Bonkers! dog

Bonkers! started off as my sign-off on cards while in college. Back then, I would doodle two big eyes connected by a bulbous nose (any suggestion of resemblance of the doodle’s nose to mine shall be seriously frowned upon). This would be finished off with a smile, a little tooth sticking out and a scribble saying ‘Bonkers!’ Recently, when a dear friend recalled this, I took a closer look at the Bonkers from college and the facial features of Bonkers now created by Deepti Sunder, the illustrator of the book. Deepti has given the mad mutt gigantic crazy eyes. A dog’s nose in any case leans towards being blobby. She rounded off the face with a nice doggy grin with a little tongue sticking out. Take a look! Preferences § 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 – = Backspace Tab q w e r t y u i o p [ ] Return capslock a s d f g h j k l ; ‘ shift ` z x c v b n m , . / shift English Deutsch Español Français Italiano Polski Português Русский alt alt Preferences Share...

My experience at Bookaroo in the city

This was my first time with Bookaroo in the city, and as all new things go, it was exciting to say the least. With a rushed three days in Delhi, my mornings began with readings from my recently released book, Bonkers! (Duckbill books). I read to groups as large as 150 students at the Kendriya Vidyala at Tagore Garden and the Andhra Education Society school. I was delighted to see the open-mouthed expressions on the children’s faces when I related childhood escapades with my dogs. The children joined in with all their enthusiasm as they counted the number of animals versus people in my childhood home (it was something like 39 versus 6 at one point!) and the number of ‘TANGS’ the doggie bowl hurled down sounded out. After real and fictional episodes, I led the children through a step-by-step demonstration of drawing their own Bonkers! Excited comments, questions and ‘see mine, see mine!’ peppered this bit. We had many adorable Bonkers coming to life in their notepads. Kudos to the Bookaroo team. Things moved like clock work. Thank you to the teachers and students for letting me be a part of their day so warmly. To a great Bookaroo ahead! Click here to know more about the upcoming Bookaroo in Delhi (November 23-24) and Bookaroo in Pune (November 30-December 1).  Preferences Preferences Preferences Preferences Preferences Preferences Preferences § 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 – = Backspace Tab q w e r t y u i o p [ ] Return capslock a s d f g h j k l ; ‘ shift...

When fiction inspires real life …

When fiction inspires real life … While real life often inspires stories, it isn’t too often that a book inspires real life drama. This morning, our dog Obi Singh enacted the opening scene from Bonkers! Unlike Bonkers, he isn’t a newly acquired puppy. Rather Obi is an over charged one year old, so there isn’t any justification for his actions. While his mother (also my mother) was out on her early morning walk around the house, Obi charged into her to wish her a good morning. The greeting often includes grabbing her track pant and tugging at it. Since attempting to walk with a dog attached to your ankle can be rather tough, she bent down to extricate her pant from his slobbery mouth. Did I forget to mention that her glasses were dangling on her shirt? Obi shot up and BAM! rammed into her… (click to read the entire story on the Duckbill blog) Preferences § 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 – = Backspace Tab q w e r t y u i o p [ ] Return capslock a s d f g h j k l ; ‘ shift ` z x c v b n m , . / shift English Deutsch Español Français Italiano Polski Português Русский alt alt Preferences Share...

Review of Bonkers! on Young India books

A review of Bonkers! on the Young India books website: “How does one get a child to read books is the question many parents of young children ask. Well, I say, get them books such as this one. It’s funny, it’s witty, it’s quick-paced and as a bonus there is an underlying message that bullies also have their Achilles heel, one just has to wait to find it …” – Young India Books (Read more) To know more about the book, click here. Bonkers! is available in bookstores and online stores like flipkart Share...