KALA GHODHA ARTS FESTIVAL takes over!

Every year, February comes around with the promise of much excitement. Chock full of birthdays and anniversaries in my family, it is a month of celebration. The weather is always brilliant. It is still early enough in the year to hope to stick by new year resolutions.¬†Then of course, there is the Kala Ghodha Festival. As with many Mumbaikars, the festival takes over 9 days of my life and has been doing so since the last few years. Be it readings I am conducting, sessions I am ferrying my kids to, attempting to jostle my way through increasingly maddening crowd to get my fix of a kala khatta or a khao suey on Rampart Row, admiring the many installations or oohing and aahing over the quirky merchandise on sale, the Kala Ghodha Arts Festival is really like no other. I do hope that if you are in Mumbai you are planning to head that way on some days. And for those with children, the Children’s Literature Section has really come into its own over the last few years. Do bring your children to be a part of the fun that the black horse whinnies in every year! If you would like to attend any of my sessions, here are the details: Writing workshop: Punctuation fun Wednesday, Feb 5th, 6:00pm, Kitab Khana.¬† Join me with your kids for an interactive writing workshop. There are no papers or pencils in this writing workshop! Listen, laugh and enjoy the fun. Get the first peek into my soon-to-release book ‘Squiggle takes a walk’. (Age 7+) Register by sending an email to litkidskgaf14@gmail.com with...
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...