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Spin Through September with these Children’s Books!

Step into September with a bundle of brand-new children’s books! Join Biji in the kitchen, tag along with Anna and Kichu through their big fight, and help Ira ensure Mahalaxmi’s unforgettable trip to Mysore. These stories are perfect for young readers, full of fun and excitement!

 

Biji's In The Kitchen
Biji’s In The Kitchen || Natasha Sharma

Slimy bhindi curry, anyone? Biji is freestyle and fun. But when she is in the kitchen, everyone, beware!

 

The Big Bad Fight
The Big Bad Fight || Yamini Vijayan

Best friends Anna and Kichu are collectors of incredible things. But one day, they have a nasty fight. Will things ever be the same again?

 

Mahalaxmi Will Go to Mysore
Mahalaxmi Will Go to Mysore || Niyatee Sharma

Ira’s new friend Mahalaxmi is different from everyone else in the class. When Mahalaxmi can’t come on the class trip to Mysore, Ira knows she has to find a way. But will Mahalaxmi let her classmates help her?

 

Awesome August Books for Children

Welcome to an exciting new world of discovery and imagination with our newest August releases! Whether you’re curious about distant planets and stars, mystic creatures, or want to know more about the power of science and become the ultimate smartypants in town, this collection of stories has something for children of all ages.

So, buckle up and let the adventurous journey begin! Happy Reading!

Sinbad and the Rise of Iblis
Sinbad and the Rise of Iblis || Kevin Missal

You might be wondering why I’m still speaking in the midst of chaos. Well, danger has now become my constant companion. In my reckless quest for power, I shattered the trust of those who once stood by my side. The words ‘betrayer’ and ‘broken’ are now etched into my very being.But there is no time to give in to my misery. The dreaded devil, once imprisoned, has risen from the depths of Qlitop. With a legion of abominable creatures at his command, he now threatens to unleash unrestrained havoc upon the world.

Time is rapidly pushing us towards the abyss. Desperate, I must embark on a harrowing journey to acquire three mystical artefacts that can save our ravaged Earth. Yet, as fate would have it, these
objects can only be found within alternate universes, adding another layer of torment to my already tormented existence.

Prepare yourself for the final instalment in Kevin Missal’s Sinbad series, a gripping reimagination of the legendary sailor from the classic One Thousand and One Nights!

 

How to Reach Mars and other (Im)possible Things
How to Reach Mars and other (Im)possible Things || Menaka Raman

Rabia is one of the most curious girls you’ll meet. She’s always full of questions: How, Why,
What, Where and When!
When she hears a classmate say that women can’t be scientists, she has to find out if it’s true. Luckily, she’s soon visiting the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on a field trip with her classmates, where she bumps into Dr Mary, a physicist.

When Rabia learns that Dr Mary is one of the scientists working on a daring mission to Mars, she asks her all the questions that she can think of about the mission.
Join Rabia and Dr Mary as they walk through ISRO and learn everything about making the impossible-possible!

 

Earthquakes for Smartypants
Earthquakes for Smartypants || Anushka Ravishankar

Earthquakes for Smartypants
Are you a Smartypants?
Do you ask a lot of questions? Like–
What is the surface of the Earth called?
Is the Earth actually a rainbow cake?
How do you measure an earthquake?
If you do, then you just might find the answers in this book.
It has gorgeous pictures, simple explanations and a very curious cat!

 

Vacciness for Smartypants
Vacciness for Smartypants || Anushka Ravishankar

Are you a Smartypants?
Do you ask a lot of questions? Like-
Are all germs bad?
What is an antibody?
Do T cells go to school?
If you do, then you just might find the answers in this book.
It has gorgeous pictures, simple explanations and a very curious cat!

 

Newton's Laws of Motions for Smartypants
Newton’s Laws of Motions for Smartypants || Anusha Ravishankar

Are you a Smartypants?
Do you ask a lot of questions? Like-
What is force?
What is acceleration?
Will you go to jail if you break Newton’s laws?
If you do, then you just might find the answers in this book.
It has gorgeous pictures, simple explanations and a very curious cat!

 

Dhara's revolution
Dhara’s revolution || Varsha Seshan

Sarvaloka Public School calls children ‘future citizens’ but makes every decision without ever talking to the students. Nine-year-old Dhara is determined to change that. She sparks a revolution, and gets the whole school to vote for the very first time. However, caught in the storm of elections, Dhara loses sight of what is really important to her.

Can she find her way back to what truly matters before everything spirals out of control?

Celebrate World Environment Day with these children’s books!

This World Environment Day, embark on a vibrant journey through the pages of these captivating books, and let the wonders of nature ignite your imagination! Get ready to dive into thrilling adventures in the wilderness, uncover heart-warming tales about the natural world, and inspire young minds to become guardians of our precious planet. With every turn of the page, these recommended reads will transport young nature lovers into a world teeming with life and empower them to make a positive impact on their surroundings. So grab a copy, embrace the colourful illustrations, and set off on an eco-friendly expedition that will leave you breathless and inspired!

Passepartout, is that you?
Passepartout, Is That You? || Menaka Raman

When a shipment of exotic animals is rescued, Shyam discovers that a star tortoise has been accidentally left behind. Entrusted with its care, Shyam’s grandfather, a policeman who was overseeing the rescue operation, sets off in pursuit of the van to reunite the tortoise with the others. Meanwhile, the mischievous tortoise escapes from the police station. With the help of his loyal companion Kanamma, Shyam embarks on a thrilling quest to locate the adventurous tortoise before his grandfather returns.

This heart-warming tale beautifully conveys important messages about our responsibility towards endangered and exotic animals, the value of friendship, and the power of perseverance. Join Shyam on an unforgettable journey filled with excitement, and let this fun hook book, Passepartout, Is That You?, captivate young readers while imparting valuable life lessons.  

 

Strangus Derangus and Other Adventures Of Little Shambu Book 1
Strangus Derangus and Other Adventures Of Little Shambu (Book 1) || Reena Ittyerah Puri and illustrated by Savio Mascarenhanes

What would you say of a boy who loves rushing headlong into trouble?

That’s what Little Shambu does with his dog, the loyal Dum Dum, in tow. But as his best friend, Shanti, would tell you, it always leads him into exciting adventures involving lost cats, mysterious carrot thieves, a strange and exotic creature and stolen pandas.

 

In The Bear's Den and More Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 2)
In The Bear’s Den and More Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 2) || Reena Ittyerah Puri and illustrated by Savio Mascarenhanes

What would you say of a boy who continues to find himself in sticky situations?

That’s what Little Shambu does with his dog, the loyal Dum Dum, in tow. But as his best friend, Shanti, would tell you, it always leads him into exciting adventures involving grouchy bears, rattling cattle, slouchy snakes and runaway elephants.

 

Dum Dum To The Rescue and Yet More Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 3)
Dum Dum To The Rescue and Yet More Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 3) || || By Reena Ittyerah Puri and illustrated by Savio Mascarenhanes

What would you say of a boy who gets into trouble over and over again?

That’s what Little Shambu does with his dog, the loyal Dum Dum, in tow. But as his best friend, Shanti, would tell you, it always leads him into exciting adventures involving homely chickens and a crafty fox, mischievous mice, moustached men and confusing encounters with aliens.

Escape into the fantastic world of Little Shambu with these brand-new adventures of the beloved character from TINKLE.

 

Trunk Call for Ajju
Trunk Call for Ajju || Anjana Nagabhushana

8-year-old Ajay Kumaraswamy or Ajju was leading a seemingly regular life — getting into trouble with his parents with Kini Maasi, working out countable and uncountable nouns with his best friend Karthik and learning to be a budding guitarist with his music teacher Miss Alva. However, when Kini Maasi shares the story about Molly, a hurt baby elephant in distant Zimbawe needing help, he doubles up with Karthik to figure out how to raise funds.
Based on a true story about an injured baby elephant, Trunk Call for Ajju is sure to warm your heart. Sensitively written, Anjana’s debut novel is a sensitive tale about the love for animals and change of heart. Simply told with a lot of humour, the book is peppered with black and white illustrations which would help a reluctant young reader to pick this book.

 

The girl who was a forest Janaki Ammal
The Girl Who Was a Forest Janaki Ammal || Lavanya Karthik

Janaki is on an enchanting journey as she dreams of a secret world beyond the confines of her town. In this beautifully illustrated 48-paged biography, young readers will be inspired by Janaki’s connection with nature and how it guides her to become India’s first woman botanist. Through vivid pictures and easy-to-comprehend narrative, this book will ignite the imagination of children and encourage them to bring a change in their environment. A delightful addition to any young reader’s collection, this book from the Dreamer’s Series is sure to spark curiosity and a love for nature.

 

All Time Favourite Nature Stories
All Time Favourite Nature Stories || Ruskin Bond

This collection of 25 gorgeously illustrated short stories curated by Ruskin is a celebration of his love for nature. Part fiction and part real, and a continuation of the All-Time Favourite series by him, these stories will inspire a renewed love for nature – one of the most powerful and mysterious forces of the universe.

An homage to his childhood spent in the hills of Kasauli, Shimla, Dehra, and Landour, the collection takes you to a land and time when man thrived in the natural beauty around him.

 

Unearthed- An Environmental History of Independent India
Unearthed: An Environmental History of Independent India || Meghaa Gupta

Through meticulous historical research, the author takes us on a journey through time, exploring the significant events that have shaped the country’s ecology and environment policies. The book covers a wide range of topics, from the Green Revolution and Milk Revolution to nuclear energy advancements, the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, the Taj Mahal crisis, water scarcity in Chennai, and many more pivotal moments in history. What sets this book apart is its unique environmental perspective, providing a chronological documentation of these events and their ecological impact making it a captivating read for children as well as adults.

 

Naturalist Ruddy
Naturalist Ruddy || Rohan Chakravarthy

Embark on a thrilling adventure across India’s diverse natural habitats with the curious protagonist, Ruddy, as he unravels the captivating mysteries of the natural world in this one-of-a-kind comic book. Perfect for parents seeking engaging reads for their children, this book offers an easy and quick reading experience. Mystery and detective story enthusiasts will be captivated by the collection, as it introduces a cast of characters drawn from the rich wildlife, flora, and fauna that the author encountered during his expeditions to various sanctuaries. This World Environment Day, embark on an exciting journey with Ruddy Mongoose and discover the wonders of nature in a truly entertaining and educational way.

World Environment Day: Essential Reads for Earth Lovers

On this World Environment Day, explore our carefully curated list of eco-friendly recommendations to create a greener future and preserve our beautiful planet Earth. Grab a copy and join the global movement. Happy World Environment Day!

I'M A Climate Optimist
I’M A Climate Optimist || Akash Ranison

Whenever climate change as a topic pops up in a conversation, someone ends the conversation with ‘What can I do about it?’ I’m A Climate Optimist is the answer to those all, what can I dos. Covering all the aspects of day-to-day life like food, textile, transportation, tourism, beauty, home, education, business, etc along with Industry specific expert comments. Get hold of this June release to learn the art of making our planet more liveable and sustainable.

Get hold of this book to learn the art of making our planet more liveable and sustainable.

 

Greening The Earth
Greening The Earth || Edited by K. Satchidanandan & Nishi Chawla

Greening the Earth is a rare anthology that brings together global poetic responses to one of the major crises faced by humanity in our time: environmental degradation and the threat it poses to the very survival of the human species. Poets from across the world respond here in their diverse voices-of anger, despair, and empathy to the present ecological damage prompted by human greed, pray for the re-greening of our little planet and celebrate a possible future where we live in harmony with every form of creation.

The Case For Nature
The Case For Nature || Siddharth Shrikanth

In a world where carbon emissions and climate financing are rightly rising up the agenda, there exists another catastrophe that is often overlooked but just as dire-the global collapse of our ecosystems. Siddarth Shrikanth’s The Case for Nature presents a compelling vision for tackling this other crisis by rethinking our relationship with nature in economic, social, and even personal terms.

The Case for Nature is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand how nature can help us forge a more sustainable future and what they can do to contribute to this vision.

 

Pugmarks and Carbon Footprints
Pugmarks and Carbon Footprints || Rohan Chakravarty

 

Pugmarks and Carbon Footprints is a collection of gag cartoons and comic strips based exclusively on wildlife and nature. Staying true to their theme, the cartoons and comics in the book will speak about wildlife, ecology, interesting trivia about the lives of wild animals, and how the lives of these creatures are entwined with ours. Other than providing some much needed comic relief during environmental doomsday, the book will equip the reader with snippet-sized information about environmental issues in an easily palatable manner.

 

Superpowers on the Shore
Superpowers on the Shore || Sejal Mehta

The Indian coastline hosts some magnificent intertidal species: solar-powered slugs, escape artist octopuses, venomous jellies, harpooning conus sea snails, to name just a few. It is as biodiverse as a forest wildlife safari, and twice as secretive. From bioluminescence and advanced sonic capabilities to camouflage and shape-shifting, these cloaked assassins are capable of otherworldly skill. Superpowers on the Shore by Sejal Mehta is a dazzling, assured look at some of the creatures with whom we share our world, our water, our monsoons, our beaches, and the sandcastles therein.

 

The Heartbeat of Trees
The Heartbeat of Trees || Peter Wohlleben

In The Heartbeat of Trees, renowned forester Peter Wohlleben draws on new scientific discoveries to show how humans are deeply connected to the natural world. In an era of cell-phone addiction, climate change and urban life, many of us fear that we’ve lost our connection to nature. But Wohlleben is convinced that the age-old ties linking humans to the forest remain alive and intact. Drawing on science and cutting-edge research, The Heartbeat of Trees reveals the profound interactions humans can have with nature, exploring the language of the forest, the consciousness of plants and the eroding boundary between flora and fauna.

 

Leopard Diaries
Leopard Diaries || Sanjay Gubbi

In Leopard Diaries: The Rosette in India, Sanjay Gubbi, who has studied and documented the leopard for nearly a decade, gives us a close look at this fascinating creature. From detailing its food habits to throwing new light on how the young are reared, from offering suggestions on tackling leopard-human conflict to imagining the future of this arresting animal, this book is a 360-degree view of the leopard, its ecological context, its fraught relationship with the human world, and how wildlife and human beings can find a way to co-exist.

 

Flood And Fury
Flood And Fury || Viju B

The floods that devastated large parts of Kerala in 2018 were not an isolated, freak phenomenon; rather, they signalled something graver-the ecological devastation of the Western Ghats. Travelling in this region, documenting the devastating large-scale mining, quarrying, deforestation and mismanagement of water resources, at the same time mapping its culture, history and ecology, Viju B. investigates the crisis in the Western Ghats and suggests policy measures urgently required to mitigate it.

 

Working To Restore
Working To Restore || Esha Chhabra

Journalist Esha Chhabra draws on her decades of reporting to explore the nuanced realities and promise of regenerative business operations.
Working to Restore examines revolutionary approaches in nine areas: agriculture, waste, supply chain, inclusivity for the collective good, women in the workforce, travel, health, energy, and finance. The companies profiled are solving global issues: promoting responsible production and consumption, creating equitable opportunities for all, encouraging climate action, and more. Chhabra highlights how their work moves beyond the greenwashed idea of ‘sustainability’ into a new era of regeneration and restoration.

 

Bare Necessities
Bare Necessities || Sahar Mansoor, Tim De Ridder

Bare Necessities is your one-stop guide on how to move towards a more sustainable lifestyle in India. Filled with activities, insights, recipes, tips and how-to guides, it is a must-read for anyone wanting to make a positive change in their life and in the environment.

 

The Nutmeg's Curse
The Nutmeg’s Curse || Amitav Ghosh

Written against the backdrop of the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests, and interweaving discussions on everything from climate change, the migrant crisis, and the animist spirituality of indigenous communities around the world, The Nutmeg’s Curse offers a sharp critique of Western society, and reveals the profoundly remarkable ways in which human history is shaped by non-human forces.

 

The Great Derangement
The Great Derangement || Amitav Ghosh

In The Great Derangement, a groundbreaking return to non-fiction, Ghosh examines our inability-at the level of literature, history and politics-to grasp the scale and violence of climate change. The climate crisis asks us to imagine other forms of human existence-a task to which fiction, Ghosh argues, is the best suited of all forms. The Great Derangement serves as a brilliant writer’s summons to confront the most urgent task of our time.

 

Garden Up
Garden Up || Dr. Ekta Chaudhary

YouTube sensation Ekta Chaudhary has been teaching gardening to her millions of followers, and for the first time, she is putting it all down in an easy-to-use, fun and simple beginner’s guide to growing plants at home. Rich in information on the amount of light plants need, the kind of soil to use and plants that can thrive indoors and outdoors, with answers to all ‘silly’ questions, Garden Up will gift anyone a green thumb.

 

How To Raise A Plant Baby
How To Raise A Plant Baby || Vinayak Garg

 

Written for all plant parents trying to raise their plant babies in an urban setting, How To Raise A Plant Baby is built on basic principles that keep plants healthy and covers all topics that any plant parent need to know-how to prepare their space, how to choose the right plants for their home, how to care for the plants and keep them happy and how to get family and friends started with plants of their own.

 

This Handmade Life
This Handmade Life || Nandita Iyer

This Handmade Life is all about finding a passion and becoming really good at it. Divided into seven sections-baking, fermenting, self-care, kitchen gardening, soap-making, spices and stitching-this book tells us it is all right to slow down and take up simple projects that bring us unadulterated joy.

June Reads: Recommended Books for Children

Get ready for a magical journey into the world of children’s literature with our selection of June releases! From delightful picture books that bring stories to life, to captivating chapter books and sparkling illustrations, these tales will take kids and parents alike on literary escapades. Join us as we unveil stories that will inspire laughter, spark curiosity and create cherished memories.

My First Sudha Murthy Collection: A Set of Four Chapter Books
My First Sudha Murthy Collection: A Set of Four Chapter Books || Sudha Murthy

From India’s favourite writer comes a curated collection of 4 heartwarming stories packaged as charming chapter books. Each book offers a splendid introduction to Sudha Murty’s world through captivating illustrations, endearing characters and deliciously written tales in her unique style.

Magical, beautiful and full of wonder this boxset is a perfect gift for beginners.

 

Bipathu and Very Big Dream
Bipathu and Very Big Dream || Anita Nair

When school reopens in the village of Kaikurussi after the pandemic lockdown, nine-year-old Bipathu makes new friends-Madama, a blind lady who has moved to the village, Maash, a neighbour, Rahul, a boy who loves football as much as she does, and Duggu, a rescued puppy. When Madama gifts Bipathu’s brother Saad, a special needs child, a pair of braces, Bipathu starts believing in the power of the universe. So, when Suleiman, the class bully, roughs up Rahul to prevent him from training for the football match selections, Bipathu looks to the universe for help.

The Girl Who Loved To Run: P.T. Usha
The Girl Who Loved To Run: P.T. Usha || Lavanya Karthik

 

Quick as a bird, fast as a train-there she goes! This is the story of P.T. Usha, before she became a legend in Indian sports.

 

The Paper Plane Flew
The Paper Plane Flew || Bharti Singh

One afternoon, Mithi and her father make a paper aeroplane and send it into the sky. How far it will travel?

 

Simi Stands Tall
Simi Stands Tall || Arti Sonthalia

 

Simi has to join a new school in a new city. But the three-time academic award winner of Bhaarti Bhavan is suddenly a nobody at Newton International School. She discovers that a boy named Parth, who dresses in shabby clothes and torn shoes, is much smarter than her. The popular girl, Alisa, has a mean streak. Simi’s only confidant is her pet goldfish, Goldie, as she navigates annoying older siblings and her mother’s chemotherapy.
With so many changes in her life, will Simi learn to choose her human friends wisely, stand up tall for herself and defend her real friends?

Don’t miss out on the joy and wonder that await in our June collection!

Step into Satyajit Ray’s Universe with These 6 Books

Penguin is celebrating Satyajit Ray’s 102nd birth anniversary, and like every year, this one too comes with a lot of nostalgia over his stories that have stayed with all of us. Satyajit Ray took our cinema, literature and overall aesthetic expression to a new height. He was an ace designer, music composer, illustrator, and gifted writer. Generations of readers, young and old, have found themselves enamoured of Ray’s characters and the universe he created.

We bring you some gems from The Penguin Ray Library, an endeavour to capture the brilliance of this Renaissance man and our vision to disseminate his works to a wide spectrum of readership.

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The Feluda Journal

The Feluda Journal
The Feluda Journal || Satyajit Ray

 

Felu, the super sleuth, is the nickname of Pradosh C. Mitter. Although Satyajit Ray wrote Feluda stories for the largely younger readers, soon it was found that they were being read by their parents as well. Soon longer stories followed-novelettes-taking place in a variety of picturesque settings.

From the historical setting of Lucknow-to solve the mystery of diamond ring, which once belonged to the Mughal emperor Aurengzeb-to the Blue Beryl of Kailash Chowdhury, this is the first-ever Feluda journal, which opens a window to unseen archiving materials, illustrations and rare publicity stills created by Ray.

A companion journal to scribble your thoughts, this collector’s edition brings to light the ever-popular adventures of Satyajit Ray’s enduring creation, Feluda!

 

COMING SOON!

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The Best of Satyajit Ray Boxset

 

The Best of Satyajit Ray
The Best of Satyajit Ray

From the ever-popular adventures of Ray’s enduring creation, the professional sleuth Feluda to the chronicles of Professor Shonku; short stories; writings on filmmaking; and thoughts on the world as well as Indian cinema, among others, this anthology, a two-volume boxset, The Best of Satyajit Ray is not only a treat for the Ray enthusiasts but also a collector’s edition.

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Satyajit Ray Miscellany

 

Satyajit Ray Miscellany
Satyajit Ray Miscellany

Satyajit Ray Miscellany, the second book in The Penguin Ray Library series, brings to light some of the rarest essays and illustrations of Ray that opens a window to the myriad thought-process of this creative genius. With more than seventy gripping write-ups and rare photographs and manuscripts, this book is a collector’s item.

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Childhood Days

 

Childhood Days
Childhood Days

Childhood Days takes readers through legendary storyteller Satyajit Ray’s early life, exploring the people who were around him during his childhood, the places he spent the early years of his life in and the man we now know as an artist, music composer, director and writer. It displays the lesser-known side of Ray -affectionate, tender and humorous, quite different from the serious, introverted man the world knew.

Through Childhood Days, Ray writes eloquently about his initial attempts to understand photography, his experience of tasting ice cream for the first time, his discomfort during his school years as a result of his father’s and grandfather’s fame and what he went through during the shooting of Pather Panchali, his debut and landmark film. Filled with stories that are funny and heart-warming, Childhood Days is a glimpse into the making of a genius.

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Indigo: Selected Stories

Indigo: Selected Stories
Indigo: Selected Stories

 

Indigo is a collection of stories about the supernatural, the peculiar and the inexplicable from Satyajit Ray, one of the best-loved writers of our times. There are tales of dark horror, fantasy and adventure along with heartwarmingly funny stories about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. In ‘Big Bill’ Tulsi Babu picks up a newly-hatched chick from a forest and brings it home only to find it growing bigger and fiercer by the day; in ‘Khagam’ a man kills a sadhu’s deadly pet snake and invites a curse which brings about horrifying changes in his body; and in the title story, a young executive resting in an old abandoned bungalow for a night, finds himself caught up in a chilling sequence of events which occurred more than a century ago. Also included here is ‘The Magical Mystery’, a brand new Feluda story discovered amongst Ray’s papers after his death, and several tales featuring Uncle Tarini, the master storyteller who appears in translation for the first time. From Mr. Shasmal, who is visited one night by all the creatures he has ever killed, to Ashamanja Babu, who does not know what to do when his pet dog suddenly begins to laugh, the unforgettable characters in these stories surprise, shock and entertain us in equal measure.

Indigo is a veritable treasure trove, especially for those who like a taste of the unusual in a short story and an unexpected twist at the end. The book is translated from Bengali by the author and Gopa Majumdar.

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Speaking of Films

Speaking of Films
Speaking of Films

 

Speaking of Films brings together some of Ray’s most memorable writings on film and film-making. With the masterly precision and clarity that characterize his films, Ray discusses a wide array of subjects. He also writes about his own experiences, the challenges of working with rank amateurs, and the innovations in the face of technological, financial and logistical constraints. Ray provides fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpses of the people who worked with him.

This first-ever translation of Bishay Chalachitra, a seminal collection of essays on cinema, Speaking of Films retains the lucidity and simplicity that is a hallmark of Ray’s writing, and gives an invaluable insight into the mind of a genius.

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May Marvels: Recommended Books for Children

As avid readers and parents ourselves, we understand the importance of finding engaging and age-appropriate books that will inspire a lifelong love for reading in young minds. So, check out this list of recommended books for your children that range from picture books to middle-grade novels.

 

Zen by Shabnam Minwalla

Zen
Zen || Shabnam Minwalla

In 1935, Zainab Essanji wants to break out of her restricted life and be part of the independence movement. But it seems that all she is destined to do is embroider and wait to get married.

In 2019, Zainab Currimji, class XI student, is unhappy at getting drawn into debates and controversies which she would rather not be part of. But in India of 2019, how can one not be drawn into these?

In this deeply addictive, sweeping book about the life and times of the two Zainabs, is captured a short history of Mumbai, and of India. Of what we were and what we have become.

Strangus Derangus & Other Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 1) by Reena Ittyerah Puri

Strangus Derangus & Other Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 1)
Strangus Derangus & Other Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 1) || Reena Ittyerah Puri

What would you say of a boy who loves rushing headlong into trouble?

That’s what Little Shambu does with his dog, the loyal Dum Dum, in tow. But as his best friend, Shanti, would tell you, it always leads him into exciting adventures involving lost cats, mysterious carrot thieves, a strange and exotic creature and stolen pandas.

Escape into the fantastic world of Little Shambu with these brand-new adventures of the beloved character from TINKLE.

In the Bear’s Den & More Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 2) by Reena Ittyerah Puri

In the Bear’s Den & More Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 2)
In the Bear’s Den & More Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 2) || Reena Ittyerah Puri

What would you say of a boy who continues to find himself in sticky situations?

That’s what Little Shambu does with his dog, the loyal Dum Dum, in tow. But as his best friend, Shanti, would tell you, it always leads him into exciting adventures involving grouchy bears, rattling cattle, slouchy snakes and runaway elephants.

Escape into the fantastic world of Little Shambu with these brand-new adventures of the beloved character from TINKLE.

The Boy Who Wanted to Fly: JRD Tata (Dreamers Series) by Lavanya Karthik

The Boy Who Wanted to Fly: JRD Tata
The Boy Who Wanted to Fly: JRD Tata || Lavanya Karthik

Before Jeh started India’s first airline and changed the way the nation travelled, he was a boy who dreamt of flying.

Sleepytime Tales with Vicky Voyager by Sonia Mehta

Sleepytime Tales with Vicky Voyager
Sleepytime Tales with Vicky Voyager || Sonia Mehta

The Series: It’s bedtime! Time to settle down, get cosy and read some stories-with magical moments, oodles of entertainment and a little bit of learning. Meet some happy characters who love to know about . . . well, everything! Join them as they explore the world and discover fun things along the way.

The Book: Vicky Voyager is a history buff and time-traveller, who has invented a top-secret time machine. With his best friends Lucky and Lulu, Vicky visits different historical eras in this trusty machine. The trio gets to meet Cleopatra, Alexander and other famous historical figures while having some rollicking adventures together!

Sleepytime Tales with Eppy Explorer by Sonia Mehta

Sleepytime Tales with Eppy Explorer
Sleepytime Tales with Eppy Explorer

Eppy Explorer is an intrepid world traveller, who loves to visit new countries and learn more about people and places. With her pet ginger cat, Tango, she goes on hair-raising adventures across the fjords of Norway, the savanna of Africa, the volcanoes of Japan and even the Jordanian desert. Eppy meets some interesting new friends while learning about fascinating geographical phenomena!

Truck Call for Ajju by Anjana Nagabhushana

Truck Call for Ajju
Truck Call for Ajju || Anjana Nagabhushana

Hello! Can you hear me?

Between working out countable and uncountable nouns with his best friend Karthik, learning to be a budding guitarist with his music teacher Miss Alva, completing his homework, and getting into trouble with his parents for building sugar-cube igloos with his Kini Maasi, Ajju was living the life of a normal eight-year-old.
And it was all going great until a baby elephant walked into his life. Molly was an eight-month-old elephant in distant Zimbabwe. What could the connection between them possibly be?

All-time Favourite Nature Stories by Ruskin Bond

All-time Favourite Nature Stories
All-time Favourite Nature Stories || Ruskin Bond

‘I am lucky to be up here on this mountain, where the wind still hums in the deodars, the horse chestnuts fall in the autumn and the flycatchers flit among the ancient oaks.’

All-time Favourite Nature Stories is a collection of twenty-five soulful and timeless tales about nature, featuring endearing characters and stunning illustrations.

From ‘The Cherry Tree’ to ‘Grandfather’s Feathered Foes’, each story is replete with a different sensorial experience-rustling leaf, still forests, burbling streams, chirping birds, picturesque landscapes and so much more!

Curated by Ruskin Bond, this book celebrates the magnificence of nature and his deep, abiding love for it.

The World of Butterfingers: Adventure in Texas and Other Stories by Khyrunnisa A.

The World of Butterfingers: Adventure in Texas and Other Stories
The World of Butterfingers: Adventure in Texas and Other Stories || Khyrunnisa A.

Chaotic Butterfingers, aka Amar Kishen, and his misadventures return in this collection of 3-in-1 comics. From travelling to Texas to solving a shoe mystery to getting into trouble and then saving the day–Butterfingers does it all!

Brand new baby shoes in a pile of garbage invite Amar and his friends to unravel the mystery of the missing baby.
A trip to Texas and Amar’s clumsiness take a rather unexpected turn to dizzying new heights!
Disaster strikes when Amar is tasked to run a marathon with his school principal leaving everyone with a case of giggles.

So, drop everything and jump into this book . . . because where there’s Butterfingers, there’s bound to be fun, thrills and, of course, spills.

The Library of hOles (New Box Set with 33 hOle Books!)

The Library of hOles
The Library of hOles

Thousands of Indian kids have jumped into reading with a Duckbill hOle book!
Get all 33 books in the series in this unique Library of hOles, and make your child fall in love with books and stories. Recognizable by the hOle at the top corner of each book, these chapter books are for kids learning to read independently. They are full of fun stories, gorgeous illustrations and hOles!

Six 10s: Sixty Indian Stories You May Not Have Heard Before

Six 10s: Sixty Indian Stories You May Not Have Heard Before
Six 10s: Sixty Indian Stories You May Not Have Heard Before

There are so many things about India we learn and so many fascinating things that are left to find out. This set deals with six such subjects-ranging from history, environment and art to people who have transformed lives in many ways. Sixty such enthralling and incredible stories are contained in this box that is sure to delight and spark the curiosity of young readers.

Read the books to find out about

  • Monarchs whose amazing stories you may not know
  • Animals that you may never again see in the wild
  • Heroes who help people live with dignity
  • Champions who are fighting to save the planet
  • Art mysteries that have never been solved
  • Women who were the first to do what they did

The Adventures of Feluda (Special Birthday Edition; Collector’s Edition Box Set) by Satyajit Ray

The Adventures of Feluda
The Adventures of Feluda || Satyajit Ray

Dive into twelve timeless classic whodunnits by iconic storyteller Satyajit Ray, featuring the legendary detective, Feluda. Join the private investigator as he plunges into seemingly impossible and strange cases accompanied by his sharp and curious nephew, Topse, and the comically anxious novelist, Jatayu.

1. THE EMPEROR’S RING: Feluda is on holiday in Lucknow when a priceless Mughal ring is stolen.

2. THE ROYAL BENGAL MYSTERY: A bloodthirsty tiger is suspiciously killing off people related to an ancestral treasure.

3. THE HOUSE OF DEATH: The search for a scroll leads Feluda to a motley crew of characters, among whom lurks a dangerous killer.

4. TROUBLE IN GANGTOK: In the picturesque city of Gangtok, a businessman is murdered, and the list of suspects is long.

5. THE MYSTERY OF THE ELEPHANT GOD: In Varanasi, the theft of a valuable statuette of Ganesha leads Feluda to unmask a fake sadhu.

6. THE GOLDEN FORTRESS: Feluda sets out in search of a missing boy claiming to remember his previous life.

7. THE CURSE OF THE GODDESS: A stamp collection vanishes; some coded diaries are uncovered and the head of a family in Hazaribagh lies dead.

8. THE BANDITS OF BOMBAY: Soon after Jatayu hands over a package to a man in a red shirt, someone is murdered.

9. THE SECRET OF THE CEMETERY: Feluda chances upon an old grave that has been dug up at the Park Street cemetery.

10. A KILLER IN KAILASH: Feluda, Topse, and Jatayu try to prevent the smuggling of priceless sculptures out of India.

11. THE CRIMINALS IN KATHMANDU: A murder in Calcutta sets Feluda on a trail that leads him all the way to Kathmandu and the doorstep of his arch-nemesis, Maganlal Meghraj.

12. THE INCIDENT ON THE KALKA MAIL: When a man’s blue briefcase gets accidentally switched with someone else’s during a train ride, he enlists Feluda’s help to recover it.

 

Dum Dum to the Rescue and Yet More Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 3)

Dum Dum to the Rescue and Yet More Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 3)
Dum Dum to the Rescue and Yet More Adventures of Little Shambu (Book 3)

What would you say of a boy who gets into trouble over and over again?

That’s what Little Shambu does with his dog, the loyal Dum Dum, in tow. But as his best friend, Shanti, would tell you, it always leads him into exciting adventures involving homely chickens and a crafty fox, mischievous mice, moustached men and confusing encounters with aliens.

Escape into the fantastic world of Little Shambu with these brand-new adventures of the beloved character from TINKLE.

Storytime for your penguinster!

As the air fills with the sweet scent of flowers, gift your young penguinster these books to enhance the magical experience of spring. 

 

How Not to Get Wet in the Rain by Sunanda Kulkarni

Do you know how to stay dry when it rains? or how to make jewels out of brass? Or just distribute the five oranges evenly among the seven kids? There are solutions to all of these issues and more in this treasure trove of Indian folktales. A kingdom made up of wild animals, a peculiar mouse-girl, a fool who thinks gold coins are trash, a king who can’t stop coughing, a mystery man who pulls the emperor’s beard, and many other such odd and incredible characters are among those we encounter.

These simple parables of advice demonstrate how, with a little common sense and polite wit, any issue—no matter how strange or insurmountable—can be resolved.

 

Grabber by Jehan Zachary and Nirmal Pulickal

Grabber
Grabber || Jehan Zachary and Nirmal Pulickal

An urban tale claims that the Black Taj Mahal, a grand tomb that was once as stunning and magnificent as its white twin, is buried in the sands of time. However, it concealed a sinister truth: the White Taj was constructed using 64 severed hands.

A queen from the former Mughal courts becomes friends with 12-year-old Nuru during the British period, hundreds of years later. Mumtaz makes random appearances and disappearances while issuing a prophetic warning. the resurgence of the pisacha, a macabre marriage of the 64 severed hands that constructed the White Taj Mahal.

Everyone’s demise is near, and the only way to stop this evil is to locate the legendary Black Taj Mahal.

 

Terminal 3 by Debasmita Dasgupta

Terminal 3: A Graphic Novel set in Kashmir
Terminal 3 || Debasmita Dasgupta

Khwab has persevered despite experiencing joy and emptiness, desire and grief, penance and serenity. She imagines that one day, existence will be a paradise. The tale of the common people attempting to live out their dreams in the Valley is told in Terminal 3: Breathing Against the Background of Conflict.

 

10 Indian Tribes and the Unique Lives They Lead by Nidhi Dugar Kundalia

10 Indian Tribes and the Unique Lives They Lead (The 10s Series)
10 Indian Tribes and the Unique Lives They Lead || Nidhi Dugar Kundalia

In this book, ten Indian tribes are described who have lived very distinct lives from the rest of India, sometimes even in the same physical locations. Rarely have their origins been communicated. Nidhi Dugar Kundalia explores the everyday routines, traditions, and difficulties of some of the numerous tribes that coexist in our nation. She also traces their historical development.

 

Puffin Lives: 10 Unforgettable Indians and their Remarkable Stories (Boxset)

Puffin Lives: 10 Unforgettable Indians and their Remarkable Stories (Boxset)
Puffin Lives: 10 Unforgettable Indians and their Remarkable Stories (Boxset)

The Puffin Lives series examines the professional and personal journeys of well-known Indians from a variety of disciplines. These biographies, written by authors like Sreelata Menon, Subhadra Sen Gupta, Devika Rangachari, and others, reproduce the lives and legacies of famous people. This collection of fascinating tales about trailblazers like Mahatma Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, Guru Nanak, and Mother Teresa are laced with anecdotes, obscure facts, and trivia.

 

Each book is an engrossing account of icons whose lives continue to influence every generation, making this a wonderful gift box for your penguinster.

March must-reads for your Penguinster!

Are you in search of books that feel like a soft spring breeze for your penguinsters? We’ve got you covered! Here are our top picks for March. 

 

The Complete Vikram-Aditya Stories by Deepak Dalal

The Complete Vikram–Aditya Stories
The Complete Vikram-Aditya Stories || Deepak Dalal

 

India’s response to the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and Famous Five mystery books is the Complete Vikram-Aditya Stories boxset. This collector’s edition boxset includes all eight novels. The dynamic pair of Vikram and Aditya, along with their ragtag crew of friends, set out on exciting adventures where they come face to face with frightened wild animals, isolated indigenous tribes, and a number of other dangerous situations.

 

Terminal 3 by Debasmita Dasgupta

Terminal 3: A Graphic Novel set in Kashmir
Terminal 3 || Debasmita Dasgupta

 

Khwab Nazir is ready to board the plane at Terminal 3 of the New Delhi International Airport in August 2019. Khwab is anxiously anticipating her upcoming international jiu-jitsu competition as the representative of India. She also thinks back on her tumultuous past, growing up in Kashmir amid overwhelming challenges. 

 

Hanuman: Read and Colour by Devdutt Patnaik

Hanuman: Anjani’s Mighty Son (Read and Colour)
Hanuman: Read and Colour || Devdutt Patnaik

 

Hanuman’s tale, a beloved Hindu deity, is told to a new audience of readers by Devdutt Pattanaik. To introduce young readers to the virtues of bravery, selflessness, loyalty, and humility that Hanuman exemplified, Hanuman, Anjani’s Mighty Son is the ideal read-aloud. Young readers will particularly enjoy this unique, interactive format for bedtime reading.

 

Sleepytime Tales with Coco Comma by Sonia Mehta

Sleepytime Tales with Coco Comma
Sleepytime Tales with Coco Comma || Sonia Mehta

 

Coco Comma is an English language ace. Everyone finds her interruptions and English corrections to be irksome. She frequently bumps into things, bumps into people, and walks into furniture while having her nose buried deep in a novel. Coco makes absurd rhymes, uses hilarious idioms, alliterates impossible sentences, and even comes across a magical alphabet tree with her best friend Sunny.

 

Cyrus the Whyrus by Lavanya Karthik

Cyrus the Whyrus (Hook Books)
Cyrus the Whyrus || Lavanya Karthik

 

Cyrus has a lot of Whys! They graze like animals and buzz like bees. Everyone is going wild over them!

The whys need to end. Yet how?

 

Wet Paint by Asha Nehemiah

Wet Paint (Hook Books): Funny illustrated story set in the Nilgiris | Perfect for 5+ years
Wet Paint || Asha Nehemiah

 

When a disaster hits, Aman is supposed to paint a mural on the new hospital. Can he and the mason’s daughter Paru turn the tide? Will the community’s ideal mural be realized? It is a humorous tale that highlights the significance of diversity and inclusion in healthcare.

 

Tale of the Naughty Flying Mountain by Anand Neelakantan

The Tale of the Naughty Flying Mountains (A Puffin Chapter Book)
Tale of the Naughty Flying Mountain || Anand Neelakantan

 

Although it may seem absurd, it is real! Under his imposing snowy cloak, Himavan, the ruler of the mountains, did indeed have magnificent wings. But because of Narada, the troublemaker, pandemonium broke out, and things only got worse from there! 

With his humorous series, the best-selling author of mythology joins the field of children’s chapter books, and you’ll be laughing so hard you’ll fall down the hill.

 

The Library of hOles 

The Library of hOles (New Box Set with 33 hOle Books!) Buy 30, Get 3 free!
The Library of hOles

 

Through the use of a Duckbill hOle book, thousands of Indian children have begun reading.

Get all 33 books in this special Library of hOles and instill a passion of reading in your children. These chapter books are for children who are beginning to read independently and are easily identified by the hOle at the top corner of each book. They are stuffed with amusing tales, lovely artwork, and hOles!

 

Fascinating February 2023 Reads for Your Penguinster! ?

Cuddled up with your kid and looking for the perfect bedtime story? Penguin’s got you covered. Here are our February recommendations to make your kids warm up to reading. 

My First Ruskin Bond Collection by Ruskin Bond

My First Ruskin Bond Collection: A Set of 10 Chapter Books
My First Ruskin Bond Collection || Ruskin Bond

A carefully picked collection of ten concise, endearingly illustrated stories from India’s favourite storyteller, each book provides a wonderful introduction to the world of Ruskin Bond through fascinating characters and stories that are delightfully crafted in his particular way. This boxset of heartwarming, humorous, and vibrant books makes the ideal present for independent and beginning readers.

10 Unforgettable Indians and their Remarkable Stories 

Puffin Lives: 10 Unforgettable Indians and their Remarkable Stories (Boxset)
10 Unforgettable Indians and their Remarkable Stories

These biographies, written by authors like Sreelata Menon, Subhadra Sen Gupta, Devika Rangachari, and others, reconstruct the lives and legacies of famous people. This compilation of fascinating stories about trailblazers like Mahatma Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, Guru Nanak, and Mother Teresa are laced with anecdotes, obscure facts, and trivia. Each book is an engrossing tale of icons whose lives continue to inspire every generation, making this a wonderful gift package for young readers.

My Little Book of Gods and Goddesses Boxset 

My Little Book of Gods and Goddesses Boxset
My Little Book of Gods and Goddesses

This collection of six endearingly designed board books features stories about some of the most well-known and adored Hindu deities, including Krishna, Ganesha, Lakshmi, Hanuman, Shiva, and Durga. These books provide a special and pleasant introduction to classic myths for contemporary kids. They include fascinating facts about each god as well as a seek-and-find exercise.

Hanuman: Anjani’s Mighty Son (Read and Colour) by Devdutt Patnaik

Hanuman: Anjani’s Mighty Son (Read and Colour)
Hanuman: Anjani’s Mighty Son || Devdutt Patnaik

A new generation of readers is introduced to the tale of Hanuman, a beloved Hindu god, by Devdutt Pattanaik. The read-aloud version of Hanuman, Anjani’s Mighty Son is ideal for introducing young readers to the courage, selflessness, loyalty, and humility that Hanuman possessed. Young readers will love this distinctive, interactive style, especially for nighttime reading.

Terminal 3 by Debasmita Dasgupta

Terminal 3: A Graphic Novel set in Kashmir
Terminal 3 || Debasmita Dasgupta

Khwab has persevered through bliss and emptiness, desire and loss, penance and serenity. She has a dream about the day when life will be a paradise. The story of the common people in the Valley attempting to live their dreams is told in Terminal 3’s breathing against the setting of violence.

Taatung Tatung and Other Amazing Stories of India’s Diverse Languages by Vaishali Shroff

Taatung Tatung and Other Amazing Stories of India’s Diverse Languages
Taatung Tatung || Vaishali Shroff

Khwab has persevered through bliss and emptiness, desire and loss, penance and serenity. She has a dream about the day when life will be a paradise. The story of the common people in the Valley attempting to live their dreams is told in Terminal 3’s breathing against the setting of violence.

Dakshin by Nitin Kushalappa MP

Dakshin: South Indian Myths and Fables Retold
Dakshin || Nitin Kushalappa MP

Explore this collection of fifteen colourful myths, fables, and folktales from vivacious southern India. Discover the alluring fairies, elves, gods, and goddesses along the route as you journey from the banks of the Kaveri to the coasts of the Indian Ocean, from the depths of enigmatic jungles to the towering Nilgiris, from the opulent palaces of kings to tranquil villages in Coorg. Chuckle at a miser’s humorous actions. Cry at the foolish misfortunes. Be in awe of the weak’s bravery in the face of the powerful. Come and enjoy these wonderful folktales!

Munni Monster by Madhurima Vidyarthi

Munni Monster
Munni Monster || Madhurima Vidyarthi

When Munni, a relative of her grandmother’s who has cerebral palsy, moves in with them, Mishti’s life is drastically altered. Her only thought is to somehow get her to leave. But as time goes on, Munni develops oddly appealing tendencies, and when things reach a crisis point, Mishti isn’t so sure Munni is the monster she initially believed she was. A humorously moving tale about a young boy, 10, who must deal with unexpected and challenging changes, a disability, and, most importantly, love.

The Complete Vikram–Aditya Stories by Deepak Dalal

The Complete Vikram–Aditya Stories
The Complete Vikram–Aditya Stories || Deepak Dalal

India’s response to the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and Famous Five mystery novels is the Complete Vikram-Aditya Stories boxset. This collector’s edition boxset includes all eight volumes for the first time ever. The dynamic duo of Vikram and Aditya, together with their ragtag crew of companions, set off on exciting excursions where they come face to face with frightened wild creatures, secluded indigenous communities, and a number of other frightening situations.

 

Chitti’s Travelling Book Box by Kavitha Punniyamurthi

Chitti’s Travelling Book Box
Chitti’s Travelling Book Box || Kavitha Punniyamurthi

Chitti enjoys reading. But her town doesn’t have enough books, and some of her friends believe they’re boring! Can Chitti convince them to reconsider?

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