Books for Five Year Olds- The Beebop Series

It was birthday time for my five year old and it called for a party- inclusive of games, food and gifts galore. As a customary practice, a little return gift is given to every child, thanking him/her for being part of the celebrations. This time around, I decided the return gift had to be something fun, as well as there had to be some sort of learning element in it. And here is what I picked. Books from the Beebop series BeeBop series is a set of books brought out by Dream Theatre (an entertainment company) in collaboration with Harper Kids

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Can You Keep a Secret – By Sophie Kinsella

When a book puts together life’s simplest pleasures, you can be sure that it’s going to be one great read. To kick start the week ahead, here is a book that’s worth a pick- Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella. After a rather dull weekend, I needed a book that wasn’t too heavy, to pull me out of the slump. And this book came as the perfect read. It was light-hearted, honest and made me smile too. I just adored the portrayal of the characters and the narrative right till the end. Can You Keep a Secret is

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Fisher Queen’s Dynasty by Kavita Kane

She was the queen of Hastinapur. Yet, when it comes to the great Mahabharata, her story is seldom spoken about, despite her responsibility in the continuation of the Kuru dynasty, and the consequences that would later lead to the Kurukshetra war. Fisher Queens’s Dynasty by Kavita Kane is the story of Satyavati, the second wife of the Hastinapur king, Shantanu. The book is about the courage, confidence and lesser known facts about Satyavati- the royal mother, the queen and the person who gave King Shantanu his heir to the throne! The genre of mythology isn’t really my favorite when it

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Small Towns, Big Stories By Ruskin Bond

It’s almost the weekend and the best time to read a good book, cuddled in a warm blanket with a hot cup of coffee to go with it. Here is a book I picked up to kick start this year’s reading. Small Towns, Big Stories is a collection of twenty-one stories by Ruskin Bond. Stories with a similar theme, they speak of little hamlets, of the wilderness, of people and places. A few of these stories have been published earlier in various books. But well, it is the Bond factor, and re-reading them is always a pleasure! It’s the simplicity

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Five Lessons I Learnt From the Year Gone By

A year- with its 365 days- is a great expanse of time. As it draws to an end, it is time to look back and reflect upon it. At this last dawn, as I head into 2018, I dream, plan and pin hopes for a better year ahead. The last few months have been dreary. Moments of stress and loneliness have been aplenty. Yet there were lessons learnt. Lesson 1 : Change is a constant companion The only thing constant in life is change. And these changes are of all kinds. Some positive ones that we welcome with open arms, some that

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A Hundred Little Flames by Preeti Shenoy

Preeti Shenoy, considered to be India’s top selling female authors, is out with her latest “A Hundred Little Flames”. I have read a couple of her earlier books and have had a love-hate relationship with her. Much as I found her story line to be decent and sort of heart warming, the narration often left me feeling disappointed. Yet, I still end up picking up her books. And her latest book actually took me by surprise. It was a totally new avtaar of Preeti’s writing. A Hundred Little Flames is a simple story of intense relationships, delivered with an elegant

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Book Review: Two by Gulzar

“We were One people. One parted. Now we are Two.” It is another story of the partition of India. Yet, this book is different from the rest. It is Gulzar’s voice. He speaks about partition, the people displaced, and their struggles to understand how a mere carving of a line could actually divide one nation into two- Hindustan and Pakistan. Originally written in Urdu, Two is a translation of the same by Gulzar himself. It is a short and crisp novella. Yet it manages to capture the right essence of the story that’s being told. And in Gulzar’s own words,

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