1 April 2019

GET, SET, START!

And we begin the new financial year with the Pai Piper of Indian children’s writers, Roopa Pai sharing sparkling nuggets of wisdom and fabulous life lessons from ‘The Gita for Children‘ and ‘The Vedas and Upanishads for Children‘ with the children of 8th Grade at PSBB Learning Leadership Academy! New beginnings for the children, who have just started […]

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28 January 2019

BOW-WOWS AND BOOKS

Rarely do you get a chance to recommend a book and get a bow-wow in return! At the South City Pet Carnival yesterday, that’s what Team Funky Rainbow heard a lot of, especially since our curated collection of books on animals, nature and the environment met with much approval. Doggies big and small walked the […]

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28 January 2019

INDIA @ 70

There’s no better way to celebrate Republic Day than with children, stories and books. Certainly nothing in the world makes us feel more liberated :-) Stories with Greystroke, colourful books from Funky Rainbow, children and parents browsing and buying books under the glorious Bangalore sun – what’s more to say but Indi-yay!  

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22 October 2018

A BIG LITTLE WORLD

Children’s literature in India is growing and how! From the simple single- and two-colour folk stories of the 1950s, through the pioneering indie publishing movement in the 1990s, to the brave new world of today where children’s publishers are experimenting with themes, narratives, genres, illustrations and production, books for children in English and the Indian […]

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29 August 2018

LOOK WHO STOPPED BY

Our bookstore looked so much more colourful and jolly when author Nandini Nayar stopped by yesterday. A prolific writer of different kinds of children’s books ranging from picture books and chapter books to novels for middle readers and non-fiction, Nandini wears her author’s hat so lightly despite having an impressive 44 children’s books to her name! What’s […]

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6 July 2018

BAND, BAAJA, BOOKS!

Celebrate books, music and a travelling bookshop’s fifth birthday with one of India’s best children’s choirs, The Harmony Chorus! Date: Saturday, 7 July 2018 Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm Venue: Hippocampus Children’s Experience Centre (Address: 525, 16th Main, 3rd Block, Koramangala. Phone: 080-25630206) Age-group: Children, adults and everyone else in between Join us for a scintillating medley […]

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22 June 2018

OH MY GOD!

On this day in 1633, the Church forced one of our greatest polymaths, Galileo Galilei, to take back his theory that the Sun and not the Earth is the centre of the universe. On this very day in 1986, in the course of a historic FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and England, genius footballer […]

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21 June 2018

TRY A BOOKASANA TODAY!

This International Yoga Day, here are some amazing asanas we recommend for a healthy lifestyle… Of course, we also recommend you inhale, exhale and then s-t-r-e-t-c-h to reach out for some super children’s books on yoga – ‘I Love Yoga’ by Anita Raina Thapan, published by Tota Books; ‘My Book of Yoga’ by Ira Trivedi, […]

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20 June 2018

TAKING REFUGE IN BOOKS

Why a collection of books on war and conflict? Well, it is World Refugee Day today. And one of the main reasons people leave their country to seek refuge, or protection, in another country is war. Held every year on 20 June, the day commemorates the “strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees”. In a world […]

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19 June 2018

LIFE’S A BROWSE!

There are days and days for everything in the world these days. But a World Sauntering Day celebrated on 19 June every year? Well, this one’s definitely a walk in the park! Or should we say, a walk in a bookshop? Here’s what Funky Rainbow looks like these days with its colourful collection of children’s books. Just […]

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18 June 2018

PRIDE AND NO PREJUDICE

Every year, organisations from across the globe celebrate Autistic Pride Day on June18. The aim of this day is to raise awareness about autistic people not as individuals who require our pity or sympathy, but instead as unique people with personalities of their own. Happily and coincidentally, an apt children’s book to send home this message landed on […]

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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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