This was one crazy lit fest. The madness that results when you throw assorted illustrators, performers, writers and musicians into one Tempo Traveller and shake them up really well — as in, for 5 hours non-stop, over crazy roads, between Imphal and Kohima. We emerged at the other end — shaken, stirred, ravenously hungry and somehow all friends. This first trip of mine to the North East was great. Mainly thanks to Swati and Venky who’ve turned Bookaroo into a fine art of arranging non-stop sequences of pure fun.
The kids and volunteers we interacted with were a delight… gentle, warm and once the ice was broken, totally into the spirit of things.
We’ve all returned, and are behaving like we were born and bred in Kohima, endlessly sharing new pictures from the trip and over-analysing the few days we spent there.
Was really lucky to unwrap my new book, ‘The Emperor who vanished’ before an audience for the first time, at Kohima. Also got to share ‘Trapped’ (YA) and Pratham’s ‘Maths at the Mela’ and Karadi Tales’ ‘A Pair of Twins’ with younger readers.