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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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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24 September 2015

STORY OF THE DAY ~ #1

Once upon a time there were two little magazines with giant hearts – Hoot & Toot. They were story collectors and their giant hearts took in all the little lost stories that went floating around the world. And one day they came across a little story that had been around the world at least three […]

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