Paromita Chakrabarti

Articles By Paromita Chakrabarti

By the Book: Seasons of the Heart

This week, a bit of mindful reading on mindful living.

By the Book: Spirit of the Times

This week, lesser-known Christmas classics: The Children’s Christmas Carol, Once in the Year: A Christmas Story, The Snowman and The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus.

The best cookbooks inspired by food from children’s classics

This week, cookbooks based on children’s classics. Here’s a selection of cookbooks for children based on enduring food memories from children’s classics.

By the Book: Dealing with Disability

This week, books that explain special needs and encourages inclusivity.

By the Book: Like a Bull in a China Shop

This week, books on how to help your child cope with her emotions. Here are a few books that help children understand the depth of their emotions and how they can cope with them.

By The Book: An Epic Tale

Perhaps, what makes an epic timeless is the way it can be looked at anew with each retelling. This week, we take a look at the many interpretations of Ramayana for children.

A Moment Of Rupture

Women are speaking and they are angry. There’s a new language of dissent.

Female desire takes the power equation out of patriarchy’s hands: Anita Nair

Writer Anita Nair, 52, on her new novel, writing about male entitlement and why a woman’s quest for identity will continue to be challenged.

By the Book: The Age of Anger

This week, books taking on patriarchy. In these dark times, how does one teach a future generation about rules of engagement and give them tools to take on patriarchy head on? These books might have some pointers

By the Book: War, What is It Good For?

This week, books on the ravages of war - from 'I Believe in Unicorns' and 'No Guns At My Son’s Funeral' to 'Dear World: A Syrian Girl’s Story of War and Plea for Peace'.

By the Book: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

This week, on lesser-known books on adventure.

Playing with Fire: Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar on his first children’s book

Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar on his first children’s book and why the withdrawal of his suspension brings relief, not vindication. His book is titled Jwala Kumar and the Gift of Fire: Adventures in Champakbagh (Talking Cub).

In Absentia

Against the backdrop of a politically tumultuous Assam, a discursive meditation on identity, loss and belonging

By the Book: By Golly, ’Tis Fun To Be Young

This week, on lesser-known Enid Blyton series.

By The Book: Fact and Fiction

A curated list of recommendations for the young ’uns: This week, on biographies of Indian rulers and political icons. Here are a few historical biographies for children which tell the story as things were.

By The Book: School is Cool

This week, on school stories by Indian authors. While Enid Blyton’s school stories have led generations of young readers to aspire for midnight feasts and games of lacrosse, here are some Indian books that are set in schools closer to our reality.

Writing a New Chapter: Publisher Naveen Kishore on nearly four decades of Seagull Books

When it started, Seagull Books was an odd bird in the publishing world. Publisher Naveen Kishore on nearly four decades of its pioneering work and his plans for Delhi.

Girls are Coming Out of the Woods

Who do we talk about when we speak of gender warriors in India? A new book has some answers

By The Book: The Beautiful Game

This week, on football. The bigwigs might be out of the race in this World Cup of upsets, but that does nothing to dim the excitement inherent in a tournament of this stature.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

A reading list for the young ones that will take them on flights of fantasy; introduce them to art and artists, folktales and architectural heritage; and even teach them a thing or two about feminism.