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I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Unfortunately it’s been quite chaotic lately and truth be told, I haven’t been very disciplined either.  After a pleasant chat with myself, we are resolved to be slightly more disciplined about posting, albeit at a more relaxed cadence.
Without further ado,  I’d like to introduce to you the remarkably talented Divya, from Sound Horn Please giving us an insight into various lovely books from India that capture ones imagination through gorgeous graphics and colors. Enjoy…

TS readers, I blog over at Sound Horn Please- a blog with a distinct Asian flavor. I blog on design, décor, feature South Asian artists and well throw in the odd nostalgia laced posts.
TS invited me to do a post on what’s hot and what’s new in the Indian children’s book industry. So here goes!
Tulika Books
With the average price of a book at $10, Tulika brings adorable titles like Snoring Shanmugam, Mallipoo, Where Are You? and My Brother Tootoo catering to all ages.
Some of the reasons I LOVE Tulika:
  1. For their Thumb Thumb series- At the end of every book children make their own thumbprint drawings and read out loud “I can read this book”. Awwwww!
  2. Their collection of bilingual books- Trying to teach your child a spattering of our native tongue from far, far away? You’ve found your answer!
  3. For their Under the Banyan series- A wonderful attempt to preserve folklore from different regions of India. Even the illustrations are adapted from the art forms of the region!
Tara Books
Tara Books has a much smaller repertoire of books unlike Tulika. However, it boasts a number of award winning titles and Tara’s handmade books (hand printed and bound) are a treasure that can be handed down generations.
The ‘To Watch Out For’ List:
  1. Do!- It introduces basic verbs to the young reader through a series of brilliantly drawn pictograms, rendered in the Warli art style.
  2. The spectacular 3D ABCD book. You can watch the youtube video here.

Kadam
My personal favourite- Kadam’s Potli range is a series of DIY craft/art kits for children in traditional Indian art forms from various regions. The exhaustive list includes, Madhubani from Bihar, Hand Block Printing from Rajasthan & Gujarat, Warli from Maharashtra, Santhal from Orissa, Gond Painting from Madhya Pradesh, Patua from Orissa, Phad painting from Rajasthan and Chittara from Karnataka.
That ain’t all folks- the kits come with a DVD of 5 animation films of various folk tales from India! You can buy them here and here.
When I found these, I wanted to buy them all for myself! Where else can one source natural colours as used by artists nowdays?
Tot Stylist thank you SO much for inviting me over. Very kicked!

Divya appreciate you taking the time and thank you so much for sharing this delightful collection. Look forward to hearing more from you!
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5 comments

1 GB { 03.25.11 at 2:54 pm }

What a fun site! Divs, thanks for introducing me to this one!

PS: I picked up the Rajasthani block printing set this India trip (and yes, it’s for ME!)

2 Rashmie @MommyLabs { 03.27.11 at 2:13 am }

I came here via Sound Horn Please and delighted to find these craft books by Kadam. Thanks for this wonderful feature :)

3 betsy { 03.29.11 at 1:07 pm }

I hope you are doing well! Just wanted to pop in and say hello!! I know you are probably super busy but you are missed.:)

4 Tot stylist { 04.01.11 at 8:02 pm }

Thank you Betsy… I miss being here too, am trying my best to do justice! Hopefully things will settle down soon! Good hearing from you!

5 Tot stylist { 04.01.11 at 8:03 pm }

@Rashmie and GB…Thanks for stopping by!

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