I've had a lot of work to do, so I've obviously been avoiding it by reading everything I can. I read a few old favourites, swallowing them whole as comfort reading as I postponed all the work that lay pending. I returned to Georgetter Heyer after a long time, … [Read More...]
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AFCC 2017 had a charming activity that was open to the public. Pick up a public programme and explore the book fair, programme in hand. As you visit each stall, get your book fair map stamped. If you're among the first 20 to get all the stamps, you win a book voucher worth ten … [Read More...]
The first two days of the Asian Festival of Children' Content were the highlights for me, but sessions here and there stood out too. On the first day of the teachers' congress, I attended a lovely session on reading and empathy conducted by Maria Alessandrino. More than the first half of the … [Read More...]
This is probably the only time in my life when I signed a contract, committing to playing Illustrationary, the AFCC version of Pictionary, at a certain date and time. But when have I not enjoyed a game of Pictionary? I'm getting ahead of myself, though, because the highlight of the day was my book … [Read More...]
Praise for The Story-Catcher
I was impressed with the scope of imagination here, and found the stories absolutely delightful. Starting with three tales of enchantment which I felt even very young children would enjoy, The Story Catcher goes on to casually introduce respect for tradition, awareness of the scope of the subconscious mind, the relative nature of problems, the different perspectives of parents and children, and other important concepts of life ...
I smiled, chuckled and even pushed away a lump in my throat as I turned the pages, consuming story after story. The Dictionary left me with a warm feeling and an urgent desire to jot down a note in my first French dictionary (handed down to me from my brother who got it from my cousins) even if it is 18 years too late! The Circus Boy left me with moist eyes and a lump in my throat and the last one ...
There is something strange about short stories written for children. They seem to exist in a land of sunshine and carefree distraction that we, adults (well we're supposed to be all grown up at any rate), find difficult to inhabit. With The Story-Catcher, I could remember what that felt like.
If a book written for children doesn't appeal to an adult reader who chooses to pick one and read, I reckon, the book is not too good for children either. The Story-Catcher by Varsha Seshan is a wonderful collection of stories - for children (and in my opinion for adults too).
Excerpts from a Few Books
“Kevin!” called a young girl from the end of the passage. Priya frowned. The girl’s voice sounded excited. “Kevin, guess who offered to help us find your coin!”
Rohit clutched the ladder and leaned far into the passage to look. “Bholu!’ His eyes shone as he looked at Priya. “I get to meet Bholu too, not just you!”
“Remember, Hari, there are two things that can get you wherever you want in the world.” Victor counted them on his fingers as he spoke. “Contacts: if you know the right people, you can get anywhere. And the second, money. Ah, I could go on about this. Invest right, and your life is made. You know, Hari, it’s true that the first crore is the most difficult. Once you have the first crore, money just keeps rolling in. Money smoothens things out.” He laughed loudly. “You know what I mean, of course. What could we do without money? It’s what makes the world run: you want work done; you’ve got to pay for it!”