year old niece who has not taken a shine to the magical, fantasy style nor does her mother want to encourage her reading the High School Musical variety and so besides Enid Blyton’s mystery series and the classics there’s not much to choose from. I hoped to get her
some Indian authors who write for this age group as I personally enjoy Indian fiction. I find these books rich with imagery, emotions and good quality language.
For a child I hope these books will open up stories of the wonders available right here in our own country. To experience and in a way be exposed to how other cultures function that draw from our own realm of understanding. It’s just that the stories are set most often in different parts of the country and help expose us to facets of India and Indian-ness that we city breds don’t normally have access to.
Here’s a list of possibilities for the young Indian reader:
• Any of the Adventure series by Deepak Dalal (Ranthambore got the thumbs up from my niece)
• Kali and the Rat Snake by Zai Whitaker
• The Englishman’s Cameo by Madhulika Liddle
• Terror on the Titanic: A Morningstar Agency Adventure by Samit Basu
• Double Click: A Foxy Four Mystery by Subhadra Sen Gupta
• The Pearls Of Wisdom: A Hilarious Hauntings Adventure by Sonja Chandrachud
• Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
• The Fang of Summoning by Giti Chandra
• Nature’s Delights for Young Readers series by Katie Bagli
• RangBibi and Langra series by Sohaila Abdulali
Also check out the authors and books on http://youngindiabooks.com/
Many of the books mentioned above can
be bought online.
If you or your young readers have read any of the books mentioned above do write in and share your reading experience.