Just take it like a platypus.
Find some quiet, some juice, a nook
My dear kids. You must always be curious and passionate if you want to leave a mark in this world as a writer. Don’t look out for excuses for not reading. You must find time to sit down and open a page. Fall in love with the word. Savour every word that you find interesting. Find occasions where you can use it. This is a rewarding game dear.
I am sure that, at ‘The Little Reader’s Club’ you will go really deep into the rabbit hole. A fantastic world will reveal itself to you as you open your eyes and look through the prisms of books. Feeling a bit jealous that I hadn’t got such exposure when I was a child. But I am very happy for you, kids.
Manu Joseph is an Indian journalist and writer. He is the current editor of OPEN magazine. His debut novel “Serious Men” was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prizeand won the 2010 The Hindu Literary Prize. It was included in Huffington Post ‘s 10 best books of 2010. In 2011, it was shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. He also received the PEN Open Book Award for the novel in 2011.His second novel ‘The Illicit Happiness of Other People’ was published in September 2012. The novel has been described as ‘a quirky and darkly comic take on domestic life in southern India.’ Joseph was born in Kottayam, Kerala and grew up in Chennai.
Website : www.manujoseph.com
Dear Little Readers,
I am very happy to be in touch with you through this beautiful blog. Like you, I love reading books. I love writing too. As a young boy my ambition in life was to write exactly like the authors of all my favourite fairy tales. It took me a few years to realize that I should write only like one person: I.
I am sure many of you will be authors, poets and playwrights in the future. My advice to you is think simple and be yourself.
Lots of love to each of you.
Anees Salim is the author of three books.
THE VICKS MANGO TREE (HarperCollins 2011)
THE BLIND LADY’S DESCENDANTS (Amaryllis 2011)
TALES FROM A VENDING MACHINE (HarperCollins 2012)
Anees Salim, Creative Head, Draftfcb Ulka Kochi, made his literary debut with the launch of his book, ‘The Vicks Mango Tree’ (Harper Collins) in October this year.
A school drop-out, Salim spent most of his growing up days in a home library. Salim, who calls himself an autodidact, spent his adolescent days travelling across India. In 1995, he joined Ulka as a trainee copywriter.
Salim has three more books coming out in the next two years. ‘Vanity Bagh’ (Picador) sketches the picture of a tiny Pakistan inside a big Indian city. ‘The Blind Lady’s Descendants’ (Amaryllis) is written as a suicide note of a young Muslim from a little known Indian town. ‘Tales From a Vending Machine’ (Harper Collins) is the hilarious story of a young girl employed at an airport coffee shop.
More about Anees Salim. ( From http://www.exchange4media.com) Speaking on his new book, Salim shared, “‘The Vicks Mango Tree’ is essentially about the Emergency, a period millions of Indians consider as the darkest chapter of India’s history. I was too young to understand its meaning and implications when it happened. But I remember listening to people, mostly women, who supported it because they had blind faith in Indira Gandhi. And, of course, there were people who were totally upset about the Emergency, but they were as quiet about it as the censored newspapers. The Emergency was one thing I had always wanted to write a book about, even as a schoolboy.”
much-needed reading habit in our children.
Jija Madhavan Hari Singh, IPS ( Retd)
Former DGP & Commandant General Home Guards, Karnataka.
She is the founder of Art Mantram. https://www.facebook.com/art.mantram.5
Which was the first book I read? I tried recollecting, but no title comes to mind. All I remember is that as a child I knew that be it a birthday gift, or a prize for doing well in school, the gift wrapped packet could only be a book! Other than playing with friends the only way we spent our time was reading, exchanging books with friends, competing amongst our group of friends to get ahead in reading a series of Enid Blyton’s utterly gripping adventure series. If there was no new book around, the same book would be read again! There was great joy in reading a story that had already been told to us by an elder, because the stories from the Ramayana or the Panchatantra became richer in memory, with the descriptions that I came across in the printed word. Books have always been around to liven up my days. Thank God for Books!
-NABINA DASNabina Das is the author of the debut novel Footprints in the Bajra (Cedar Books, New Delhi). Her book was longlisted in the prestigious “Vodafone Crossword Book Award 2011″. An MFA (Poetry) from Rutgers University, US, and an MA (Linguistics) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, Nabina’s poetry collection Into the Migrant City, the product of an Associate Fellowship and residency with Sarai-CSDS (New Delhi) in 2010, is forthcoming from Writers Workshop. Another short fiction collection titled The House of Twining Roses is forthcoming from LiFi Publications, in early 2013. Nabina’s poetry and prose have been published in several international journals and anthologies, the latest being The Yellow Nib: Modern English Poetry by Indians, Queen’s University, Belfast. Nabina is also a contributor to Prairie Schooner literary journal from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, US, and is in the peer review committee of The Four Quarters Magazine literary journal published from northeast India. Winner of several writing residencies and fellowships (2012 Charles Wallace Fellowship in Creative Writing, University of Stirling, UK, and 2012 Sangam House Lavanya Sankaran Fiction Fellowship being the latest ones), Nabina has won prizes in major poetry contests such as the 2009 Prakriti Foundation Open Contest, 2009-10 UNISUN Reliance Poetry Contest and 2008 Open Space-HarperCollins Poetry Contest. A 2007 Joan Jakobson fiction scholar (Wesleyan University, US) and 2007 Julio Lobo fiction scholar (Lesley University, US), she has worked in journalism and media for about 10 years (The Ithaca Journal, US; Tehelka news portal, Delhi). Trained in Indian classical music, she has performed in radio/TV programs and performed in street theater. Nabina blogs athttp://nabinadas13.wordpress.com/ when not writing, teaches Creative Writing in classrooms and workshops and dabbles in writing about art in words.
Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik is an Indian physician turned leadership consultant, mythologist and author whose works focus largely on the areas of myth, mythology, and also management.
Latest Books . Please visit http://devdutt.com/ for an exciting array of children’s books.
Like most of you, I was brought up on simple, honest and often character building stories by my grand mother. Those 5 minute stories, heard at night in my ancestral village, went on to play an important part in my life. Remember, reading or listening to stories, of whatever nature, will help you understand the various ways in which a particular event is conveyed to you. You will be richer when you end a story, and I request you to question, and re-question, all your doubts. Leave none to ambiguity. A story is not just a narration, it is an event which will have an impact on your life, big or small. So enjoy them as much as you can, for you will look back at them with pleasant memories when you grow up to be responsible young citizens of this country.
Have fun, and remember to question,
Amit, your friend.
Amit Kumar was born and brought up in the industrial town of Bokaro Steel City, Jharkhand on 7 May,1 986. After completing his schooling from Bokaro, he went on to do his graduation in History (hons.) from the Delhi University. After graduation, he did his post graduation in Journalism from Asian College of Journalism, Chennai in 2008. Since 2009, Amit worked with the international news agency, Reuters. For the past two years, he has been working with India’s largest business daily, The Economic Times, in Delhi as a Senior Copy Editor. He loves to listen to old Hindi music and read books on history. He can be reached at email@example.com
Bhaswati Ghosh writes and translates fiction and non-fiction. Her first work of translation from Bengali into English–My Days with Ramkinkar Baij–has been published by Delhi-based Niyogi Books in January 2012. This work also won her the Charles Wallace (India) Trust Fellowship for translation in 2009. Her stories have appeared in Letters to My Mother andMy Teacher is My Hero– anthologies of true stories published by Adams Media. Bhaswati has a background in journalism and has contributed to several websites (includingHumanities Underground, Global Graffiti,The Four Quarters Magazine, Parabaas, Asia Writes) and print magazines (Teenage Buzz, ByLine, Cause and Effect). She has written for major Indian dailies such as The Times of India, The Statesman and The Pioneer. She is seeking agents/publishers for her non-fiction book-length work, Making Out in America, a humorous, anecdotal account of her brush with American English.
Bhaswati currently lives in Toronto, Canada.
The first book I remember reading is a child’s version of Ramayana by the children’s writer Mali. Titled Mali Ramayana, the book, written in Malayalam was my regular bed time read. In parallel, I read and re-read an abridged version of the Swiss Family Robinson, the classic; this was of course an English book. I remember, on many a night when I waited for sleep, I tried to imagine myself as one among the stranded family on a lonely island. It was a delicious feeling, the characters of the books you read just before you nodded off into sleep visiting you in that twilight zone between wake and sleep; some of them following you into the kingdom of sleep. I used to get this recurring dream of a blue sea, with waves in the middle and calm on the beaches and me on a boat with Bhim, looking for a lonely island to land. I always woke up before we landed, so the dream used to go on for ever.
All the best !