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Reading India

07:00 am | Thursday, 02 July 2015

Dystopian fiction, it's what my son has been reading for the past couple of years. And although there have been other genres, they have been few and far in between. These days it is all about trilogies - set in the future, battling imagined sci-fi situations with the end of the world a very real possibility. Rick Riordan, Eoin Colfer, Scott Orson Card and many others have his hundred percent attention with his nose buried in their thick (300-400 pages on average) tomes. While I'm delighted with this particular obsession, I also wish that he would read more Indian writing. Firstly because it is important to connect with one's own ancient and contemporary culture, and secondly because there is so much good writing happening in our country. So I did a little googling and made a reading list that I could share with other parents like you.

The Puffin History of India for Children 3000 BC to AD 1947 by Roshen Dalal; 14+
Dancing Round the Maypole: Growing Out of British India by Rani Sircar;14+ 
Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur; 14+
An Epic Unwritten by Muhammad Umar Memon; 14+
The Wheel of Surya by Jamila Gavin; 14+
 Wicked Women of the Raj by Coralie Younge; 14+
Samhita Arni’s “The Mahabharata – A child’s view”; 9+
Barefoot Husain by Anjali Raghbeer; 9+
All About Nothing by Nina Sabnani; 5+
Mayil Will Not Be Quiet by Niveditha Subramaniam and Sowmya Rajendran; 10 +
Malgudi Days by R K Narayan for all ages
Tales of Historic Delhi by Premola Ghose for all ages
We, The Children Of India by former Chief Justice Leila Seth; 10-13
Why Are You Afraid To Hold My Hand? By Sheila Dhir; 5+
The Aditi and Her Friends series by Suniti Namjoshi; 7+
Girls of India series by Sunila Gupte, Anu Kumar and Subhadra Sen Gupta; 12+


There are many more wonderful titles out there to explore. So while our children are global citizens, it is important for them to understand their roots and appreciate the spectrum of its rich diversity.

Supriya Kutty