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...

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 chronicles Share...

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 flipkart Share...
Look what’s brewing this October!

Look what’s brewing this October!

I am looking forward to my copy of Bonkers! – a Duckbill hOle book coming to bookstores this October. It’s printed and already on its way to bookstores! There’s also Rooster Raga in the making at Tulika books and that should be in bookstores this October as well. All this talk on making and brewing has me itching to whip up a batch of cupcakes. I have also in recent times realised that the amount of baking I do is correlated to my writing. These are just a few of my usual reasons for baking when I am trying to focus on writing. A submission deadline takes the baking frenzy to an all new level: My kids look starved and uncared for and the only thing in the world that can fix that is a batch of brownies. I really must try that new recipe. My lovely ingredients are going past expiry date so I must use them up. My neighbour has been hounding me for a batch of cupcakes. I really must oblige. Neighbourhood kids want a bake out session. Someone’s got to do it! The oven is getting rusty since it’s not been used for two whole days. I need a break – yes, that’s sometimes the case. I need the smell of freshly baked goodies to kick start my thinking. I need to clear my head. Its a celebration! I just need to bake! Share...