Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Monday Moods: For the Love of Yellow!

My daily journal full of kooky cats and of course a pastel dreamy shade of yellow! 


For some reason, rather unknown to me, I've decided that my colour for 2018 is yellow. It has always been a colour that I find myself being drawn to. Bright, bold and happy. How can yellow with it's cheery vibes not make you happy? 
And since being slightly obsessed with yellow I find myself being flooded with yellow.

Pom-Poms on my bag.
The tote is from iTokri and the pom-poms are from another bag of mine. 

Yellow with red applique and mirror work.
Kurta from Okhai.
Buddhist inscription pendant from Darjeeling.

A yellow Llama and a yellow tassel on a pouch.

Fields of mustard.

My calendar for 2018 from Bhuli Arts. 

My current read!

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Book Haul + Review: Karadi Tales- Fly Little Fish + One Dark Cloud.

The folks at Karadi Tales, a children's publishing house based in Chennai sent me these books in the mail to read and review. 

My first imprecision was being completely blown away by the art in these pages! 
Every single page in these books is beautiful. 
Art and illustration and colour. 
These books are a serious visual treat. 

I read both these books the very day I got them! 
In one sitting, one after the other. 
It made me so happy. I can only imagine how much kids will love it! 

Plot SummaryWhat Little Fish wants to do more than anything else in the world is fly. Not discouraged by those around her, she flaps her tiny fins and practises jumping. But can Little Fish ever expect to take flight?
Age Group: 4 – 6 
Author: Lavanya Karthik 
Illustrator: Satwik Gade, Ashwathy P.S. 
Pages: 36
Read On: Hardcover
Review: This was such a delightful book with a good message- one of believing in yourself and trying hard to achieve your dreams. A message deeply important to children and grown-ups too. The art was simply stunning. The use of colour and illustration makes it a complete visual treat. Seriously, every single page was a work of art. I wanted to stare at the images and possibly frame them! 
This is a great book for the little people in your lives. Great to read it to them and flip through with them or even for a kid to read on their own. 
I loved this book so much. It's perfect for those of you who want to buy and read books to your children/nephews/nieces with a decided Indian touch. 
Rating: 5/5 

Book: One Dark Cloud 
Plot Summary : Author Shobha Viswanath brings you a book that introduces children to numbers using memorable elements from the Indian monsoon.Brilliant paper collage illustrations by artists Ashwathy P.S. and Anusha Sundar bring to life this simple counting book for a rainy day.
Age Group: 2 and up 
Author: Shobha Viswanath   
Illustrator: Ashwathy P.S. , Anusha Sundar  
No.of pages: 32  
Read On: Paperback
Review: A counting book that uses all the elements of a rainy day! How utterly charming! Each page has a different element of a rainy day- raincoats, umbrellas, clouds and even samosas! Ah! You can almost smell the rain. A perfect book for a rainy day with a toddler. The art in this book is a great mix between photography and illustration. Once again a great book full of desi things. I mean if this doesn't making counting fun I don't know what will?! 
Rating: 5/5 

Both these picture books were so much fun and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for high quality Indian picture books! 
Thank-you Karadi Tales for sending these my way. 

Friday, 16 February 2018

Book Review: Prankenstein Edited by Jerry Pinto and Ruskin Bond.

Book: Prankenstein 

The gorgeous illusions in the book were delightful! 

Book: Prankenstein

Edited By: Ruskin Bond and Jerry Pinto

Illustrations: Lavanya Naidu

Pages: 121

Publisher: Talking Cub

Read On: Hardback Edition

How Long it Took Me To Read: 3 hours

Plot Summary: Is your school a hotspot for jokes? Do your family members regularly fall victim to pranks? Do ghosts and spooks get you into trouble? Find every kind of funny, crazy, impossible mischief in this book. Here you will find the girl who turned into a sloth just for her mother, the horse who went to the library and ate up some classics, the substitute teacher who saw dead people, the play where everything that could go wrong did go wrong, and many more amazing tales of pranks and troublemaking!
Selected by Ruskin Bond and Jerry Pinto, these stories have been written by some of the best children’s writers of the country, including Sukumar Ray, R.K. Narayan, Ranjit Lal, Subhadra Sen Gupta, Paro Anand, Bulbul Sharma and many more. As an added bonus, watch out for brand new stories by Ruskin Bond and Jerry Pinto, too. Prankenstein is a delicious treasure trove of trouble and will have every mischief-maker plotting that perfect prank!

General Thoughts: This book was sent to me by the publishers but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Things I Liked: 

1. An anthology dedicated to mischief! What's not to love?! An ode to childhood and it's innocent pranks and mischief. A throw back to simpler times and nostalgia.

2. This collection of stories contains stories from various authors. Some I had read before- Ruskin Bond, Jerry Pinto, Sukumar Ray and R.K. Narayan and some that were entirely new to me. A good way to sample new works and new writers.

3. For the Ruskin Bond fans, worry not. Not only does he edit this compilation, there are also a couple of stories by him.

4. The book is sectioned off in portions, mischiefs in School, Relatives and even Ghosts! So you could go a section that appeals to you the most and jump between sections.

5. This is a children's book and it works wonderfully for younger readers, obviously. I think the best part is that it takes today's children to a time before technology and how kids in the past entertained themselves. I also think it brings the stories of their parent's childhood come alive. And maybe even give kids today an idea on how to manage some mischief of their very own! :)

6. Even though it's a book meant for kids, the book is thoroughly enjoyable for grown-ups as well. A mark of a very good children's book in my opinion. This book and it's stories will take you back to your childhood and maybe some shenanigans you and your friends got up to. It is hugely relatable.

7. The illustrations are lovely! In fact, one of the stories in told in graphic novel style, quite lovely.

8. I read this book on a day that was less than stellar and it just lifted my mood. It was so funny and soothing and I had the best time reading this book!

Rating: 4/5

A fun read for people of all ages!