22 June 2018


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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6 June 2018


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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1 June 2018


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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3 December 2015


The only special need that any child has (or any adult, for that matter) is to be loved and accepted just the way they are. And, if there’s a children’s book that sparkles as it tells a story around this much-needed theme, it has got to be Zai Whitaker’s Kanna Panna! Words roll, tumble and […]

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7 October 2015


As an editor of children’s magazines for over fifteen years now, I’ve often featured interesting pieces on people who are inspiring and who make us feel like anything can be achieved if we set our minds to it. These features have mostly been done in the form of imaginary diaries, letters, comics and even posters, […]

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3 October 2015


“I haven’t been everywhere, but it is on my list,” said the writer Susan Sontag. Mine too, but while I am at it,  Siddhartha Sarma’s eclectic, enjoyable book, 103 Journeys, Voyages, Trips and Stuff  has kept me company for some years now. The sort of book that you can read at one go or dip […]

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28 September 2015


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. The books are handpicked by writers, illustrators and editors for children between the ages of 1 to 16 years. Our collection is curated to represent the best of Indian children’s writing […]

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