Itihashe Hatekhori: Deshbhag ( An Initiation to History: Partition )

Writer: Anwesha Sengupta Illustration: Ranjit Chitrakar, Sirajuddaulah Chitrakar Date of Publication: September 2022, Kolkata  Review by Anurima Chanda Itihashe Hatekhori: Deshbhag (An Initiation to History: Partition), which runs to 58-pages from cover-to-cover, opens with the map of India-Pakistan etched on the lines of the map that was published in the Guardian on 15th August, 1947. … Continue reading Itihashe Hatekhori: Deshbhag ( An Initiation to History: Partition )

Play and Playthings in South Asian Children’s Literature: A 2 Day Symposium

Date: 18th & 19th March 2023 Time: 9 a.m. CDT/ 7.30 p.m. IST Location: Zoom, with YouTube livestream Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/play-and-playthings-in-south-asian-childrens-literature-a-2-day-symposium-tickets-556673303837 Last Date for Registration: 15th March 2023 Event Description: This 2 day symposium will bring together papers on the the iterations, manifestations, evocations of play in South Asian children's literature. Children’s literature and material … Continue reading Play and Playthings in South Asian Children’s Literature: A 2 Day Symposium

Young Authors and Childhood Agency: A Conversation with Sudeshna Shome Ghosh and Bijal Vachharajani

Interviewed by Ritwika Roy https://youtu.be/ZDS41qVWwrY This interview was originally taken on 18th May 2022, for a conference paper I was working on, where I discussed Talking Cub's A Bend in Time: Writing By Children on the COVID-19 Pandemic. Sudeshna Shome Ghosh (@SudeshnaShome) is Head, Talking Cub and Speaking Tiger YA, the Children's & YA Imprint … Continue reading Young Authors and Childhood Agency: A Conversation with Sudeshna Shome Ghosh and Bijal Vachharajani

Not A Review: Sayantani DasGupta’s Debating Darcy (2022)

By Ritwika Roy As a fan of both Jane Austen and Sayantani DasGupta’s fiction, reading Debating Darcy was inevitable, no matter the length of wait for Scholastic India to bring out an Indian edition. A YA contemporary re-imagining of arguably Austen’s most popular work, Pride & Prejudice, the characters are a diverse group of young … Continue reading Not A Review: Sayantani DasGupta’s Debating Darcy (2022)

Using stories as tools for understanding social justice with children

By Divya Jyoti Tirkey & Mamura Khan During the first lockdown at the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic in the country, a large number of migrants walked insurmountable distances, in the peak of summer, to reach home. Jamlo Makdam, a 12-year-old child, also walked, from the chili fields of Telangana where she worked as a laborer, … Continue reading Using stories as tools for understanding social justice with children

Editorial: Childhood “Prets” and Other Premonitions

Introduction My (Ahona’s) earliest memories of the supernatural blend with memories of hot rice, white steam like spirits rising from my plate, the sounds of shakha-pola (bangles) on Dida’s hand clamouring as she approached with a ladle full of dal and the words from Dadu’s stories taking on strange shapes and colours, as the ghosts … Continue reading Editorial: Childhood “Prets” and Other Premonitions

B for ‘Bhoot’: In Conversation with Manisha Naskar 

Manisha Naskar is a well-known freelance animator and illustrator from Bengal. Her work includes illustrations for famous Bengali children's stories like Satyajit Ray's Pagla Dashu for Pratham Book's Storyweaver and an animated adaptation of "Mr Shashmoler Sheshratri" (A Strange Night for Mr. Sashmal) as part of her diploma project . In this interview, Manisha opens … Continue reading B for ‘Bhoot’: In Conversation with Manisha Naskar