Ruru’s Kukaroo-Kuroo at Bookaroo in Delhi and Pune

Ruru’s Kukaroo-kuroo at Bookaroo Delhi    Move over, lungi and singham dance, we say, because the simply spectacular Jeeva Aunty is here with a foot-tapping (soon to be chart topping) number with so much zing it’ll also make you sing! Jeeva Aunty will flag off andfinish the celebrations at Bookaroo, Delhi with Rooster Raga. When: Saturday, 23 November, 11 am Where:  The Stage, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) Ages: 4 – 40 When: Sunday, 24 November, 4 pm Where: The Stage, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) Ages: 4 – 40 A sneak peek below! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw6tOUYghj8&w=320&h=266] Pune welcomes Bookaroo (30 November – 1 December) Ruru Kukaroos On! Clap and tap along with writer Natasha Sharma and skip, stretch, stamp and roll with Ruru’s friends as they teach him to find his raga! When: Saturday, November 30, 12:30 -1:30 pm Where: The Palms, Shambaji Rao Park, JM Road, Pune Ages: 4 –...

Rooster Raga’s singing on my table

I sang with joy when I opened the envelope and pulled out my copy of my new book with Tulika – Rooster Raga. Priya’s wonderful illustrations light up every page as you journey through the farm with Ruru the rooster. I thought what better way to photograph it than to have Ruru, so bright and cheerful on the cover, greet the morning sun on my coffee table. To all the wonderful folks at Tulika and to the illustrator Priya Kuriyan … … Thank you! I am in awe! Rooster Raga is currently available on the Tulika website and will soon be in bookstores and online stores like flipkart, amazon, infibeam and eureka by the first week of December. 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 ` z x c v b n m , . / shift English Deutsch Español Français Italiano Polski Português Русский alt alt...

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...

My doggy chronicles

When Anushka and Sayoni, my publishers and editors at Duckbill asked me to write a piece for the Duckbill blog around life, dogs, bonkers and stuff in general, it certainly took me down memory lane. Pure admiration shone through the smiles, giggles and snorts as I recalled so many moments growing up with numerous dogs. Admiration for my parents who were brave enough to add yet another dog to a growing brood. The runt of every other litter was always too weak to hand over. Some never left for one of us would form an emotional attachment. Others appeared when we lost a dog to old age or an illness. Along with the many dogs came the fun times with their many antics, the tough times when a dog fell unwell, the over excited times when a few days old pup would open its eyes for the first time, the heart thumping times when a new litter would be delivered by a labouring mother in front of me… It was hard to pick the few instances. Here then are… … The doggy...

The dog is out of the bag! Bonkers is here!

Always such a delight to open the pack and see one’s book in paper and ink for the very first time. Fun stuff going on with interesting contests around the book. If you are a dog lover or dog owner, do click away on the links below. MAKE YOUR DOG FAMOUS!  Mail a video clip or a photograph of your dog caught in a funny, silly moment with a little write up and make him famous. We’ll feature him on our Facebook hOle books page and if he has us rolling on the floor, he’ll even get included in our video. He may even win you a prize!Email to platypus@duckbill.in by 30 September. How dog-gone crazy are you contest?  Guess the breeds of the dogs in this pic and mail your answers to platypus@duckbill.in by October 10. (I may have been over ambitious while putting this together, so if you don’t get Breed 7, we may still consider you.) Quickly write in with all the names that you know and win yourself a copy of Bonkers! You can buy the book at most bookstores and online stores like...