It seemed the right time to move into interior India. So Bookaroo takes a detour from the towns and cities to go to Bali in rural Rajasthan. The destination? The Fabindia School that lies just off the main road of Bali, three hours from Udaipur.
Set up 26 years ago by John and William Bissell with 11 students, The Fabindia School, today, has over 500 boys and girls enrolled. Students come from various villages across a 30 kilometre radius. It is set in picturesque surroundings with its very own forest that was planted by the school.
Bookaroo will visit the School on August 11 with 14 authors, illustrators and storytellers. And we hope the children are going to have fun.
Avanti Devasthale loves reading and writing, talking and having fun with children, but most of all she loves to laugh and make others laugh! She brings you closer to Switzerland with her translation of “Heidi”, originally written by Swiss author Johanna Spyri.
Canato Jimo comes from Nagaland. He loves singing, travelling and, as part of his day job as an Art Director, watching picture books come to life.
Champa Saha is a teacher, special educator and counsellor who has been reading, listening to and telling stories ever since she can remember.
Kapil Pandey discovered his passion for storytelling at the grand old age of 30 when he met the Gruffalo in the deep dark wood. When not telling stories, he runs marathons and sometimes goes to work.
Kavita Singh Kal...
Being a part of new cultures, meeting new people and learning about them and translating it into visual stories is what interests Kavita Singh Kale, the co-founder of Underground Worm Art & Design Studio.
Naresh Ramamurthy carries a large black bag everywhere he goes. Some say that it contains strange artefacts, broken phrases and forgotten songs. He sleeps while he moves. He trades his stories for bread and soup.
A spoken word performer, independent media analyst, curator and a performance consultant by profession, Parnab Mukherjee is one of the leading alternative theatre nomads of the sub-continent.
Picture book enthusiast, author and publisher Richa Jha believes she has the best hobby-cum-profession in this world. She loves travelling and ‘planning’ her impromptu trips.
Savio Mascarenhas’ is the creative mind behind Super Suppandi, the super avatar of Suppandi. He is also the artist for Little Shambu, based on the childhood adventures of Shikari Shambu.
Seema Wahi Mukhe...
When you see a faraway look and a twinkle in her eyes, you can be sure that Seema Wahi Mukherjee is cooking a story. Adding to the fun are the surprise props that she pulls out.
Sharmila Sinha’s newest initiative is Luchee, which is all about giving people rare and authentic food experiences. She is also a storyteller, author and wanderer, who organises tours to the ‘not-so-seen’ India.
Sumi Chandrasekharan grew up spending her summer holidays with her cousins listening to their grandmother’s stories. She told some of those stories to her two children and has now adapted her favourite one, Kozhukatta, into a book.
Swagata Sen Pill...
Swagata Sen Pillai enjoys being surrounded by children, dancing and eating tasty food -especially ice-cream. She also writes poetry and loves to sing out loud whilst driving.
Vandana Bist’s brain is wired with lines – thick and thin, long and short, curved and straight. She grabs these lines and the colours splashing all around her, to make pictures for young and old.