Nyadosh the cow has a fierce gleam in her eyes and a furious appetite. She chomps on textbooks, feasts on frocks and devours anything blue in colour. But once this incredible cow gets onto the ilish fish trail, there’s just no stopping her…
This comical story of a common cow with uncommon taste is a tale to relish. Nyadosh’s extraordinary appetite unfolds through vivid photo collages, offset by light black-and-white doodles. Along with the almost unbelievable true-life story, they give readers a hilariously different depiction of what we usually think of a mild-mannered animal.
Mati pesters her grandmother and father for her own plot of land in the big field. When she does get it, she works hard. And then she hears that a company wants to make a coal mine in their village – the enormous black pit that will eat up all their lands, like it has in the next village. As always, Rinchin powers her questions through irresistible storytelling. The little girl’s anxiety about losing her land to “a monster machine” cuts close to the heart as it takes head-on an issue that is ravaging tribal Chhattisgarh, where this story is set, and every other place where there is ‘development’ at a cost. The earthy tones of the illustrations take us straight into the fields, white strong lines etch out the determination of two feisty females – Mati and her Ajji – who will not give in.
WHY do I have to sit separately in a corner of the classroom? WHY can’t I drink water from the tap like other children? WHY do the teachers never touch my books?
The ‘whys’ shout louder in little Bhim’s head as he grows up, trailed constantly by the monster of untouchability. They catapult him into a lifetime of struggle for equality. They shape the remarkable ideas that are the cornerstone of the Indian Constitution, which he drafted as India’s first Law Minister.
The Boy Who Asked Why follows the life of an extraordinary man. ‘Babasaheb’ Bhimrao Ambedkar, who engages the struggle against caste prejudice, His fiery speeches and writings urged Dalits to protest against the inhumanity they suffered, and continue to suffer. This straightforward telling, visualised with quirky imagination, brings to children a man whose story will raise their awareness of discrimination – leading them, perhaps, to ask their own whys.
When her friend’s cat, Kaapi, gets lost, Dip Dip goes off to look for it — on the road, inside dustbins, behind houses, under bushes, everywhere. And when Kaapi finally climbs up a tree and can’t come down, the only thing to do is…? Nancy’s exuberant illustrations delightfully capture the spirited little girl for whom being on a wheelchair stops her from nothing!