8 June 2018

ADOPTING A PARTNERSHIP

There’s never a dull day at our children’s bookstore. The phone rings. “I’m heading to Madhya Pradesh for the holidays,” an excited parent pipes up. “Any storybooks my children and I should read before we go?” A mail pops into our inbox. “It’s World Environment Day and this month at school, we are focussing on […]

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7 June 2018

LIFE COACH

Train journeys can be life-changing sometimes. On 7 June 1893, a young lawyer Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, despite having a valid ticket, got thrown out of a train compartment because he was not white-skinned. We know the station where he was evicted was Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. The train journey is considered a catalyst for Gandhi’s […]

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6 June 2018

THE SOUNDS OF VIOLENCE

6 June 1984: Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, a charismatic militant Sikh leader, dies in the course of Operation Blue Star. What follows is the shocking assassination of our then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, which then leads to the horrifying massacre of Sikhs across the country. Why should a travelling children’s bookshop recall a traumatic episode from […]

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5 June 2018

PLASTIC SURGERY NEEDED!

What floats in the middle of the Pacific Ocean? Some exotic marine animals and plants? Think again. Because the answer is approximately 100 million tons of trash, mostly plastic! Known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, this is the world’s biggest waste bin (about one-and-a-half times the size of the US of A) and it […]

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2 June 2018

THE BEAR NECESSITIES OF LIFE

Here’s wishing one of our favourite Indian children’s publishers a very happy bearthday! May your exciting picture books, storybooks, audio books, bilingual books and touch-and-feel books  light up many dens! Team Funky Rainbow sends a big bear hug to Karadi and team :-)

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1 June 2018

HAPPY PARENTS’ DAY

If you’re a parent, here’s the recipe you probably use to make cold coffee: a) Have kids b) Make coffee c) Forget you made the coffee d) Drink it cold No wonder then that even the United Nations decided that there’s got to be a day dedicated to parents! 1 June has been designated as […]

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30 May 2018

MAN OF LETTERS

On 30 May 1919, Rabindranath Tagore wrote to Lord Chelmsford, the British Viceroy, renouncing the Knighthood conferred upon him in protest against the gruesome Jallianwala Bagh massacre. It is believed that his personal act of courage captured popular imagination and ignited the Swadeshi movement. A mind without fear indeed!  

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29 May 2018

SORENSEN & SORENSEN

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the groundbreaking Danish scientist behind the pH scale, SPL Sorensen. Every time we pop a pill to balance the acidity or alkalinity in our body, we have the intelligent gent to thank for coming up with a revolutionary idea used to this day. However, another Sorensen after our own heart goes […]

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25 May 2018

SABARMATI KE SANT

A saying goes that those who chase their dreams always know the road that leads them home again. Could this be true even of the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi? Indeed, if there’s one place that defines Gandhi as a person, a leader, a freedom fighter and a visionary, it has to be the […]

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20 July 2017

FOUR TIMES BLESSED

When a beloved author we read as children in our favourite children’s magazines, newspaper supplements and books said she’d write a story to celebrate our travelling children’s bookshop’s fourth birthday, it felt like happiness had been gathered from the four corners of the earth and sent our way. Reading Poile Sengupta’s stories as children often […]

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7 July 2017

TWO TIMES LUCKY

Funky Rainbow ~ The Travelling Children’s Bookshop kicked off its fourth birthday celebrations with author-storyteller Arthi Anand today as part of the Library Love fest at The Samhita Academy. Arthi had the children of first standard listening, laughing, singing, dancing and drawing as only she can with infectious charm and effortless ease. What was special […]

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1 April 2017

FR BESTSELLERS ~ MAR 2017

Funky Rainbow ~ The Travelling Children’s Bookshop carries an exclusive selection of Indian children’s books and puts them up for sale at children’s events across Bangalore (and online for the rest of India). The books, meant for children between the ages of 1 to 18 years, are hand-picked by writers, illustrators and editors. Our collection […]

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1 March 2017

FR BESTSELLERS ~ FEB 2017

Funky Rainbow ~ The Travelling Children’s Bookshop carries an exclusive selection of Indian children’s books and puts them up for sale at children’s events across Bangalore (and online for the rest of India). The books, meant for children between the ages of 1 to 18 years, are hand-picked by writers, illustrators and editors. Our collection […]

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1 February 2017

FR BESTSELLERS ~ JAN 2017

Funky Rainbow ~ The Travelling Children’s Bookshop carries an exclusive selection of Indian children’s books and puts them up for sale at children’s events across Bangalore (and online for the rest of India). The books, meant for children between the ages of 1 to 18 years, are hand-picked by writers, illustrators and editors. Our collection […]

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2 January 2017

FR BESTSELLERS ~ DEC 2016

Funky Rainbow ~ The Travelling Children’s Bookshop carries an exclusive selection of Indian children’s books and puts them up for sale at children’s events across Bangalore (and online for the rest of India). The books, meant for children between the ages of 1 to 18 years, are hand-picked by writers, illustrators and editors. Our collection […]

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