A Chil­dren’s Day dou­ble book bonanza

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ON THE F&B RADAR

It’s rain­ing ti­tles for In­dia’s kids. In a dou­ble bonanza, two In­dian pub­lish­ers used Chil­dren’s Day to an­nounce the launch of their chil­dren’s im­prints. Talk­ing Cub (Speak­ing Tiger) and HarperCollins Chil­dren’s Books are ready with a bou­quet of im­pres­sive au­thor list. All-time favourites Ruskin Bond, Jerry Pinto and Ran­jit Lal fea­ture in Talk­ing Cub’s in­au­gu­ral line-up with oth­ers in­clud­ing Paro Anand and Arunava Sinha to fol­low, while Shashi War­rier, Gulzar and Bond will be seen in ti­tles by the HarperCollins’ im­print. They will also be launch­ing FLAP, a box se­ries for age group four-12 years, which will be avail­able from Novem­ber-end. The boxes range from early learn­ing sets that teach ba­sic con­cepts such as the al­pha­bet, num­bers, colours and shapes. We hope this acts as in­spi­ra­tion for other pub­lish­ers to fol­low suit. Let the bachcha (read­ing) party con­tinue!

You only get to see it here — Aamir Khan in his Thugs of Hin­dostan get-up, with di­rec­tor Kr­ishna Acharya at Film City, Gore­gaon last evening.

Ruskin Bond

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