Speaking Tiger, a fairly new
publishing house, has just launched
their children’s imprint, Talking
Cub. And they’ve announcing their
arrival, quite fittingly on Childrens’
Day, along with an anthology of
stories picked by Ruskin Bond and
Jerry Pinto. Kids will be pleased that
the theme of the book is pranks!
And the blurb promises a wide
variety of pranksters.
The prankster in my short story ‘Friends or Enemies?’ is a cat! There she is… above the book title, guarding a big bone.
It’s been super fun working on Pratham Books’ series
of STEM books for early readers. ‘Tomato Chutney’ is
about a pair of siblings who discover some messy
truths about relative weights while doing the vegetable
shopping for their mother. Priya Kuriyan’s stunning
illustrations will ensure every little reader remembers
this concept of ‘lighter and heavier’ for life!
I explored the idea of tables in the story ‘Maths at the Mela’ — about a bunch of smart school kids out on a field trip to a mela… accompanied by a not-so-bright teacher. Illustrator Nirzara Verulkar’s illustrations are super. She’s somehow conveyed this feeling of the kids being indulgent of a slightly slow teacher wonderfully. These pictures unfortunately are my phone shots off the laptop screen.
Both books will be out soon. It’s particularly exciting to know that they’ll be printed in five languages, including Kannada!
This September, the winners of Deccan Herald’s annual short story contest (conducted by Sunday Herald) were announced. I illustrated a couple of the prize winning stories.
‘Crockery’ by Jessamine Therese Mathew
…and ‘Sea-crets’ by Pragya Joshi