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Grandma’s tales from India

Children’s content company Bookosmia has launched its first set of folk tales in Tamil on Kindle

- :: Akila Kannadasan

The core idea of Bengalurub­ased start-up Bookosmia, is to “make children fall in love with Indian stories”, as the founder Nidhi Mishra puts it. Started in 2017, the children’s content company puts out folk tales in various platforms, such as digital, physical, and audio. “Different formats appeal to different children,” says Nidhi, adding that they have over 270 Indian stories in their repository, of which they have released 10 on Kindle. Last week, the company launched two Tamil folk tales in the e-book format. Called Situ And The

Thieves and The Lazy Donkey, the stories have been written by journalist Ambika Behal, translated into Tamil by Chennai-based Bhargavi Swamynatha­n, illustrate­d by Santhosh Melwani. The first story is about a resourcefu­l middle class woman, while the latter talks about the consequenc­es of being lazy.

So far, Bookosmia has released folk tales in the digital format in English, Hindi, and Tamil, apart from two physical books, 10 audio books, and has also made a theatrical adaptation of its latest book Archana Mohan, co-founder and head of content, says thanks


to the format, children can read the books anywhere. “Since they are available on Kindle, parents can easily carry them anywhere they go,” adds Nidhi.

“We adopted a multi-format system because in this age of working parents and nuclear families, it is not possible for every child to grow up listening to stories by their grandmothe­r,” feels Archana. Bookosmia’s stories, curated by Ambika from places across India, such as Kashmir, Manipur, and West Bengal, will “look and feel Indian,” says Nidhi. “Readers will have a dissonance with books not speaking their vernacular,” she adds. “We want to create content that remind readers of home.”

Situ And The Thieves and The Lazy Donkey are available on Kindle for ₹49.

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■ SPECIAL ARRANGEMEN­T Keeping it local Bookosmia has content across platforms

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