Month: January 2020

Wherever you go

What is the name of your most favorite road and why? We have traveled on roads since we can remember, to school, to home, to a grocery shop, to a friends place etc. We have probably walked or drove 1000s of times on various roads. When someone asks where do you live, we say the name of a road. Roads are an integral part of our life. Roads take us to places and also bring us home. In this book, an adventurous rabbit and his friends take a journey on roads to go through mountain peaks, cityscapes, to the stream and the sea. Roads take them past bridges, harbors and bays. After visiting many places and meeting new friends, the rabbit goes home. I loved the illustrations in this book which had winding roads on every page and cute animal characters. In this book, the author, Pat Zietlow Miller asks Which path should you choose? That’s easy to see. The one that will take you where you wish to be. This book was published in …

The Jungle Book

My first introduction to The Jungle Book was a cartoon show that came every weekend, in India. I was 6-8 years old when I saw it first time and it was my favorite TV show. In the Indian version, Mowgli, the protagonist, had a boomerang, and how I wished I had one. The Jungle Book was written by Rudyard Kipling and was first published in 1894. It is about a boy called Mowgli who gets lost in an Indian jungle and is adopted by a wolf family. Mowgli’s teacher is Baloo, the Bear and Bagheera, the panther is his mentor and friend. Mowgli’s enemy is Sher Khan who waits for a chance to pounce on Mowgli and have him for a meal. The original book is a bit hard to read because the English was a bit different in 1894, but the beautiful pictures by Nicola Bayley helped me to complete it. If not the book, I definitely recommend watching the movie.

Tales and Legends from India

Indian mythology is my favorite in world mythology. We have great epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. The epics are filled with brave princes, beautiful and capable princesses, ferocious demons and villains that make your heart skip a beat. I grew up reading Indian mythology and fables like Jataka tales and Panchatantra that taught principles of life in a fun way. In this book, Tales and Legends from India, Ruskin Bond collects the tales from various sources: the great Hindu religious epics, Buddhist fables and stories recorded by early travelers. This is a beautiful and entertaining book that introduces you to Indian fairy tales and mythology. While reading this book, I was transported to childhood and also came across new stories that I haven’t read before. In Ruskin Bond’s own words, “India is more than a land – it is an atmosphere – and this book is designed to give the reader the feel of India and recapture some of its old magic.”

Cherry Tree

The Republic Day of India is on January 26, so this whole week I am highlighting books featuring India. Ruskin Bond is my favorite Indian children’s author. I grew up reading his stories and I cherish his writing style, which highlights the elements of nature. Cherry Tree is a picturebook by Ruskin Bond. Rakhi, is a six-year old girl who lives in Mussoorie. One day she eats delicious cherries and takes her grandfather’s advice to plant the seed. But the soil in her place is stony and might not be suitable for a cherry tree. Despite that, Rakhi plants the seed and protects it from hungry goats, savage bullock carts and other dangers. The cherry tree survives, flowers and gives first crop. It is a beautiful story that will encourage children to plant and nourish, and have a beautiful connection with nature. Do pick up this book if you have it available at your local library. Nothing is lucky if you put it away. You must make it work for you. – Cherry Tree

How Do You Dance?

When was the last time you danced? How Do You Dance by Thyra Heder is a celebration of dance. There are many ways to dance, you can jump, shake, moonwalk and jiggle, just to name a few. You can also dance anywhere, in your home, at the bus stop, at the grocery store etc. We can dance when we are happy and also dance when we are sad. In this book, everyone encourages a boy to dance and also give him many ideas about how, when and where to dance. Will the boy dance? If one of your new year resolutions is to lose weight, then this is the best way to lose some. If not, just dance, there is no need of an occasion to have some fun. This book definitely inspired me to dance. I read this book while making breakfast and I did it while swaying my hips. Well, nobody complained about how breakfast tasted so all is well that ends well. The book is published by Abrams Books for Young Readers …

A new year, A new theme

I am thankful for all the followers on this blog. 2020 is a year for transformation for this page as well. Every month will have a theme and most of the posts will reflect that theme. In January, I hope to inspire you with exciting posts and we will also be celebrating Indian events. New Year is usually the time to make resolutions to become a better person and to open a new chapter in our book of life. I will share book reviews about books that inspire, motivate and push you out of your comfort zones. I am an Indian and as I grow younger, I am becoming more and more interested in Indian culture and traditions. There are two important Indian events this month. On January 15, we have the festival Sankranti. This day marks the end of winter solstice and signifies the arrival of longer days. On January 26 is Republic day, which celebrates the formation of Indian constitution. Wishing you a great 2020 and looking forward to reading great books and …