My sister and I did not ASK to drive on an abandoned road, or stumble into Canada, spend the night in jail, raft across the Missouri river, and most of all, we did not want to get a speeding ticket. You might not believe I was convicted of stealing a car when I was 10 years old but here, I am, telling you the tale of my very own. It all started on June 15th, 2009.
It was a chilly morning. I was playing with my friends outside when a sudden sound shook the earth! We were scared. “Was it an earthquake? Or an asteroid from outer space?”, we wondered. It was just a fraction of a second but left us with numerous thoughts. “Should we run back home? Or look for shelter nearby?”. Our brains seemed to have stopped working.
“More Unfairy Tales” by Author T F Carthick is a collection of classic fairy stories re-written with a contemporary twist and a different perspective from their original versions. Five stories have been re-told in this book which make for an interesting and thought-provoking read.
It was a typical, lively Christmas eve. Children were preparing to receive gifts from Santa Claus. Milk and Cookies were set. Stockings were hung.
“Em, what gift have you asked for this time?” Sammy asked his sister, Emma. Emma said that it was a secret and grinned.
They were twins. Kind yet Mischievous. They were well-known for their pranks.
Book Title – Hope: Stories for a healthy mind
Author – Pragati Sureka
Genre – Realistic Fiction
Publisher – Scholastic India
Recommended for Age Groups – 5+ years
This book contains three stories about three different kids – Ryan, Kabir, and Shoma – who come across various emotional challenges, which they are struggling to deal with and are unable to share comfortably with their parents. The stories depict the journey of how they overcome their challenges and learn to deal with the circumstances they are in. The book has a separate segment for parents too, with simple guidelines on how to boost a child’s emotional well-being. This book is for parents as well as children for mental health awareness.
Sitting on a minibus
My heart thumping in my chest
The driver leaking
The blinding symphony of lights
Reflecting behind me
Book Name – Dasavatara
Author – Piyusha Vir
Illustrator – Aparajitha Vaasudev
Publisher – Westland (Red Panda Imprint)
‘Dasavatara’ by Piyusha Vir, as conveyed in the title itself, is a book about the 10 main avatars of Lord Vishnu (the preserver). The book consists of short stories about each of these Avatars. All of these stories have an underlying theme – when darkness tries to take over the world, Lord Vishnu comes to the rescue as, after all, he is the preserver!
I joined a writing workshop,
Where I learnt to join my dots;
And picked the art of writing,
To give wings to my thoughts.
I wasn’t born rich. I came from very humble beginnings. What u see of me today is a far cry from what I was back then.
I was born in the wild, not very far from this city. When I opened my eyes for the first time, I was amazed to see beauty all around me. I was surrounded by beautiful creatures, just like me. We enjoyed the sun, swayed in the breeze, danced in the rain and had fun all day long. Those still remain the best days of my life.
“Zoe, be quick! We have a lot to clean,” said 11-year-old Chloe to her sister.
“Yeah, yeah. I’m also doing my share of cleaning this dusty attic,” replied Zoe, the younger of these two bright little girls.