I am thankful to the blogospere for a lot of things, but I’m most thankful for the amazingly talented friends that I have made. One such very creative mind is a dear friend Arthi Anand Navaneeth. When I found out about the release of her second book, Ranganna, I was delighted and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. It gives me immense pleasure and joy to be reviewing it on the blog today..
PICTURES Kavita Singh Kale
I love the simplicity of the story and the subtle references to ranganna’s roots. Notice his name? Rang (colour) anna ( a play on his kannadiga roots) The illustrations are absolutely A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E . Kudos to Kavita Singh Kale for really bringing the character to life. The story is easy enough for a 4 year old to read on his own. What makes this simple story such a hit is that each one of us can relate to the joy of simple things. I for one get absolutely delighted when I see a flower bloom or with the aroma of freshly baked bread. I would definitely do a Happy Elephant dance in my head too.
Lil p loved the illustrations & was delighted to read the names of her friends. Wow! mamma, Aditi and Anush are sooooo lucky!, She piped.
She started making up her own stories with Ranganna, A & A.. Imagining them going on many many adventures in the future and painting their town red, blue & purple ..
If you’d like a copy of this delightful book – You can order it from Tulika Publications. The book is available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali.
If you would like to hear Arthi read out the book in person, You should visit
When: Saturday, 28 September, 2 pm
Where: Bangalore Literature Festival, Crowne Plaza at Velankani Park, Electronics CityMail [email protected] for details