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The Trickster Bird/Soothrakkari Pakshi (Malayalam)

Author : Rinchin
Illustrator : Manjari Chakravarti

A humorous grandma story about a smart partridge, which gently draws attention to the plight of the Paardhi tribals of Madhya Pradesh who have had to leave the forest to become ragpickers in the city.

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Age 6+
Specifications 28 pages; 8.5” x 9.5”; full colour; soft cover
Translator G. Mohanakumari
ISBN 978-93-5046-760-2

When Renchu prods her grandmother for a story, Daadi launches into one about when Renchu's grandfather was fooled by a partridge in the forest. But Daadis stories are never told straight. She is 'sometimes in the story and sometimes out of it'. And as she moves in an out, we see two worlds - one of a time when Renchu's family were people of the forest and trapped birds for the begum's parties, and one of now when they have been forced into cities to live in jhuggis as ragpickers. The reader too is made to flit between the contrasting milieus through the distinct colour palettes, styles of the beautiful illustrations. Although narrated with all the flavour and affectionate humour of a grandma story, in her characteristic style Rinchin gently draws attention to the plight of the Paardhi tribals of Madhya Pradesh, who still bear the stigma of being once classified as a criminal community.

Deeply profound

“Rinchin and Manjari Chakravarti’s The Trickster Bird is a beautiful and very important story which narrows the chasm between ‘us’ and 'them’… The book is deeply profound without being sanctimonious and preachy.” - The Book Review, November 2016.

Sensitive, nuanced

The little book is poignant without being maudlin and is sure to evoke an emotional response in a reader, young or old, and make us question or at least become aware our prejudices and indifference, living as we do in an age of privilege and entitlement... The illustrations in The Trickster Bird match the complexity of the story. The drawings are moving and highlight the plight of those who live in poverty. Goodbooks.in

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The Trickster Bird/Soothrakkari Pakshi (Malayalam)

The Trickster Bird/Soothrakkari Pakshi (Malayalam)

A humorous grandma story about a smart partridge, which gently draws attention to the plight of the Paardhi tribals of Madhya Pradesh who have had to leave the forest to become ragpickers in the city.

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