Book Week 2013

So This Is What We Learnt…

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….Through this Book Week  I think we should make it an every year event…We had tons of book reviews, loads of articles on book reading, had stories being told and most importantly had people talk to us about book reading. Like we said earlier, it all started with Deepa Kiran’s interview where she told us

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Book Review – Dancing on Walls by Shamim Padamsee

Dancing on Walls by Shamim Padamsee

Author – Shamim Padamsee; Illustrations – Uma Krishnaswmy; Publisher – Tulika Books I got this book for R when she was around 3.5 years old. I got enamored by the cover page and just picked it up. I read it to her then, but she was only interested in the pictures of the book, and I

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Book Week 2013, Story Time

Stories Retold: Crow and the Vadai

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This is a grandma’s tale from my mother for my daughter: One day there was a crow that was cawing up on a tree. He saw one paati (grandmother) making vadais (vadas/holed deep fried savory fritter) He asked the paati : “Paati , Paati, can you give me one vadai?” Paati said: “ Ok, you

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Book Review – Busy Busy Grand Ant by Sandhya Rao

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I have always been fascinated by ants since my childhood. In my house at Baroda, we used to have these line of black ants travelling in a straight line in the veranda and always scurrying here and there carrying something or the other. I always wished to become an ant and get into an ant

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Book Week 2013, Perspectives

A Favourite Author –R.K. Narayan

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I love this author and his ability for narrating the human experience. I have read many of R.K.’s books. I am always mesmerised by the way he breathes life in to his characters. Whether it was Swami’s life from Swami and his friends or that of Nagaraj from The World of Nagaraj, R.K. always made

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Book Review – Spike’s Best Nest by Tony Maddox

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RD’s friend from Australia got this book for R last year, when she realised that it’s one of the best gifts to give to R instead of giving her clothes and toys 🙂 R and I loved reading this book. Written and illustrated by Tony Maddox, Spike’s Best Nest, is about a sparrow named Spike.

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Book Week 2013

Book Review – The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

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The Book Week has been on since the 15th of the month and I am just sending in my contribution??!! Che che che!! Lazy, lazy me! But then, that’s what almost everybody in my family will tell you if you ask them to describe me, with the first adjective that comes to their minds 😛 And

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Book Review – Aaloo-Maaloo-Kaaloo by Vinita Krishna

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The R household loves potatoes. You give it to us in any form and we will consume it. But we didn’t pick up the ‘Aaloo-Maaloo-Kaaloo‘ book published by Pratham Books for that reason. We picked it up because we LOVED the title. R and I often dissolve into giggles when we read the title. For

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Book Review – Gently Falls the Bakula by Sudha Murty

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I am a big fan of Sudha Murthy’s books and have read almost all her books that have been published in English.  Gently Falls the Bakula  is an all time favorite which I can read any number of times. The author’s way of writing, plot of the story and beautifully created characters add to the

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Book Week 2013, Perspectives

Books and Us

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Isn’t this the best time to discuss about books? Thank you IMC for setting the stage. I can now write about our recent experience with books at our new place, which would have otherwise, remained unsaid forever.   We R2I (Returned to India for the uninitiated!) from US few weeks back and one of my

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Book Review – Seriously, I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres

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Recently, my sister gave me the latest book by Ellen Degeneres titled “Seriously I’m Kidding”. I am an Ellen fan…love her talk shows, her dancing. her comic timing and who can forget Dory in Finding Nemo…she’s so funny! In her book some jokes are typically Ellen, some fundas Oprah like, some chapters too short but

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Book Week 2013, Story Time

What Did She Want To Be? – Story Time

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In January, the little girl wanted to be a sweater, so that she could give warmth to every one In February, she thought she would become a house, so that she could give shelter to loads of creatures, including insects and birds (they don’t have anywhere else to stay na) In March, she wanted to

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Book Review – Matilda by Roald Dahl

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I often get asked for suggestions for Children’s books, and a lot of times, I find it tough to give recommendations! I mean, there are so many to choose from, and sometimes, I forget. And then remember some weeks later that, ‘Oh yes, this would have been a perfect book for that child!’ So to

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Book(s) Review – The Taj Trilogy by Indu Sundaresan

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I’d read the three books in the Taj trilogy – The Twentieth Wife, The Feast of Roses and Shadow Princess – all written by Indu Sundaresan. I should say that it took me over a fortnight to come out from the world of Mughals, which the author had painted through her words. The writing was so captivating. The fact that it is

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Book Week 2013, Story Time

The Teeth That Told A Story – Story Time

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So I came up with the story of the teeth for the brat to brush her teeth! RM: Abhi R if you don’t brush your teeth fast, your teeth will cry R: Kyun (why?) RM: They will get dirty na… R: Kyun (why?) RM: Errr…because you have eaten all stuff na R: Kyun (why?) RM:!!!!! As

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