Vande Mataram!' The song of the freedom fighters is ringing in the countryside. It is 1939. In the little village of Shona Gram in Bengal, Neela hears about how the freedom fighters will stop at nothing till they send the British back. The day after her sister's wedding, her father decides to go to Calcutta and join a protest march called by the Congress. He promises to be back in a week. But when three weeks go by and there is still no sign of him, Neela decides to take matters into her hand. Dressed as a wandering minstrel, she arrives in Calcutta. There she befriends Bimala, the rich daughter of a judge and cousin of Samar, a young freedom fighter Neela had rescued from the police in her village. They begin a desperate search for her father and get to know he is in jail and that he will be deported to the Andaman Islands in a few days. Neela has to free her father before that. But can a twelve-year-old girl outwit the mighty British empire? Set in a dramatic period in India's history, this racy adventure will have you turning the pages to find out if Neela finally manages to succeed in her mission Age group of target audience: 9+
Twist In The Tale
Sub title: More Indian Folktales
Timeless tales from all over India From Bengal to Bastar and Kashmir to Coorg, there are stories that have been handed down generations: bedtime stories for children, fireside stories for travellers, who have heard these tales, wondered at them and repeated them to others. In A Twist in the Tale: More Indian Folktales, Aditi De collects forty such stories from various parts of India and retells them with dollops of humour. A friendless crocodile, a timid mouse and a vain fox are among some of the eccentric characters that appear in this book. There is also a clever princess, a hapless priest with heron feathers flying out of his mouth, and galleries of rogues. Strange happenings are not uncommon, so a nail tree grows out of nail clippings and a beetle saves a man from the dungeons. Full of the details of everyday life, festivities and food, these ageless stories have seldom been so exciting and such fun. Accompanied by Uma Krishnaswamy's brilliant illustrations, this book will introduce the magic of Indian folktales to a new generation of readers.
Hampi, September 2005: A breathtaking landscape, the ruins of a prosperous kingdom, and over cups of hot tea, two friends discover stories about the world's smartest jester— Tenali Raman. Sulekha is studying in Class V and has been allowed by her principal to accompany her mother to Hampi, on the condition that she produces a full report about life in the Vijayanagar empire on her return. In Hampi, Sulekha meets the cocky TJ, who claims to be a descendant of one of Vijayanagar's most famous citizens, Tenali Raman, and together they start collecting stories about the jester and his kingdom. Tenali, it turns out, had a solution to every problem that befell the kingdom— from the mundane to the bizarre: How do you carry a pot brimming with holy water, over hundreds of miles, without spilling a single drop? The king wants to build a palace he has seen only in his dreams, how can he be stopped? And a man is to be hanged for having a 'bad-luck' face, can Tenali prevent this? As they exchange anecdotes about Tenali Raman, Sulekha and her friends also learn more about the Vijayanagar empire, King Krishnadevaraya and what life was like in sixteenth-century south India. Wonderfully witty and bubbling over with fun and facts, this book is not just about one of India's sharpest minds, it is a peep into a vibrant period in Indian history.
Indian Folktales And Legends
Everyone will find a favourite story in this collection of folk-tales and legends. There is the story of Jumman the labourer, who thinks the Qazi of Jaunpur is actually his donkey!...And the strange adventure of Dhania who, stealing out for a midnight snack, gets stuck in honey...Or the account of how a lowly weasel put the mighty Yudhishtir in place...And what happens when Bhim tries to match his strength against that of Hanuman... Culled from all parts of the country, and spanning heaven, earth and the nether world, these stories let us into a world of enchantment, wisdom and loads of fun.
In Search of The Prophet
When Salek sets out to find out about the Prophet of Islam, he has no idea what awaits him— Why did his father leave him to follow a man he did not know? On his journey to seek the answer to this question and to know more about Muhammad, Salek meets many strangers on the way. Strangers who embrace him and tell him stories about the Muhammad they love and have faith in. Through their stories, Salek gets to know and love the man who valued truth, equality, kindness, and justice above all. This is an unusual collection of stories about the life of Prophet Muhammad— about the harsh deserts that were his home, the battles he fought, the choices he was faced with, and the path he chose. Seen through the eyes of a young boy, these tales of faith and discovery make for gripping reading.
Curiosity Killed the Cat & Other Animal
If you have always been curious about why curiosity killed the cat, this book of animal sayings lets the cat out of the bag! Did you know that the abovementioned cat in the bag was supposed to be a fat, juicy piglet? Or that people looking a gift horse in the mouth were checking how long its teeth were? Most idioms can totally fox you— take them literally and you may be on a wild goose chase. But try to find out what they really mean and where they have come from, and you will end up having more fun that a barrel of monkeys! This cleverly and exuberantly illustrated book introduces more than eighty animal idioms and phrases, arranged by themes, from house pets to wild creatures, from birds to insects. With rollicking, riotous drawings illustrating each phrase, it tells you what the idioms mean as well as the fascinating stories of how, over the years, these everyday expressions came to mean what they do. Curious? Go on— this entertaining book will have you making a beeline for it, again and again.
Chicken Mama & Other Stories
Hop on to a superfragilistic story-tour that will take you far and wide to places you have never been and people you have never seen. Meet Chicken Mama, the spiky-haired medicine woman who can move Time backwards; Mokel-embe-embe, the world's last dinosaur, about to be captured by British explorers; Spooky95768939123, the ghost in danger of becoming extinct; and Manto the Degree Master, equally expert at calligraphy and 'chumpy' . . . Salute freedom fighter Shankarrao and his defiant chappal-throwing; and tag along with old Das Babu to Bombay's Hanging Gardens, Arabia and the yucky-mucky footpath; and find out if Asha and Dhiren are ever able to fool the very clever Chachaji . . There's never a dull moment in this selection of unusual stories.
Cricket! All You Wanted to Know About the World Cup
Crazy about cricket? Mad about Mahi? Waiting with fingers crossed for the World Cup? Here's a book that will help you navigate your way through the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. Filled with fun facts, quick and quirky history, tell-your-friends-about-it trivia, games, cartoons and information about key players, teams and even stadia, this is the ideal companion to enjoy the World Cup with! So if you want to know: Who was the person who witnessed two ten-wicket hauls forty-three years apart How cricket got its name (Wooden planks, wicket gates and some Dutch is involved.) What were the highlights at each World Cup since 1979 Which 9 ODI records Sachin might break (Let's hope it is not the one for most runs on a losing side!) Cricket! is the book you must have!
Akbar, The Mighty Emperor
Sub title: Puffin Lives
The birth of a prince in medieval India was usually followed by grand celebrations. Camped out in the wilderness when the news of Akbar's safe delivery reached him, Humayun could only enjoy a quiet moment of thanksgiving. He broke a musk pod and as the fragrance wafted all over the camp, the new father hoped his son's fame would similarly spread across the world. Akbar-emperor, warrior, statesman and thinker-is acknowledged as one of the most charismatic personalities in Indian history. Crowned the king of Hindustan at the age of thirteen, his empire went on to include the farthest corners of the country. Yet he was not just a conqueror. A humanist, his deep interest in literature, architecture, art and his inclusive vision of religions at a time when such thoughts were not in fashion, set him down as one of history's most remarkable men. In this story of his life, as exciting and thrilling as any adventure tale, the author describes Akbar's rough, difficult childhood spent on the run; his consolidation of the empire through war and diplomacy; the myriad interesting and entertaining people who made up his court; the strong women of the Mughal household; and finally, the intriguing circumstances under which the crown passed on to his son, Jahangir. Accompanied by many vignettes of information about the Mughal empire and the world in the 16th century, this book is a fascinating introduction to the life and times of a ruler who still rules our imaginations.