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Moyna can't go to school because she has to tend goats, collect firewood, fetch water. But she is full of questions. An inspiring story by the acclaimed Jnanpith award-winning writer.
Sonabai lives by making and selling sweets with berries from her tree. All is well until Kolaba the fox enters the scene. A Marathi folktale with stylised paper-cut illustrations.
Big, burly Tarlochan is a champion wrestler, eager for some real challenge. The pictures for this robust folk fantasy from Punjab imbibe the spirit of its fun-loving feisty people. Phulkari, 'flower-work' embroidery typical of Punjab, adds richness to the illustrations.
Nazneen carefully cooks some fragrant marzwangan kurma for a special family dinner. But just when it is all ready, guests arrive. The illustrations use traditional Kashmiri embroidery motifs to provide ambience for the story.
This hilarious folktale from Gujarat follows miserly Bhikhubhai's desperate attempts to get himself a coconut — all free! Pictures in the book are based on the stylised painted paper scrolls used by Garoda storytellers in northern Gujarat.
Kali is an Irula, traditionally snake-catchers, and so his classmates find him strange. Will Kali ever make friends? A sensitive story about identity with evocative watercolour pictures. 2018: Best of Indian Children's Writing: Contemporary (English)
A fictional take based on research on how zero came to be used in mathematical calculations. Was it Muchu the merchant's idea? Illustrations have bright earthy colours and textures.
When the people beg a lazy god to find land, he goes to the astrologer for help. A zany story from the Bhilalas of central India, with pictures based on original mud-wall paintings. 2000: Excellence in Publishing, Federation of Indian Publishers (English)
A bad tempered snake learns the secret of life from a wandering monk. The charming, evocative drawings are adapted from the Kalighat style of painting popular in Bengal.
What happens when a grouchy giant decides to scoop all colour out of the world – from the trees and flowers, from the birds and animals, the fish and the waters? A quaint, fairytale-like story, set amidst magnificent mountains, leafy forests, swirling seas and skies.
“Let’s play house-house!” decide Sunehri and her friends. So they put together some old plates and bowls, empty packets of chips, plastic bottles, a broken helmet… things they’ve collected going about their work in the city on whose streets they live. 2019: Best of Indian Children's Writing: Contemporary Award (English)
Maoo the kitten looks up — and there… above Murali Mama’s jolly smile is something thunderous and black, thick and curly… his moustache! Terrified, Maoo runs away. It takes more encounters with all kinds of moustaches and a few whiskers for his hairy woes to end.
“We were late. We were running in the street. We had played in the river, and we had climbed trees...” Everything Amma had said NOT to do! A story of everyday fun that lights up the close bond between a boy and a dog, with clues that gently tell us that the boy is blind. 2018: Best of Indian Children's Writing: Contemporary (English)