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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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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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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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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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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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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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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