A tribute to K.G. Subramanyan……

HOW HANU BECAME HANUMAN…..

All Indians have grown up listening to stories of Ramayana, although they fascinate children, they do not fit into their cool quotients. Ram and Hanuman become their Gods but their heroes remain, Batman, Superman and The Avengers. There is nothing wrong in that, but maybe we need to look at innovative ways to introduce children to our own stories, of our own super heroes, not as mighty Gods but as Heroes they can relate to in contemporary times. If Thor can become an Avenger, so can Hanu-man.

The book “HOW HANU BECAME HANUMAN”, written and illustrated by veteran artist “K.G. Subramanyan”, (who left us on 29th July 2016), is a marvelous example of  contemporary incarnation of an epic hero Hanuman.

The story of Hanu and Raghu is a simple one, Raghu goes looking for his “Girl”, Bumps into Hanu, who offers him help and saves Raghu’s Girl (a black belt) from Asok Discotheque!…….

From that day on, Raghu, had three big posters in his Office: Batman’s, Superman’s and above all “Hanuman’s”.

The story narrated with swag; along with bold and Swaggy illustrations will surely make everyone giggle. It is one of the master pieces by a master himself.

 

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It’s time to sing to the clouds……….

See the sky as you never have before. This awe-inspiring narration of a cloudy day, by a little girl, introduces us to earth’s great skyscape.

My day with the clouds, written and illustrated by Hoda Hadadi, teleports you to your childhood.

The book is a lyrical and touching narration of a cloudy day through a small girl’s eyes, who wonders “the sky is so full of clouds, but why doesn’t it rain?”. When told “they have forgotten how to rain” she decides to remind them by singing to them.

She and her friend, along with her dolls sit and sing while her mom knits her jacket out of the yarn made from the clouds, which lingered near the window.

While dancing to their tune the clouds gave them a surprise, more beautiful than rain…..

What is the surprise……..? Discover it in this book, along with the dreamy illustrations.

THE PEACOCK WHO WANTED TO FLY LIKE AN EAGLE

The Peacock who wanted to Fly like an Eagle written and illustrated by Mama Suranya is a marvelous story of a little Peacock called Piku who wishes to fly like his friend the “Little Eagle”. Unaware of his own talent and worth Piku feels neglected and depressed as he watches the little eagle soar higher and higher every day until he becomes a dot in the sky.

But one fine Rainy day as the clouds roared “ Dharram Dharram Dharam!”  Piku’s life takes a 360-degree turn when Mama Peacock  and Papa Peacock  give him the surprise of his life!……. and he realizes his real worth………

Inspired by Indian paintings the illustrations take you on a splendid tour of the life in “Madhuvan Gardens”. Whereas similes such as “ Muchhas of Ravana”  add to the beauty of the narration.

Drenched in the petrichor of India this book is a must have for every child.