When Renchu wants something, she wants it. And now it’s the gular flower – that beautiful thing that everyone talks about but only the very, very fortunate get to see… Will she get lucky too?
Blooming hot off the press, The Gular Flower carries with it glimpses of the lives of the Pardhi tribals of Madhya Pradesh and their little and big joys amidst trying circumstances. In another stroke of genius after Sabri’s Colours, The Trickster Bird, and the award-winning I Will Save My Land, author Rinchin tells a lyrical story, and illustrator Vipul Verma’s dreamy pictures trail Renchu’s search.
NEW LOOK! Picture Gandhi
Author Sandhya Rao’s bestselling book on Mahatma Gandhi, since 2007, came with a fresh design in time for his 150th birth anniversary celebrations!
Available earlier in English and four other Indian languages – Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada, it can now be read in six languages of the Northeast as well – Adi, Apatani, Miju-Mishmi, Nocte and Nyishi of Arunachal Pradesh, and Bodo of Assam. In most of these languages, this is the very first picture book of its kind! And to mark this path-breaking venture was a grand launch in Itanagar with the chief minister of Arunachal, Pema Khandu, releasing it in all the six languages. Speaking about the book, the Nyishi translator Lisa Lomdak said: “It’s honest, simple and non-preachy.” Like Gandhi himself!
Closer home in Chennai, Sandhya presented Picture Gandhi to the collection of the quaint old library of the Madras Literary Society and enthralled the cosy company with an array of songs, a fun activity and loads of anecdotes from Bapu’s historic life.
Get your copy, available at Rs 150 all of October, and you’re all set for your meeting with the man behind the Mahatma.
It takes science!
“Can you?” asked Arthi Anand Navaneeth and Praba Ram, “bathe with your nose?” That set the cheery tone for the launch of a non-fiction picture book by Sheela Preuitt & Praba Ram about the science behind what some animals can do that we can’t! A full house of chirpy little people tackled trivia, sang along and shook a leg in a morning that ended with an ‘I sketch, you guess the animal’ game, with the book’s famous, and everyone’s favourite illustrator, Ashok Rajagopalan. A stroke here, a curve there, and the little ones knew the answer! We had rollicking fun! Can you tell?
Laughter: indeed, the best medicine!
Jeeva Aunty, the wonderful storyteller Jeeva Raghunath, was at the Haematology & Surgery Ward, Institute of Child Health, Egmore, and it didn’t take long for the bunch of little superheroes and enthusiastic caregivers to come alive. Especially when it came to a food story about a grandmother who grows too many tomatoes and doesn’t know what to do with them! With tomato-filled recipes being tossed around, the atmosphere was garnished with giggles! Topping it off was her joyful rendition of the naughty tale of Five Little Monkeys that played to a house full of smiles!
We thank the Madras Ladies Circle 2 for donating books from Tulika to the hospital library.
Read, review, repeat!
Reading and reviewing books may not be a ‘novel’ idea but the quality of reviews, we felt, needed a little lift! So, we collaborated with a creative space, Wandering Artist, to help a bunch of bookworms sharpen their critical skills. The workshop, ‘Read: Review’, aimed at helping children between 8 and 12 years to understand the basics of how to read stories and how to critique them.
After all was read and done, we were delighted to see big smiles on the faces of our mini reviewers, that grew even broader with a special take home gift – a book from our popular and pacy Aditi Adventures series! We’re waiting and read-y for their reviews!
More power to Guthli's wings
Our compelling picture book, Guthli has Wings, written and illustrated by Kanak Shashi is flying high!
Educator, activist and writer Chintan Girish Modi, in his recent article, ‘Of gender identity, self-determination and preferred pronouns’, used it as a resource to discuss gender sensitivity. “If young students like Guthli can show the courage to challenge conventional ideas about gender, and define their own place in the world, how can you stand along with them as an ally? ... It can be overwhelming to begin learning about something that is totally new to you but this is something that students are expected to do all the time. If they can do it, so can you,” he writes, and more.
We are honoured!
Beloved Bholu is back in business after his return to Beni Ram. The talented illustrator, Niloufer Wadia, was shortlisted for the nominations to the IBBY Honour List 2020 by AWIC for creating the gentle and charming camel and the warm, earthy milieu of the desert tale, When Bholu Came Back, written by Kavitha Punniyamurthi.
Also on the translators’ shortlist was our outstanding translator, Shashi Sablok, for Nani Chali Gayin, her moving Hindi rendition of the English picture book, Gone Grandmother, by Chatura Rao. We’re crying happy tears!
The very talented author-illustrator Niveditha Subramaniam’s picture book got paw-sitive responses at the Publishing Next Industry Awards 2019. We’re thrilled to announce that her purr-fect furry-tale Soda and Bonda emerged runner-up in the Printed Children’s Book of the Year (0-8 years) category!
Also in this category, three cheers to Deepa Balsavar and Nandana Dev Sen for their honours!
Bundles of joy in Bengaluru
Spirited bookworms and encouraging adults, well-known authors and fresh new voices, talented illustrators and passionate librarians, exciting workshops and stimulating discussions, loud cheers and lots of enthusiasm… Our experience at the Neev Literature Festival 2019, that embraced children, parents, educators, and friends from the book world, was exhilarating!
We were chuffed to have so many Tulika authors and illustrators at the festival and at our stall! We’re sharing some snappy snapshots from our two-day trip to Bangalore.
Focus lights please!
Our hot-selling India Through People: 25 Game Changers, the second in the India Focus series, gets you to meet some special people – many familiar and others, less known – who shaped India’s history, politics, education, science, the arts, literature, music, sport. Devika Cariapa, author of the two powerful and hugely appreciated books in the India Focus series, is all set to arrive in Chennai!
We’re thrilled, aren’t you? Be at our bookstore to time-travel through history, as she introduces you to some of these exceptional men and women, and don’t forget to get your copies signed!
WHEN: Saturday, 16 November
WHERE: Tulika Bookstore, Alwarpet, Chennai
Follow us on social media for registration details!
In her recent Tulika haul, the top choice for this home-schooling mom was The House That Sonabai Built, author-artist, Vishakha Chanchani’s award-winning non-fiction. “Love our finds from @tulikabooks. So much representation and diversity in these books. It is hard to pick ONE favourite but if I had to choose one that would be 'The House that Sonabai Built',” said the review from @this.homeschooling.life.
The story of a little girl with a jiggly-wiggly milk tooth in our latest picture book, Lila’s Loose Tooth, tickled many funny bones. “We could not stop laughing while reading and adoring each of the pictures in this action packed new Tulika book… The children with their 'small window' in their mouth and their zany crazy tooth stories are just so adorable…” says the fond review by Kidzalaya library in Mumbai.
Six yards of love, pouring in for the ‘sustainability specialist’ of our latest wordless picture book, Ammama’s Sari. “Niveditha Subramaniam's tribute to her own Ammama, who was a natural at upcycling, wraps you up in its comforting and gentle folds. The fact that this is a family story, the best kind of story ever, makes this book even more special… Since I picked this up yesterday, I’ve leafed through it a few times...and on each occasion it has delighted me,” says the elegant review by @mythaunty.