Maharaja Moochh cupcakes!

Maharaja Moochh cupcakes!

Look what I rediscovered as I was browsing through the Icky, Yucky, Mucky blog that was started when my first book released! Wonderful (if I may say so myself) Maharaja Moochh cupcakes that I had created back then. Inspired at the time by Maharaja Icky, they fit the role of Vandana Bist’s portrayal of Akbar in Akbar and the Tricky Traitor rather well! In fact, since many of our maharaja’s had moustaches of all forms, moochh cupcakes can quite easily work for the entire History-Mystery series! As you scroll down to take a look, for those who are cooking and baking inclined, here is a idea for your next food creation. In Mauryan times, brightly coloured beards were a fashion statement amongst men. How about trying out a cupcake-la-beard? Please share photographs if you do try. Take a look at Akbar’s and Maharaja Icky’s moustaches on the book covers. Aren’t they wonderfully full and perfectly curled? The boys were thrilled to munch away on the Maharaja’s moustaches. Back then, the girls decided to do a messier version of fairy cupcakes till we could get around to a nibbly Maharani cupcake. A closer look revealed that those crescent things on top could well be Maharani Yucky’s nibbled off nails instead of fairy wings! Share...

An Icky, Yucky, Mucky song to round off Holi

As I scrubbed out the colour after another colourful Holi festival, the mess and slush all around made me break into the Icky, Yucky, Mucky song. For those of you who haven’t heard it, you couldn’t possibly choose a better day to hear my editor Anita Roy, multi-talented illustrator Anitha Balachandran and me croon! Presenting, without any further ado, the ICKY, YUCKY, MUCKY song, based entirely on the book Icky, Yucky, Mucky! <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/qypEf845oIw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>   Share...

My woofs, burps and kukaroo-kuroos at Bookaroo

What a delightful and satisfying weekend this was! Bookaroo in Pune had the venue Sambhaji Park packed to capacity, hordes of excited children and lots and lots of storytelling. My session, Jive to the Rooster Raga had delightful moments with the children joining in and dancing with me to the rooster raga. The session on Bonkers had a 200 strong crowd go bonkers as we talked about dogs and madcap adventures, both real and imaginary. We then drew our very own Bonkers dog and after a bit of a debate on whether to give my dog spots, we decided to give him a nice dose of patches. Donning my moustache and turban for Icky, Yucky, Mucky (it was too hot for the robe!) enables me to be that extra bit messy. Burps, slurps and nibbles come to the fore with extra panache once that fuzzy growth appears on my upper lip! We had a riot of splotch monsters come to life at the end of the session with each child creating their own to take home. For art activities around Icky, Yucky, Mucky! do look into the art and teacher kits for the book. A wonderful weekend and I hope that Bookaroo is back in Pune next year. Now, onward to the exciting Junior Writers Bug festival in Mumbai next weekend. Do join me for sessions around Bonkers and Rooster Raga. For session timings and venue click here. Share...

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...

What a fun time with a bunch of enthusiastic kids!

Sunday was a day spent in Chembur at the Junior Writers Bug children literature festival and despite the distance and Mumbai temperature to new highs, a turn into the leafy lane near St. Anthony’s school was a respite to the senses. With three workshops back to back, I had my hands full and my voice supported by many cups of tea. But what a wonderful experience! My first workshop with 40 kids – a reading of Kaka and Munni with a collage activity had the kids curious about the Dhol music that started the reading. With context of a folktale from Punjab, I read out the story with my crow puppet and a tambourine for rhythm. Much sticking followed to give us a whole forest of trees on Earth day! The next one ‘Rhyme and Rhythm in poetry’ was a house full and I was amazed yet again with the words thought up and limericks that children created in one hour. And to round off a fun morning was a packed room full of kids waiting to hear Icky, Yucky, Mucky! and make their own splotch monsters. A big thumbs up to the Junior Writers Bug team and I hope that this can go on to become an annual event. Share...