13 June 2018

LOOK WHO STOPPED BY

Children’s writer Kavitha Mandana added colour to Funky Rainbow by dropping in today and spending time browsing through our curated collection of children’s books. The author of two recent STEM picture books, ‘Maths at the Mela’ and ‘Who Made the Tomato Chutney?’ (both published by Pratham Books) and an older excellent picture book that breaks gender […]

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12 June 2018

FREE ME

India became free from British rule on 15 August 1947. It has been over seventy years now, but are we truly free from poverty, hunger and illiteracy – at least for our children? According to recent statistics, approximately 33 million children are employed in various forms of child labour in India. June 12 is World Day […]

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11 June 2018

REEF TALES

One of the world’s most breathtakingly beautiful natural wonders, The Great Barrier Reef, was discovered on this day in 1770 by English explorer and naval officer, Captain James Cook. Captain Cook actually ended up discovering the reef the hard way, literally speaking, that is. He ran his ship aground on it! Cook’s ship, The Endeavor, was […]

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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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4 June 2018

LOOK WHO STOPPED BY

Children’s and Young Adult writer Payal Dhar was at Funky Rainbow today. Author of a sensitive picture book on disability – A Helping Hand, Pratham Books two exciting middle-grade novels – There’s a Ghost in My PC, Scholastic India and Hit for a Six, Rupa Publications and several contemporary YA novels – Satin, HarperCollins India; The Shadow in Eternity trilogy, […]

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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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