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When my child was born I promised myself that I would consider myself a good parent only if I am able to gift my child a love for books. At a time when console video games, television and school homework claim all of a child’s time, making sure the child makes time for a good read can be challenging. Considering the kind of advantages reading has on kids, this is definitely not an activity that kids do away with.   Here are a few fun (read workable) tips on ...
Post by: guddu
Last week we spoke about how the author's writing style and character sketches within any given novel enrich the book reading experience. This week we shall touch upon autobiographical traces and visuals, something that again adds greatly to the entire reading experience.     Autobiographical traces Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence is a good example of semi autobiographical work. The setting, premise and characters of such novels borrow heavily from ...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
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 k...
Post by: Sonia Safri
  Shabia Ravi Walia, like every woman, dreamed of being a mother. However, it was not easy for her. She waited for 3 years to conceive after she decided to make an addition to her family. And her first book - Mamma Mania - is an account of all that happened from the time she decided to go for it till it really happened. The book is part funny, part emotional and completely informative. From the funny incident of acting pregnant when she was not, to moments of ...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
The launch of Growing Up In Pandupur in Mumbai gave us a chance to interact with two very versatile and creative authors - Adithi and Chatura Rao.   Growing Up In Pandupur is a marvelous collection of 13 short stories for children. And parents alike.   The writing is mature and stable, but at no place does it feel commanding or overbearing. So kids will have no difficulty breezing through the stories.   Talking to the author-sisters would really ma...
Post by: Sonia Safri
While some authors are synonymous with comic-fantasy fiction, it is worthwhile to spend some time looking for books by lesser-known comic-fantasy authors too. One could stumble into a book that is equivalent to a Thursday Next or a Nursery Crime . Such a book could be a pleasure to begin with and open a reader’s mind to a new frontier of imagination. It thrills the senses and leaves the reader yearning for more of such literature. Comic fantasies bring humor i...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
Amongst the very many habits, the one that I would certainly like my daughter to inherit is the habit of reading. Seeing her seated in her own private corner devouring good books, being able to use the most fitting words, discovering the importance of pronouncing words rightly and making use of the right punctuations and pauses as and when necessary, would make me a happy mother . But for kids to inculcate such a skill set, it is important for parents to step in and br...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
Remember how when we were young, nursery rhymes were amongst the first fun things we learnt and recited almost all day long? I am told that in some cultures, those fun verses were verbally passed down from one generation to another. Imagine their longevity, and “richness”! But do you realize that most nursery rhymes are extremely violent in nature, with tales of death and suffering and tragic endings?!?! Read on…    Jack and Jill ...
Post by: Sanjana Kapoor
Good children’s books have wooed many adults. The story, well-etched characters, marvelous imagination have compelled many individuals to stack their classics and chick-lit right at the bottom and pick up the rich collection by revered authors like Anant Pai, RK Narayan, JK Rowling, Christopher Paolini and Ruskin Bond. Interestingly Dr Louise Joy, a Cambridge University academic, had reasoned that traditional children's tales are popular among older readers ...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
Being a young mother I am continuously on the lookout of good parenting ideas and techniques to help raise my little one. While reading one of my favourite blogs I chanced upon a line that said the Montessori school of thought is against reading fairy tales to children. While I was shocked at this revelation I decided to dig deep into this theory. Here are the arguments: Stories like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Rapunzel  are not read out b...
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In many ways, the British Indian writer Salman Rushdie is the example of a modern writer, his language affected by the global mish-mash that the English language has become. But we as readers are not complaining, it is a delightful mix that Rushdie’s writing flows with, among other sub-layers.   The 1947-born Rushdie’s first book was the part science-fiction novel Grimus (1975).The book didn’t make much of an impact, but Rushdie stormed into th...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
    Children's literature has been popular since times immemorial. It has always encapsulated folklore, poems, lullabies and stories. With its humble yet captivating origin from the oral tradition of narrating stories, it has moved on to a grand genre of children's literature all across the globe. In the 1400s, it had a didactic theme. In the 1800s and the 1900s, a lot of children's classics were published and it is no wonder why this period is referred to as...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
       “Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”  - RL Stevenson, Treasure Island   One of the books from my earliest memories that heightened my love for reading was R. L Stevenson's Treasure Island. Packed with adventure and a rarity of colorful characters, this book has been a paradigm of adventure. This is not the only ...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
  On Award Thursdays this week, we feature American children’s writer Lois Lowry. Her books include the Quartet series, Anastasia series, Sam Krupnik series, Tate Family series and Gooney Bird series. Some of her standalone books are A Summer to Die; Here in Kennebunkport; Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye; Autumn Street; The Birthday Ball; Taking Care of Terrific; Number the Stars;  Bless This Mouse; The Silent Boy; Gossamer; Us and Uncle Fraud; The Willou...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal


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