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Growing Up In Pandupur by Adithi and Chatura Rao - Book Launch

Post by: Sonia Safri

24th July, Mumbai:

So I had quite an eventful Sunday. While all of you were busy sleeping and lazying around, I was on my way to attend the book launch of Growing up In Pandupur, by authors Adithi and Chatura Rao.

A bit cranky and a bit annoyed with the early morning travel, I reached Landmark at Kemp’s Corner at 11am sharp…only to find it shut! My first thought: Was I mistaken about the launch date??? But thankfully a kind lady (with a really cute kid) waiting alongside sensed my doubt and smiled at me. “They will open in just about five minutes,” she said. And she was right.

The store opened in exactly five minutes. And as I walked in, I was pleasantly surprised to notice that the area had already been arranged for the book launch.

I looked around and got myself a seat, after picking up a copy of the book. And guess what –the authors walked in and following them was Kalki Koechlin, right on time!



Looking pretty and dainty in a simple white blouse and a polka dotted skit, with her hair tied up and two pretty flowers adorning the small bun, she looked like a kid herself. Soon I noticed the place throbbing with activity as kids poured in dragging their parents (literally) to attend the book reading session.
Kalki’s childish smile is so infectious and contagious that it turned the atmosphere into a very pleasant and a lively one. Kalki and the authors put small little spots on the faces of the kids, as a part of the activity that followed thereafter.







 (L-R) Adithi Rao, Kalki Koechlin, Chatura Rao  


Kalki was up first reading the first story from the book – “Polka-dotted Party” (hence the dots on the kids’ faces). She engrossed the kids in the story with her animated narration and complimenting intonations.

The kids cheered as Kalki wrapped and Chatura was up next reading her story- “Warm-fuzzy”. The kids sprung into energy and action as the authors indulged them in making “warm fuzzy” for their loved ones. (Oh, you have to read the story to know what a warm fuzzy is!)
And finally Adithi took over for her reading session, the last for the day.

The continuous clicking and flashes of the shutter bugs was proof enough that the photographers did not want to miss any single minute of the event, capturing everything in their lenses.
The cute little kids, all high on energy, flanked the authors and Kalki all throughout. There was no single minute of rest. And it was so much fun! No annoying hullabaloo or being cranky. All the 15-20 odd kids cheerfully obliged the adults.



About the book:
Growing up in Pandupur is quite an exciting collection of 13 short stories by the sisters: Adithi and Chatura Rao. Pandupur is a fictitious village in South India. The book opens with a map of Pandupur (located near the River Dhun) followed by Dhun’s Song –a creative dedication to the river. Through Pandupur’s children and families, the authors have spun a web of stories –life-lessons in growing up: laughter and tears, insecurities, acts of kindness, friendship, mirth, mischief –stories that will resonate in the hearts and minds of children everywhere.



Oh, and I happened to see Abhinav Kashyap and Imtiaz Ali grace the event towards the end.

I did get a few minutes with the authors to talk about the book and the stories therein, so watch this space as I would be putting up the interview soon!


Let me take the liberty to add that as I glanced through the stories, I was hooked on to them. The stories are not only for children…adults/parents will surely enjoy reading and narrating them too.
Go pick a copy and you'd know what I'm saying.  





(L-R) Abhinav Kashyap, Adithi Rao, Imtiaz Ali, Chatura Rao

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It is a great book. No matter what age, all stories are very appealing.
Tue,Jul 26th 2011 12:51 PM