The cover of the edition of Little Bits of Sky that I read is absolutely gorgeous. I felt like a child when I looked at it. I stared and stared. And then I played with the dust jacket a little bit. And then, just like a child, I was afraid I would damage it or something, so I quietly put … [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!
Straight from the Blog
Anyone who has ever performed knows about the adrenalin rush, the energy, the feeling of having achieved something. But more than all of these, I think performances are fun because they're full of stories. Some are dramatic stories that we tell and retell, like when we performed in … [Read More...]
Dreaming the Bear reminded me, in some ways, of White Dolphin. I loved it and I hated it. Because the story took the turn it had to take, and what 'should' happen did. Read the story to figure out what I mean. An intriguing story, Dreaming the Bear took me into minds that are … [Read More...]
Each year, we have a poojai at dance class for Dashami. Now, at the Academy of Indian Dances, there are four teachers, including me. Mythili Mami is, of course, head; that goes without saying. On Dashami, a little girl crept up to the corner where we were standing. "I want to speak to … [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
“Dad, your generation didn’t even have mobile phones,” said Deven, firing up again. “Just because we do, you want to check on me, check on me, check on me all the time. Why can’t you just let me be?” Heaving his bag closer to his neck once more, he went into the room adjoining Chitra’s and slammed the door.
Renuka Tiwari gave a crooked smile. “The joys of having a teenaged son,” she commented.