And it looks like the trend is here to stay, even for liberals. The vitriol we saw these elections is seen everywhere, even in private WhatsApp groups, social media or conversations around the office water cooler.
"The trolls that this book specifically highlights are online bullies. While they are often nameless/faceless avatars, trolls can also be classmates, co-workers, people in the community. It’s really anyone who is trying to make you feel bad just because."
Gandhi Jayanti: "I think the mistake we have made is to deify the image of Gandhi and take him so far away from the grasp of children. Children cannot aspire to be God, but they can and must aspire to be empathetic, informed human beings who are willing to take action when they can."
"Friendship, like most relationships, requires learning and understanding. If as children, we know of the qualities that make a good friend, we will develop the right discernment and know how to nurture these qualities in ourselves."
“The book features birds from marshy wetlands like the Purple Moorehens, nocturnal birds like the Indian Nightjar, those commonly found in our urban cities like the Asian Koels, Magpie Robins, sunbirds, kingfishers and Jungle Babblers, among others.”
"The line 'the wand chooses the wizard' amazes me. The Celtic calendar shows each month and the wood that goes with it. For instance, Harry, whose birthday is on the July 31, owned a wand made out of holly since July falls on the Holly cycle."
Tinkle's Tantri the Mantri becomes king: “Since he was behind most of the attempts of King Hooja’s life, he would now be paranoid about someone pulling a Tantri on him,” says Rajani Thindiath, Editor-in-Chief, Tinkle.
Maybe the fault also lies with us, the people. Instead of WhatsApp forwards and memes, if we spent time reading hefty political analysis and asked the right questions, politicians trying to curry favour would not be able to obfuscate issues.
"It's a special feeling, to be able to bring happiness to children. My books are humorous and I want children to laugh and enjoy reading them. When children tell me how much they love Butterfingers, how they laughed their way through the novels and the stories, I feel vindicated as a children's writer," says the author.
In Rohit Kulkarni’s The Pottering Pig, Lalita, the naughty pet pig of potter Mini Singh is always in trouble. Is she just being pig-headed? We spoke to the author about the book and his chilled out, good-natured pet, who he believes is far more intelligent than any dog.
"In today’s world, kids are bombarded constantly by the technological advances we have made. Our main character Dev uses meditation to master himself, which in turn enables him to defeat the various characters and challenges that he faces in our adventure story."
History and travel are two great teachers. History tells us about who we are and where we come from. It teaches us lessons and inspires us. And what could be a better way to learn about our heritage than travelling to these wonderful monuments? It’s so much more interesting for children to be able to see, smell and get a sense of a place by visiting it, rather than just reading about it. It’s fun and learning happens only when children are having fun.
If we look at the entire population, an average child under eight in the UK has six books outside of his/her school books. In India, understandably because of poverty, illiteracy etc, the figure would be lower. But can you believe it is less than one book per 100 children? We have a long way to go.
Having a baby didn’t stop Jaipur-based blogger Deenaz Raisinghani from making travel plans. In fact, the mom to a three-year-old has travelled to nine countries with the baby, as a family and even solo. The Backpacking Mama tells us why she recommends that every parent follow her lead! When were you first bit by the […]
In small towns in India, we still see many women commuting on cycles and mopeds. Chandra, the character in Miss Laya's Fantastic Motorbike Does Not Like Fruits is based on a single mother who is a farmer, and rides a moped.