The author Siddharth Sarma has been in the news lately, mainly for his book, The Year of the Weeds (Duckbill, 2017). As fascinating as his latest novel is, here is a tale even more astounding—his 20-year question to collect all 37 books that featured in his English textbooks in school. Read about it in his own words. And while you’re at it, take a look at this interview about his young adult book based on the Niyamgiri land conflict in Odisha.
Pictures often tell stories that we can’t bear to speak about. Soutik Biswas writes a heart-wrenching piece about the artwork of the children of Kashmir who have lost their childhoods. Pellet guns fired with impunity by the Indian army caused horrifying collateral damage, including children being maimed and blinded. Their drawings pour out their anger, disbelief and trauma.
The armed forces allowed impunity to injure and kill by the law is much the nation’s shame as much as letting human beings work as manual scavengers. A picture book called Puu (by Samidha Gunjal and C.G. Salamander) talks about the indignity of this profession by substituting flowers for faecal matter. Salamander talks to Anuradha Varma about how the book came about.
And to finish up on a lighter note: Pratham Books presents animated GIF books to entice children to read. What fresh hell is this? the traditionalists among you cry. Well, find out everything here.