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Sandhya Rao

A PAIR OF TWINS; WHIMSY; WHERE SHALL WE GO? WHAT WILL YOU GIVE ME?; INTERGALACTIC IDOL; FARMER FALGU GOES ON A TRIP
By Kavitha Mandana ; Annie Besant; Nandini Nayar; Samit Basu; Chitra Soundar
Karadi Tales, Chennai, 2014, pp. 28, pp. 28, pp. 28, pp. 32, pp. 28, Rs. 195.00, 195.00, 195.00, 395.00, 245.00

VOLUME XXXVIII NUMBER 11 November 2014

This is a mixed bag of picture books under review from Karadi Tales, although overall the rating goes up a notch. So, here they are, in random order. The cover of this tall format picture book, A Pair of Twins, is intriguing. The figure on the right is a girl, but the figure on the left… is it a boy, is it a…? It’s intriguing and strangely luscious. To find out more, you hurry to look inside. Even before you start reading the story, the pictures hook you in. At once joyful, and unrestrained, the warmth of the colours used by Nayantara are matched by the warmth of the expressions she manages to convey through her lines that are simple, yet convey a sense of detail. They’re not different or unique, but they invite you in. You plunge directly into the story, which starts with the birth of a girl called Sundari and an elephant called Lakshmi—at about the same time, and at the back of the palace where the elephant stables are. Sundari’s father is a mahout and so, naturally, she and Lakshmi practically grow up together, Sundari marking the milestones of a human being, and Lakshmi, those of an elephant. As they grow older and bigger—of course, in this department, Lakshmi is way ahead—they grow closer and closer. They’re practically twins. Sundari has an older brother called Vikram, and his father hopes he too will become a mahout one day. Of course, in a small twist in the tale, Vikram has other dreams, he wants to play in the palace band—this leads to a dramatic moment in the story. Lakshmi’s father Drona is famous in Mysore, every year he leads the Dussehra procession. But now he is ill and cannot take on this task anymore. Who will replace him? Lakshmi? But she is a cow elephant. Female elephants don’t lead mighty processions. Besides, who will ride her? Only Sundari knows her well enough to do that. And Sundari is a girl. She can’t lead. Women don’t do these things. They’re not allowed to. And so the gender question is raised very comfortably in this charming story. Of course there’s a resolution, and of course the twins star in the Dussehra procession, no mystery about that.  What’s noteworthy is that the royalty background is ...


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