Anu Kumar, Author, talks to Anupama Krishnakumar on what it means to be a children’s author, including what fascinates her about writing for children, what’s the sort of research that goes into her books, who her favourite children’s authors are and what’s her favourite from her own body of work. Plus there is a beautiful reading list that she recommends for children too.
SOCIAL LENS | Therapy for child sexual abuse survivors is an aspect often ignored when it comes to responding to abuse. Shreya Sen, with the Therapeutic Intervention team at Arpan, an organization that works to prevent child sexual abuse, talk about the various ways therapy can help heal.
A mother’s fashion accessories become a little girl’s source of fascination and temptation. Fashionista is the fashion (mis)adventure of that child. Shloka Shankar captures it in a poem.
Big-eyed, looking ahead or focused… children are just curious! Maheswaran Sathiamoorthy captures the curiosity through his lens.
A wristwatch from childhood, bought under rather strange circumstances, continues to hold a special place, even though many costlier and flashier watches make their way into the narrator’s life. M. Mohankumar’s poem is a tribute to that wristwatch.
A girl of nine joins a Boarding school, and enters a whole new world, something so different from the sheltered life she lived. Vinita Agrawal recounts her experiences of childhood.
A ruler catches a little girl’s eye. Now how can she get her hands on one? Vani Viswanathan tells a story of longing, tantrums and a child’s relationship with her parents.
A visit to her childhood home brings back memories of innocence, fun and carefree days. Latha Sakhya pens a poem on the journey down memory lane.
The bond that a child shares with her mother is characterized by assurance – the child’s instinctive belief that there could be no safer place in this world that a mother’s arms, writes M. Mohankumar in his poem.
There are odes written to childhood, but hardly anything for parenthood. Parth Pandya talks about why it can seem so hard, but why, at the end of the day, you might just turn out okay.
A father writes a letter to his son, telling him things and expressing feelings he never has before. Soorej P writes.
During childhood, summertime is all about dreams – of varied kinds. Dreams without fears. Can’t summertime dreams last an entire lifetime? Debleena Majumdar raises a desperate question in her poem.
THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE Aboard a ship at anchor, an Egyptian folk magician keeps an audience enthralled. Chandrashekhar Sastry gives us the experience through his magical words.