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...

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>...

Author of the month on The Duckbill Gang

Mighty pleased to be Author of the Month on the lovely website, The Duckbill Gang.  If you haven’t already, do visit it for your children to sign up and get access to all kinds of fun around books and writing. As author of the month, I’ll be posting on writing, inspiration, grocery lists, stick figures, writing contests and more. Here’s my first post: What do you want to be when you grow up? Shudder!...
Get cracking! History Mystery code sheets!

Get cracking! History Mystery code sheets!

Am delighted to share the History Mystery code sheets as a do-at-home activity with your kids. Ashoka and the Muddled Messages features a mystery of Emperor Ashoka’s messages being muddled. In real life we had forgotten how to read the script that Emperor Ashoka had his messages written in. We had the mystery of the unreadable script! Along came James Prinsep, determined to decipher it, which he eventually did in 1837. Ashokan Brahmi is India’s earliest deciphered written script today. I’ve created a simplified code and created activity sheets based on letters from Ashokan Brahmi. Decode them and read shortened versions of some of Ashoka’s messages. Follow the link for the sheets and code: THE HISTORY MYSTERY CODE ACTIVITY....
Rooster Raga crows at Young India books

Rooster Raga crows at Young India books

Review time for Rooster Raga. Delighted to read this on the Young India Books website. “A visual treat with its brilliant colours, great layout and minimal text! This book is sure to delight and entertain children everywhere…  …On the surface, the story is bright, effervescent and fun, but deep down it conveys an all-important message to children – It is alright to be different. Everyone has his or her own special talent and own special challenges. It is neccessary to understand and appreciate them and ford our own individual paths with confidence.” -Young India Books...