Last month, he Times of India’s entertainment supplement published a list of ten books every Indian child should read. Predictably, it included classics like the Mahabharata, the Ramayana, and RK Narayan’s Malgudi Days. Literary institutions Sudha Murthy and Ruskin Bond also bagged mentions, alongside a slew of essentially Hindu mythology-based stories. Seems to us that they’re missing some of that diversity punch. Have a look at this list and think about what titles you’d feature on your top ten for Indian children!
Speaking of top ten books, here’s an excellent interview with everyone’s favourite Ashok Rajagopalan. The creator of the wildly popular Gajapati Kulapati books speaks to Eli Puli about the creative process, his inner child, and what advice he would give to parents whose children want to be artists.
More advice, only this time it is for writers and illustrators: BookTrust, the UK-based children’s reading charity, gives us tips on how to create stories for and about disabled children. This is a detailed and sensitive piece that covers everything from how to include disabled characters in books, how to improve access, what terminology is acceptable to use and more. These are also great criteria to crosscheck against if you’re currently in the process of writing or illustrating a book about disability.
We sign off this week with a thought-provoking piece by Shrabonti Bagchi in the Mint Lounge. Bagchi writes on Behind the Lie, a picture book by Asha Nehemiah and Aindri Chakraborty (published by Pratham Books) that attempts to tackle the subject of domestic violence. Read all about it here.