Funky Rainbow
BAND, BAAJA, BOOKS!

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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NICE TO MEET YOU, NATASHA!

Want to help Razia Sultan find out who is sending her girly presents and challenging her right to rule over Delhi? Intrigued by how a vampire piggybacking on a king’s back spins the most amazing stories and riddles? How about meeting up with Squiggle, who is on an adventure through the pages of a notebook […]

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THE PERKS OF PAATI-HOOD

THE PERKS OF PAATI-HOOD

Ah, what a delight it is when one’s little indulgences suddenly come to be regarded as basic necessities! Buying children’s books for my private enjoyment is a luxury I treat myself to regularly.  Eyes are rolled and eyebrows are lifted at the number of shelves in my home carrying children’s books. The surprise is compounded […]

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“YE RE YE RE KOLABA…”

Childhood stories are amazing, especially when grandmothers narrate them. Let me take you back in time to my childhood, which means stepping into a rambling old house that belonged to my grandparents. As you entered the house through the main door, there was a Brindavana (the place where the Tulsi plant is worshipped) on one […]

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BIRTHDAY PARTY 1: GET ‘APPY WITH ARTHI!

Wheeee, we are three! No better way for a children’s bookshop to celebrate than by doing events right through the birthday month! We kick off the celebrations with the amazing Arthi Anand on 2 July.   This is ideal for the age-group  4+ years but we encourage grown-ups of all ages to join in and promise […]

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BOOKALORE @ RED BRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

And we begin the New Year with a bang! Bookalore’s event this month (on 30 January) is at Redbridge International Academy and features Roopa Pai and Roopa Pai and Roopa Pai!  Why? Because this “Pai Piper” has fantabulous books for children of all ages! Catch her in action with her lovely picture book My Space, My […]

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THE VIP WITH A ROSE

THE VIP WITH A ROSE

As the nation celebrates Children’s Day today, I remember a story of the VIP with a rose. Yes, a very special person in our hearts even today, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Five decades ago, in the early sixties, Pandit Nehru, then the Prime Minister of India, spent a few days at Shillong during his tour of the North-East. […]

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MAHATMA ON MY MIND

This was Bookalore’s theme for the event at the Butterfly Talent Academy. The programme got off to a smooth start as things usually do for us at this venue. We were partnering with BTA for the third time, and their team was as efficient, organised and welcoming as they have always been. That said, we […]

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BOOKALORE AT BTA

An outing at Butterfly Talent Academy (BTA) definitely brings back some fantastic memories for the travelling children’s bookshop. On the morning of 7 December 2013, we were there bright and early for an exciting Bookalore event of stories and craft by author-storyteller par excellence Poile Sengupta and talented author-illustrator Alankrita Jain. In a jiffy, the […]

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STORYTELLER SHREYA BISWAS IN THE HOUSE

Usually, it is just the three of us at the office, working away in our respective rooms. We do meet, of course, for that important event of the working day – lunch! A meal which is more often than not spiced with animated discussions and heated debates! Or seasoned with some simple bullying of Bookalore’s […]

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FUNKY RAINBOW WAS AT KATHAVANA 2015

Here, there, everywhere – that’s where you’ll find our travelling children’s bookshop! Here are a few photos from Kathavana Children’s Literature Festival, organized by the Azim Premji University between 9 and 11 September 2015. This was Funky Rainbow’s third outing at Kathavana and we particularly love being part of the festival because it gives us […]

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A MAGICAL MYSTERY WORLD

For Bookalore and Funky Rainbow, there is no better way to have a good time than to do an event that brings children and books together. So, as our August event took shape, we knew it was going to be a scintillating morning of stories, writing, art, craft and non-stop creativity! And when the venue […]

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FETE ON A FRIDAY

March is a month of rising temperatures, tempers and tensions, thanks both to summer and exam fever! How did one Montessori school in Bangalore decide to deal with all this? By inviting Bookalore to take their children, parents and teachers into the cool world of books! On the 27 March 2015, Bookalore did an event […]

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