While I'm Away

The latest addition to Little Latitude’s popular ‘Anahi and Vir’ series is a charming day-in-the-life story that manages to completely capture the nuances of sibling love. Over the course of just five books, these two have become well-known characters in the world of Indian...

The Unknown Indians: People Who Quietly Changed Our World

In the Ramayana, there is the story of the squirrel who sought to help in the building of the bridge to Lanka, one small pebble at a time. The vanar-sena make fun of the helpful creature, but Lord Rama intervenes and blesses the squirrel with a stroke of his hand, thus marking its tail...

A Perfect Match

Ramendra Kumar is a prolific spinner of yarns, and A Perfect Match is a perfect example of this. The title itself is vintage Ramendra, pun and all, as you will realise very soon. But first, if all grandmas and grandpas had the energy and ingenuity of Dadaji and Dadiji who star in this...

Eighteen Tides and a Tiger

The Sunderbans are one of the few, if not the only, tiger reserves left that retain an air of mystery. This is not only on account of its landscape—ecologically distinct from other tiger reserves in the country—but also because of the absence of the intensive jeep safaris (tourism)...

Simply Nanju

Simply Nanju is a special piece of writing. Although it is bound to be summarised as such, I don’t think it’s fair to pigeonhole this as a book about children with disabilities. Yes, it’s set in a school for differently abled young people. And yes, it has a great deal...

Ayesha and the Firefish

Ayesha and the Firefish is a sci-fi adventure fantasy novel with a dash of the spiritual thrown in for good measure. It has many appealing qualities that will make it enjoyable to a young reader (age ten and up? Maybe an advanced reader who is eight or nine could try, too). There’...

I'd Rather Read

Reading this inspiring little book was such a wonderful experience and I’m grateful to the contributors and its editor Sudeshna Shome Ghosh. It was like sitting in a cosy room near a blazing fire listening to like-minded people. Being Chennai of course the fire was replaced by a cyclonic...

Oddbird

Oddbird’s heroine Oddy is a miniature human girl who lives in a cupboard and is looked after by a couple of pigeons called Ma and Pikku and a squirrel, Chottu. They bring Oddy things to eat, take her out on trips, protect her from “normal”-sized humans, and help her...

Not Yet!

Every child is an artful dodger when it comes to delaying sleep time and what better way to explore this universal little bedtime preamble than through a fun children’s book? Every child wishes he or she could squeeze a little extra time into the day and postpone sleep time, which is why...

When Bholu Came Back

Bholu is a camel with heart, energy, ideas, and a never-say-die attitude. When Bholu Came Back is a simple story, simply told, of how the dwindling fortunes of a camel carter, Beni Ram, are restored by his gallant vahana, Bholu, even though no one wants to use a camel cart anymore....