So you think you know it all ?

Have you ever seen or met, A leap of leopards? A cartload of monkeys? A mischief of mice? A stand of Flamingoes?

Discover these and many more in the book “ The alphabets of animals and birds” written and illustrated by Prabha Mallya .Turn the pages of this beautiful and charming book that brings together alphabets and funny collective nouns of animals and birds.


Watch the Murder of crows

Crash of ____________?

____________ of Snails?

Ostentation of ________?


If you do not know what to fill in the blanks, grab this book with amazing illustrations and collective nouns, which will delight everyone.

Smoky Night…


The best children’s books are the ones that can explain awful circumstances in a way that kids can understand.

“Smoky Night” by Even Bunting, was inspired by the L.A. riots. Though not the ideal bedtime story, it is worth being read. It conveys the message of the effects of urban violence on a child but also tells a beautiful tale of coming together.

Daniel and his cat stare out their apartment window at the streets below as people loot the stores. He cannot understand why this is happening, how people can look angry and happy at the same time. Daniel is confused by this, and rightly so. These people are taking an odd joy in what they do. Even as they destroy and steal they act happy with what they’re doing.

That night Daniel is woken up out of his bed by the shaking of his mother. The apartment building is on fire, and the boy cannot locate his pet cat Jasmine. In the panic he’s forced to leave without her and stay in a shelter that night with his mom. Mrs. Kim, (Korean) a neighbour of Daniel, is missing her cat as well. Suddenly a fire fighter enters the building, both cats under his arms. Where once the cats used to fight one another, now there is a bond between them. A similar attempt to make peace with Mrs. Kim ends with pleasing results.

The tale also acknowledges the dark side of human beings. Though it’s clear that Daniel and his mother are not “bad people”, he notes that the reason he and his mother do not shop at the store of Mrs. Kim because, “Mama says it’s better if we buy from our own people”.

The illustrations for this book, by David Diaz, work exceedingly well. The thick heavily stylized drawing with bright neon colors. His use of collage to create unique chaotic pictures is complimentary to the story being told.


Gopa Trivedi

Artist Mentor

How far are you willing to go for your Granny’s Soup?????

Taking inspiration from Little Red Riding Hood, with a pinch of humor. This book “CARMINE: A LITTLE MORE RED” written and illustrated by- “Melissa Sweet” has great illustrations that have also used a play of words, which is good for students who are just learning to read, but is also relatable because most young children have heard the story of Little Red Riding Hood.


The story is about Carmine who is a painter, Rufus (her dog), her Granny and a Wolf who is more than just a villain; he’s a dad with a hungry brood to feed.

Carmine loves painting and is always in search of just the right colour (especially anything in the red family) to add to her paintings. So when she and her dog Rufus set off on their bike to Granny’s, she is too easily lured by a lovely meadow full of poppies. And, as she gets engrossed, in making a painting to gift her granny, she is too oblivious to the dangers lurking along the path.

While carmine is at work, will the wolf, harm her?

Will she be able to reach her granny?

Find out in this tale of a passionate young painter……


Ps: Also find the secret recipe of “Granny’s Alphabet Soup” 





Artist Mentor

“Kaljai Kambakhat” Launch….


On the eve of 17th September 2016, Art1st organized a one of a kind, Book Launch of “Kaljai Kambakhat” Published by Art1st Publication and written by Amit Dutta who is considered by eminent critics as one of the most significant practitioners of experimental cinema working currently, has written his first novel in Hindi. The novel is in continuum with his filmmaking practice, reflecting his experimentation with language, narration and the subconscious, drawing richly and indirectly from his own boyhood milieu.



Kaljayi Kambakht (The Time-Conqueror Wretch)


Is a story about a boy named Sham who is a precocious school boy he dreams about making sense of the world he inhabits. Shaman, his friend and alter-ego prods him along. They walk together exploring the gullies and outskirts of their suburban hill village. They passionately glean whatever information is available to them through books or people. They make patterns out of this information and scheme to gain control over their reality. The villagers become characters in their scheme and start revealing the cracks in their reality. As fragments of science, philosophy, fairy-tales, folk-legends and history start seeping into their everyday existence, Sham and Shan find themselves deep in an unmanageable world of their own fantasies.


The launch was graced with the presence of the author Amit Dutta , Udayan Vajpeyi a hindi poet, essayist, short fiction and script writer, and Kumar Sahani who is a noted Indian film director and screenwriter.

Ritu Khoda (founder of Art1st) welcomed the audience with an introduction, to the eminent panelist, and the screening of Amit Dutta’s Movie “Kramasha” which is based on the novel.

After the screening the book was unveiled, followed by a discussion with the panelist. The eminent poet Udyan Vajpeyi gave a detailed account of his experiences while reading the novel. Sighting quotes from the novel he emphasized how Kaljai Kambakhat is a “ Multiple novel”, as it does not have the unity of a novel, instead has the possibility of unity. Which according to him is the beauty of it, as it is loosely knit and is lucid like a musical composition.

Such interpretations led to many interesting anecdotes by Amit Dutta, where he spoke of instances that touched him, and how the novel is an outcome of his collective experiences both conscious and sub conscious.

Our third panelist Kumar Shahani was pleased, because he felt that the novel has an underlying poetry, and for him, that is what made it unique, as it gives the reader the independence to exercise their imagination.


The evening ended with book lovers taking their signed copies home….



Elephant or Buffalo?

Elephants Never Forget written by Anushka Ravishankar, illustrated by Christiane Pieper, is a charming story about what makes for a real family. A story about belonging, friendship, and loyalty.

A baby elephant is separated from his herd when a huge storm comes along. He is lonely, tired, and hungry, but finally finds a group of buffalo that he can play with, eat with, and belong to. They become his family.

Then one day he meets his real family of elephants………….

Will he leave the buffalos?

Children will love the vivid, lyrical language – “Crraack! Flash! BOOM!” Ravishankar effectively uses big, bold words to bring the main character, a young elephant, and his jungle playmates to life.

Pieper’s illustrations “capture the mood” in this fun loving tale.


Gopa Trivedi

Artist Mentor



Follow the Hole

The Hole Book, written and Illustrated by Peter Newell , is a classic, first published in 1908.

A young boy Tom Potts is playing with a gun when it goes off. The rest of the book follows the bullet’s progress through the walls of the apartment building and then to the outdoors, over the fence, into the drum, piercing through all that comes in its way………..

But where and how will it stop?

Will it travel round the world and come back?

Find out, by following the holes left behind by the bullet…


The illustrations are breathtaking and have an old world charm and the book literally has holes in every page…..


Gopa Trivedi

Artist Mentor


The Cricket who could not sing……


Can you imagine the night without the song of the crickets?

The book “The Cricket who could not sing” written by “Farideh Khalatbaree” and illustrated by “Azita Arta”, is a story about a cricket who loved to sing, and everyone loved his singing too, but the breeze always told him that “These fields are pretty, but the forest is even more beautiful.”
So he decided to back his bags and instruments and went to the jungle, but soon he realized that the jungle was too big and no one could hear him.

How would he face the challenges of the jungle?
Will he be able to overcome them and peruse his passion?

Find out in this inspiring tale, with picturesque illustrations. It will surely strike the rite notes in your heart and will make the songs of the crickets sweater than ever, for all nights to follow.

Gopa Trivedi

Artist Mentor


When God First Made Animals, He Made Them All Alike

The story written and illustrated by K.G Subramanyan, is a story which simplifies the complicities of the world for children.

The story explains why when God made all the animals alike they look different? It explains very well why Abu looks like and is called a Tigre, and why did Ubu who was a crazy hippy choose to be an elephant.

It talks about the hidden wisdom that all the animals have to give us. Why they cant be what they were even if they want to be.


Find it out for yourself what was the mistake they made? And Why is it too late?…….



Gopa Trivedi

Artist Mentor

Our Friends the Ogres

Ogres are still alive and living amongst us!!!!!!!!!

Hard to believe????


Then just do not take my word for it, find it out for yourself, in this Marvelous, imaginative and Metaphoric story, written and illustrated by “K. G Subramanyan”


Once upon a time Ogres were people like us…… We all know Shrek,

Then where did they go????

Well they are with us, Belching smoke and Blackening the Skies, and we all love them.

Because they boost our economy and make us prosperous, even though they blacken our faces with their smoke, we want them.

We called the Staplers and got them stapled to the grounds as Factories…….

Find out how? When? And Who? Did this, in this book.

With Bold and monochromatic illustrations, this story skillfully critiques our modern day society and will make children yearn for a better future.


Gopa Trivedi

Artist Mentor