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!
Illustrating Janaki Murali’s book ‘Gulu Naami and the Destiny Keepers’ has jolted me out of my comfort zone. I’ve never done pure fantasy before. But I’m enjoying the challenge.
I wonder how many editions there are of Ruskin Bond’s popular story…
‘The Blue Umbrella’. Google the book and you’ll find so many different editions of it. Obviously, countless lucky illustrators all over have had a chance to work on this fabulous story. It’s a novella, so it was only for a short period of a few weeks that I could lose myself in this spunky pahaadi girl’s life, as it got serialised a few months ago.
Thrilled when the Puffin team shared the design for the invite. Couldn’t have asked for anything better.
What do a pair of 16-year-old twins do when the person they’re closest to, happens to be a ghost?
My book ‘Trapped’ is out…on Amazon, Kindle and Flipkart. It’s about twins Anandita and Arjun, struggling to keep their close relationship with their ghost sibling, Amit, hidden from their clueless, worrying parents. The book is about how they cope…with their ghost brother’s unhappiness with his situation; their upcoming board exams; their budding romances AND the arrival of another strange ghost in their home. As the three ‘siblings’ support, adore and fight with each other, music turns out to be the best antidote for most of their problems.
Here’s a review by Yash Kesavamurthy in Book Riot: http://bookriot.com/2017/03/23/indiya-young-adultcrossover-titles-from-india/
And you can read a review of the book on a UK website, For Reading Addicts, here.
This absolutely made my day for a number of reasons:
1. Public pat on back from a successful writer
2. Said writer and self go back many years so I also felt warm and weak-kneed (apart from feeling 10 ft tall)!
3. And all this on the blog of a publishing house that I truly admire
Here’s a link to Sravasti Datta’s article after ‘A Pair of Twins’ featured on the Amelia Bloomer List’s Top 10. Loved the way she linked it to my earlier book and all that’s being discussed in the media, currently. Mildly embarrassed about the Kathakali like pose…!