If I wanted to make friends with Anne Shirley, I was Emily. I deliberately use the italics Emily loves; Mr Carpenter isn't here to censure! With a pang that borders on envy, I wonder, how could L.M. Montgomery create so many wonderful characters? Emily of New Moon tells the story … [Read More...]
Hello and welcome to my website!
I love writing for children, and I have been writing ever since I was seven. Hugely influenced by Enid Blyton, I began my publishing “career” at the age of seven and a half with a story about a dame (blame Enid Blyton for that) who hated plants. I went on to mice who turned into fairies and pixies who never drove or gave away their cars.
A little older now, I write stories for children about all kinds of things. I have a collection of short stories called The Story-Catcher, a few books on trains, and an odd story here and there. Many more are in the pipeline and will be available very soon.
I also conduct reading and writing workshops for children and, much to my surprise, for adults too. Adults are sometimes imaginative, much though they may try to hide it!
Workshop for children, Playing with Poetry, coming up at Clover Dale High School, Aurangabad, on 20th August 2017 as part of the British Council’s Reading Challenge.
Workshop for adults, Creating Readers, coming up at DSK School, Dhayari, on 19th August 2017.
First published in 2012, The Story-Catcher was the second runner-up for the Parents Kids Choice Awards in 2014. It has been on Leadstart’s bestselling list since 2013, and is now in its first reprint. Buy it here!
The fourth railway adventure for older readers is now available! In this book, you will meet several familiar characters, including Bholu the guard-elephant, mascot of the Indian Railways. The four cousins – Deven, Chitra, Priya and Rohit – are ready for a brand-new adventure, except that college-going Deven now thinks he needs to fit in with a cool new gang that is much older than he is … Buy it here!
Straight from the Blog
Pictureskew. Kindred spirits. The Lake of Shining Waters. Carrots! Rilla-my-Rilla. Puffed sleeves. The first time I read Anne of Green Gables, I felt the queer ache that Anne describes when she comes across something beautiful. Beauty that is intangible, almost unknowable. If … [Read More...]
If you think children don't find reading interesting anymore, think again. At Vidya Valley School's Literature Festival, it was absolutely delightful to see children running around, roaring with excitement, thrilled to bits with the very idea of a lit fest! This was my second year at the festival, … [Read More...]
I used to think That if I held my breath, I could make friends with Anne Shirley, George, Sara Crewe, And Dorothy. I used to think That if I oiled my doll’s hair And shampooed it Maybe trimmed it now and then; If I took care of it, It would grow. I used to think That if I just knew … [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!”