Rabani Garg: The Best Indian Children’s Book of the Year

We asked some people who we know read a lot of Indian children’s and YA books to tell us about one (or more) really impressive book they read this year. We will be posting their replies over the rest of the month.

Rabani Garg runs the Reading Caterpillar library in Delhi and is one of the editors of Thinkling magazine.


Bambi, Chops and Wag by Ranjit Lal (Lotus)*

Do you love dogs? Have you ever shared house with one? Or Have parents who are dead set against getting a dog home!! Oh you do need some tricks up your sleeve and Ranjit Lal has just what you need! From convincing his parents to get a dog home, and then going on to keep three dogs, Ranjit shares his dogs memoirs in this humorous book and all the things the family does wrong – feeding tidbits from the table, playing with chappals and making their first dog Bambi sleep on the sofa!! And all the things they learn – each dog is his own person! And the same rules do not apply to all. I read this book earlier this year and it rekindled fond memories of all my dogs. With each new dog, we decided to not repeat the mistakes that we made with the previous one but each and every time we made new mistakes (or so thought the parents!!)

And does Wanting Mor qualify?** I really enjoyed it?

*Bambi, Chops and Wag is a 2013 title, but we decided it was okay.
** Wanting Mor alas does not qualify, as it is not first published in India.

–The Stern Blog-masters


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