Monday, March 1, 2010

Rewind. Recap.

A quick recap...

Some of you may remember how Twitter and friends helped us get books to Kolkata.Now here's a thought - we are all a community - one that cares deeply about children, education, reading and more. So can we, as a community, help 'Boi Gari' (book van)?

Another story we are extremely proud to share with our readers is the story of Radio Mirchi and Pratham Books joining hands to bring audio books for blind children.

Our blog hosted several guest bloggers in the month of February. We welcomed Shweta Ganesh Kumar and Rati Ramadas to our blog team. Shweta wrote about her love for books and wondered if e-books would match up to them (Read a well articulated comment to the post by Tapas). Shweta also introduced us to Dolly (the dog) who is trying to get her work published (Read the posts here and here). Rati kicked off her blog session with a post on books vs television and followed it up with a post on education and aspiration. Guest bloggers Naga Chokkanathan and Choxbox also pitched in to blog on International Mother Language Day.

Thulir, a Tamil publication, reviewed one of our titles - Cauvery in their February 2010 issue and My Toy Story blog reviewed the book 'Sister Sister, Why is the sky so blue?'. Read about our 'Yakkity Yak' session which was part of Hoo's Tales.

While people debate about teaching children in English or in their mother tongue, this article talks about teaching children to be multilingual with the right pedagogy. 21st February was International Mother Language Day and we had a series of posts related to this day. Click on the following titles to read the entire post : போதை , श्यामची आई-आनंदाचा ठेवा., Hindi Aur Hum , कुछ आपबीती कुछ जगबीती.

A 337 year old book on India and Persia by British cartographer John Ogilvie is going to be reprinted by the authorities of the Asiatic Society. Launched at the recently concluded World Book Fair in the capital, “thisbookreader” allows readers to rent an e-book for a specific time and price set by publishers. With books moving to other platforms, deckle-edge books have a certain charm in this electronic age. Out of Print shirts feature iconic and often out of print book covers. Veena Venugopal writes about her online book shopping experiences in India. Chintan Girish Modi writes about a lovely library he visited on his trip to Bangalore.
Penguin has launched the 'Metro Reads' series : novels for the people on the move with busy lifestyles and shortage of time and like to read but don't have the patience to carry around heavy tomes. Check the schedule of the Lit-sutra writer tours to make sure you don't miss it when they come to your city.

We have previously written about Inclusive Planet that has launched (formerly, an online platform that enables print-impaired people to connect and share accessible content as well as build conversations and communities around the shared content. Learn about their journey, the set of challenges they are faced with and how you can help.

March 22 is celebrated as World Water Day. India Water Portal is organizing a contest called the 'Lost Lakes of Bangalore' contest. The ‘Sunfeast World10K 2010’ run is to be held on 16 May 2010 in Bangalore.

Our friends at Akshara Foundation are looking for a Fund Raising Manager. Apply for the Indicorps fellowship and help make the Kitab Ghar in Chandigarh a popular hub for the community.

Aren't these Dr Seuss related cakes just too cute?

We leave you with this adorable 'bookworm illustration' done by Tanvi Choudhury and this inspiring video 'The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us'.

Image Source : amyelyse

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