The joy of home turf

There is something special about reading in a familiar space, on a familiar platform – home turf, if I may. My reading this Saturday at Kitab Khana bookstore as a part of the Children’s Literature section of the Kala Ghodha Arts Festival was one such. With the excitement of limited edition early release copies of my fourth History Mystery, Razia and the Pesky Presents and accompanied by a very tall, very crazy fellow writer, Parinita Shetty as the Wazir and my enthusiastic daughter as a stable hand as we enacted one scene, it was a session I thoroughly enjoyed. From the efficient trio of Lubaina, Parinita and Rukhsar there with hugs of encouragement to knowing my space for the next hour – where I need to leap off an elephant back (a chair stood in for it), the placement of the makeshift palki, where partners in crime need to run to in order to pinch my nose… the stage is familiar ground. There are usually a few known faces amongst the children and new ones who bring much joy with an opportunity to introduce them to my books. From Mr.Jagat and other sales staff who wave out and tell me which books are moving well, always encouraging, always supportive, to the promise of cheese toasts and sweet and sour apple tea as a reward to self at the cafe, Kitab Khana and the Kala Ghodha Arts Fest brings much joy, year on year. I’m hoping to have another juicy book to tempt them into inviting me again next year. And while non-Mumbaikars need to wait till June for Razia and the Pesky...

History Mystery available as ebooks

I am super excited and delighted to post that Akbar and the Tricky Traitor and Ashoka and the Muddled Messages are now available for download as ebooks for Kindles and iPads.  The ebooks are available on amazon.com and flipkart. Here are some quick links to download the ebooks:   From Amazon.com: Akbar and the Tricky Traitor From flipkart.com: Akbar and the Tricky Traitor From Amazon.com: Ashoka and the Muddled Messages From flipkart.com: Ashoka and the Muddled Messages The History Mystery series in paperback form is also available in bookstores in India and online stores including Flipkart, Infibeam and Amazon. View my author page on Amazon and sign up if you’d like to stay informed of new releases of my books on Amazon. 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...