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8 Books To Spur The Imagination of Your Little Ones This Summer



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A selection of some of the best children’s literature from Indian and international authors that your kids must read these summer holidays

It’s the season of mangoes, lazing around, and forgetting school books and homework. However, with two months of summer vacations around, don’t consign your children to just computer games and swimming classes. Introduce them to the pleasure of being lost in the wonderful world of storybooks, just like you did in your childhood. Here are eight dreamlike tales that will stimulate the imagination of your child and help them reconnect with the good old paper books.

The Why-Why Girl by Mahasweta Devi

The Why Why Girl

Source: Tulika Books

It’s the story of the ever inquisitive little Moyna who lives in a tribal village. The picture book by Mahasweta Devi, one of the greatest women writers of India, triggers the curiosity of children and makes them learn how to find out the answers, as Moyna does!

Charlotte’s Web by E B White

Charlotte's Web

Source: Scholastic

Written by American author E B White in 1952, it is one of the all-time classics in children’s literature. It narrates the adorable friendship between Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider. The book was listed in 2000 as the best-selling children’s paperback of all time by Publishers Weekly.

Handmade in India by Olivia Fraser

Handmade in India

Source: Pratham Books

A charming book that introduces children to the world of handmade crafts from all the different parts of India. Acquaint them with the magic of moulding pots, fishing, planting paddy, sculpting, spinning wool, etc., which are some of the arts and skills that children today are increasingly unaware of. The book is a result of the writer’s extensive travels throughout India.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr Seuss

Oh The Places You'll Go


From the stable of the famous children’s author Dr Seuss, this book, which is illustrated by the author as well, was the last one which was published during the writer’s lifetime. In it, the wordsmith has enchantingly depicted the journey of life and its challenges.

Swami and Friends by R. K. Narayan

Swami and Friends


Perhaps one of the all-time best children’s book in Indian literature, Swami and Friends by R K Narayan continues to evoke nostalgia for the simple joys of life in the past. Recounting the adventures of the naughty Swami and his naughtier friends, let your child read this book to give them a glimpse into your childhood.

The Story of Ferdinand by Munroe Leaf

The Story of Ferdinand


A fascinating book about a bull called Ferdinand who prefers to smell flowers rather than battle in a bull-fight, the book is a sensitive read for children, teaching them about inclusivity and acceptance. The book has also been adapted into a Disney film by the same name.

Wisha Wozzariter by Payal Kapadia



This book is about a ten year old girl named Wisha who desires to write. A hooking read, this story is sure to inspire the writer in your little one as she/ he will be motivated to pen down their thoughts just as the protagonist does.

Harold and The Purple Crayon by John Crockett



Centred on the four year old Harold, the story shows how the determined little boy creates a world of his own with his purple crayon. He draws what he wants, such as a moon when he wants to go for a walk in the moonlight, and a path where he can walk. The author’s winning imagination is sure to spur your child’s as well.

And while you occupy your children with these entrancing reads, engross yourself in these must reads from Indian authors. For the times when the sun and rains play peek-a-boo, grab these books as you sit yourself down with a coffee. Check out how Aditi Gupta is making a difference with her ingenious comic books, and how this French designer is creating wearable storybook dresses!



Fantastic Beasts Are Out to Get You A Second Time!



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The much awaited sequel to the Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is slated to hit cinemas in November this year

Text credit: Rheanna Mathews

According to the recently released trailer, Newt Scamander, the unassuming Hufflepuff hero, who quietly stole hearts in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will return in November this year along with his mismatched set of friends in the sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gellert Grindelwald. Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol shall reprise their roles as they set off to Paris this time, to thwart the greatest wizarding terror before Voldemort, Gellert Grindelwald.

Newt Scamander is off to Paris!

The darkly breathtaking trailer reveals that Rowling and director David Yates, however, had a surprise up their sleeves – the return of Dumbledore. And quite deliciously, the mantle of Albus Dumbledore shall be worn by a rather debonair Jude Law. A wonderful choice in our opinion, as this image will attest.

"You've got to admit...Dumbledore's got style."

Zoe Kravitz makes her appearance as Leta Lestrange, the woman we heard broke Newt’s heart by choosing his brother Theseus. Now, though the other Lestrange woman we know was a crazed “b***h” according to Molly Weasley, perhaps it might be too soon to put Leta in the same category?

Zoe Kravitz in fine flapper finery

Johnny Depp, despite controversy, remains Grindelwald, the villain and supposed love of Dumbledore’s youth. Supposed love, because though Rowling had mentioned the relationship to fans some time in 2007, Yates stated that the movie will not be focusing on the romantic relationship Dumbledore and Grindelwald might have shared, causing fans to accuse Rowling of “shirking her responsibility”. Time will tell, we suppose.

Is Grindelwald planning a holocaust of No-Majs?

The trailer also offers glimpses of our beloved Hogwarts, making fans’ hearts overflow with emotion at the sight of what many consider their fantastical home. To get your full of the latest the magical wizarding world of Harry Potter and now Newt Scamander have to offer, take a look at the trailer below.

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FWD’s Top 10 Picks from Krithi International Book Fair



Do We Not Bleed?: Reflections of a 21-st Century Pakistani

FWD’s top picks at the international book fair to invoke the reader in you

Text Credits: Roshan D

History of My Life

History of my life

Author: Giacomo Casanova, Chevalier De Seingalt

Publisher: Everyman’s Library


Jalsa: Indian Women and Their Journeys from the Salon to the Studio

Author: Vidya Shah

Publisher: Tulika Books

Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet

Never Marry a Woman With Big Feet

Author: Mineke Schipper

Publisher: Speaking Tiger Publishing Private Limited

Chittagong Armoury Raid

Chittagong Armoury Raid – A Memoir

Author: Subodh Roy

Publisher: LeftWord Books

Will the Flower Slip Through the Asphalt

Will The Flower Slip Through The Asphalt

Author: Naomi Klein, Amitav Ghosh, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, John Bellamy Foster, Ghassan Hage, Rafia Zakaria, Masturah Alatas, Shalini Singh, Susam Abulhawa, Vijay Prasad

Publisher: LeftWord Books

Do We Not Bleed?: Reflections of a 21-st Century Pakistani

Do We Not Bleed?: Reflections of a 21-st Century Pakistani

Author: Mehr Tarar

Publisher: Aleph Book Company

Fiction to Film

Fiction to Film – Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s The Householder and Heat and Dust

Author: Vivek Sachdeva

Publisher: Orient BlackSwan

The Ugliness of the Indian Male

The Ugliness of the  Indian Male and Other Propositions

Author: Mukul Kesavan

Publisher: Permanent Black



Author: Rajeev Shivashankar

Publisher: SPCS (Sahithya Pravarthaka Cooperative Society)

Mayil Will Not Be Quiet

Mayil Will Not Be Quiet

Author: Niveditha Subramaniam, Sowmya Rajendran

Publisher: Tulika Publishers

Click here to read more about Krithi International Book Fair

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Arundhati Roy and Meena Kandaswamy running for the 2018 Women’s prize for fiction



Arundhati Roy

The Women’s Prize for Fiction announced its 2018 longlist of 16 novels on International Women’s Day in London. Two Indian authors are amongst the 16, from around the world to be shortlisted

Text Credit: Shibul Pavithran 

The Women’s Prize for Fiction, previously known as the Baileys Prize, announced its longlist for 2018 on March 8. (International Women’s day)

Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness and Meena Kandasamy’s When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife are among the 16 novels longlisted this year.This year’s longlist covers both new and well-established writers, like Booker Prize-winning Arundhati, and a range of genres. There are six debut novels on the list and four nationalities are represented including India, the UK, US, and Australia.

Arundhati, 56, who won the Booker Prize for her debut novel The God of Small Things in 1997, had been longlisted for the 2017 Booker for The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, but missed out being shortlisted. The sprawling story that it is, has two main strands. One follows Anjum, a hijra, or transwoman, struggling to make a life for herself in Delhi. The other follows Tilo, a thorny and irresistible architect turned activist (who seems to be modeled on Arundhati herself), and the three men who fall in love with her…..

Image Source: Meena Kandaswamy

When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife; by Meena Kandaswamy is a dazzling and provocative novel of an abusive marriage. It’s a slightly difficult book to read despite the stark beauty of her language and despite the fact that this is a fictionalized telling of her own marriage. But it’s definitely a powerful book with substance and brutal honesty.

The Women’s prize was set up in 1996, following a year when not a single female author was shortlisted for the Booker prize. Sarah Sands, 2018 chair of judges and Editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme,  said the longlist this year demonstrated that the prize was not “a special-pleading award” for writers who wouldn’t make it in other circumstances.

Any woman writing in English – whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter – is eligible. Sarah leads this year’s team of judges that include British Indian journalist and broadcaster Anita Anand, comedian Katie Brand, Women’s Equality Party co-founder Catherine Mayer and actor Imogen Stubbs.

“What is striking about the list, apart from the wealth of talent, is that women writers refuse to be pigeon-holed. We have searing social realism, adventure, comedy, poetic truths, ingenious plots and unforgettable characters,” said Sarah Sands.

The prize will be awarded on June 6 at an awards ceremony in central London.

The Longlist:

H(A)PPY, Nicola Barker
The Idiot, Elif Batuman
Three Things About Elsie, Joanna Cannon
Miss Burma, Charmaine Craig
Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan
The Mermaid And Mrs Hancock, Imogen Hermes Gowar
Sight, Jessie Greengrass
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman
When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait Of The Writer As A Young Wife, Meena Kandasamy
Elmet, Fiona Mozley
The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy
See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt
A Boy In Winter, Rachel Seiffert
Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie
The Trick To Time, Kit de Waal
Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward


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