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India

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The world's largest democracy has a rich and diverse culture. Now, it is also achieving more rapid economic growth India's vast territory can be divided into three main regions ...

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... . A secular, multiparty federal republic in South Asia, covering an area of 3.28 million square kilometers, India extends from the Himalayas to the Indian Ocean, and from the Rajasthan desert to the Ganges delta and rain forests. This geographical diversity is reflected in its multiethnic, multicultural population of more than one billion people. The government recognizes eighteen major languages (including English) and 1,652 dialects. India . Front cover for Tales of Arjuna, in the series Amar Chitra Katha: The Glorious Heritage of India (Bangalore: ...

Gavin, Jamila

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...a deep affection for both cultures. Born in India, Gavin spent her childhood moving between India and London. She was working at the BBC when her first children's book, The Magic Orange Tree and Other Stories ( 1979 ), was published. Since then she has published over thirty children's books, characterized by their interest in reflecting the multicultural society her own children were born into. The Surya trilogy ( 1992–1997 ) follows two children living through the brutal partition in India, moving between India and England. In Grandpa Chatterji ( 1994 ),...

Little Henry and His Bearer

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...India and first published in England in 1814 . Henry, the orphan son of an East India Company officer, is brought up by a philanthropist who leaves him entirely to the care of a Hindu bearer, Boosy; the Hindu treats the boy with great affection. At the age of five Henry learns the Christian religion from a clergyman’s daughter, who teaches him the doctrine of original sin. Henry begins to convert Boosy to Christianity, but is taken ill and dies with pious words upon his lips. Mrs Sherwood concludes the book by telling her readers: ‘Little children in India,...

Rameshwar Rao, Shanta

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...areas of India. In Tales of Ancient India ( 1960 ) she retells original stories like “How the Stork Got Its Long Neck” and “Why Snakes Have Forked Tongues.” Children's Mahabharata ( 1968 ) and In Worship of Shiva ( 1998 ), drawn from Hindu myth and scripture, have demons, gods, and humans as characters. Rameshwar Rao treats religious icons in a secular fashion: gods are shown as capable of failings and weaknesses, demons achieve near-divinity via meditation and prayer, and humans share the characteristics of both. Rameshwar Rao draws on India's rich...

Indian fairy and folk tales

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...in India. This book was reissued in 1894 as Tales of the Punjab . In 1892 Joseph Jacobs published Indian Fairy Tales , basing it on Miss Frere’s and Miss Steel’s books, and on ancient sources, such as The Fables of Bidpai ( see Panchatantra ; Arabian Nights ; Fairy Tales ). Later collections include: Mulk Raj Anand’s Indian Fairy Tales ( 1946 ), J. E. B. Gray’s Indian Tales and Legends ( 1961 ), Marcus Crouch ’s The Ivory City and other stories from India and Pakistan ( 1980 ), and Ruskin Bond ’s Tales and Legends of India ( 1982...

Deshpande, Shashi

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...boys are “tamed” by the friendliness of the other children. Deshpande's first work, A Summer Adventure ( 1983 ), had few Indian words, while subsequent works used Indian languages in larger doses. The Narayanpur Incident ( 1992 ), set in preindependence India, is her only historical novel. See also India and Mystery and Detective Stories . Nandini...

Phukan, Mitra

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...an innate strength that manifests itself during crises. Mamani, for instance, displays remarkable courage and resource in saving the precious crop of sugarcanes. Phukan is one of two major children's writers—the other is Arup Kumar Dutta —from northeast India. See also Dutta, Arup Kumar and India . Nandini...

Giberne, Agnes

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...Agnes ( 1845–1939 ), British writer, initially published under the name A.G. She produced over one hundred books on a variety of subjects, from scientific guides to the natural world to a biography of Charlotte Maria Tucker . Born in Belgaum, India, Giberne spent most of her life in England. Her Sun Moon and Stars: A Book for Beginners ( 1880 ) was written, she stated, for children, working men, or even grown people of the educated classes; the book portrays the universe as a patriarchal family network. Giberne's children's fiction, much of which was...

GAVIN, Jamila

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...GAVIN, Jamila ( 1941– ) Anglo-Indian British author who spent her early childhood in India before settling in the UK. After a career in television and radio at the BBC, Gavin began writing after her children were born. This was, in part, to address the lack of diversity in children’s books at the time, which she felt failed to reflect the multi-ethnic and multicultural realities of the UK. Since her first book, The Magic Orange Tree and Other Stories ( 1979 ), Gavin has written over thirty children’s books. The Surya Trilogy ( 1992–97 ) follows...

BOND, Ruskin

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...Blue Umbrella ( 1974 ). He is admired for his short stories—collections include The Road to the Bazaar ( 1980 ), When Darkness Falls ( 2001 ), and The Kashmiri Storyteller ( 2001 )—many of which are now studied in India on school curricula. He has also produced a children’s biography of Nehru ( 1976 ) and Tales and Legends of India ( 1982 ). Love Among the Bookshelves ( 2014 ) is part autobiography and part anthology, as it charts his life through stories he has...

BUDDEN (Halsey), Maria Elizabeth

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...BUDDEN (Halsey), Maria Elizabeth ( ?1780–1832 ) Wife of a Major in the East India Company, Budden was one of John Harris ’s most prolific authors. Her best known stories were Always Happy!!! or, Anecdotes of Felix and his Sister Serena ( 1814 ) and Claudine, or Humility, the basis of all the virtues ( 1822 ). She also wrote several books of ‘True Stories’ from history, two volumes of moral instruction ( Nursery Morals , 1818 , and Hints on the Sources of Happiness , 1819 ), and A Key to Knowledge; or, Things in Common Use Simply and Shortly...

WILLIAMS, Marcia

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...should mean that readers don’t notice the education—since her first book, The First Christmas , in 1987 . The light-hearted images are immediately engaging, whether they are of Macbeth in Mr William Shakespeare’s Plays ( 2009 ), Troy in The Iliad and the Odyssey ( 1996 ), India in The Elephant’s Friend ( 2013 ), or England in The Adventures of Robin Hood ( 2007...

SOMMERFELT, Aimée

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... ( 1892–1975 ) Norwegian children’s author . Her books include Miriam ( 1950 ), a novel set during the German occupation and dealing with a girl whose family takes over a house belonging to Jews, and Vien til Agra ( 1959 ) ( The Road to Agra , 1961 ), about a boy in India who takes his sister on an immense journey to a hospital which can cure her failing...

Dutta, Swapna

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...also composed the text for picture books such as Tyltyl's Adventure ( 1996 ), in which weak characters triumph against stronger adversaries. In her retellings of Indian history and myth she focuses on the “glory of India” and on virtues such as secularism, courage, loyalty, and sacrifice. See also Blyton, Enid ; Brent-Dyer, Elinor Mary ; India ; Myths ; and School Stories . Anna...

Berry, Nita

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...Nita ( 1952 –), Indian writer who graduated with honors from Delhi University. She is the editor and author of stories, historical biographies, activity books, and nonfiction for children. An active member of the various organizations that promote reading in India, Berry's true voice emerges in her nonfiction. The Story of Writing ( 2001 ) gives ample evidence of this. She possesses the ability to translate difficult, often dry facts into narratives that are simultaneously gripping and informative. Berry's informal tone and judiciously used anecdotes...

Kacker, Loveleen

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...is best known for the eponymous Saloni series depicting mystery-solving upper-middle-class youth. Death and romantic interests are, unusually for Indian children's fiction, presented in these tales. The Bastar Rebellion ( 2001 ) depicts a forgotten but key event from colonial India. Hunt for the Jewels ( 2000 ), Kacker's best book, defies classification. It inaugurates a new chapter in Indian fiction for children, being a mix of genres: mystery, travelogue, and fantasy. Kacker's fiction features determined girls like Sara in Race to Win ( 2004 ) and the...

Lamb, Lynton Harold

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...Lynton Harold ( 1907–1977 ), British illustrator and writer. Lamb was a multitalented artist, book designer, lithographer, engraver, and lecturer who also wrote and illustrated children's books. Born in India, he grew up in England, where he received his formal art training. In 1930 he joined the staff of Oxford University Press and for many years designed bindings and covers for books. He designed the binding for the Bible used at Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953 , and also four British postage stamps. He illustrated books by Dickens , ...

Hendry, Frances Mary

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...is adept at creating fast-paced, historically accurate adventures. Her writing is lively, with dialogue that conveys a sense of immediacy and character. Although she continues to write historical novels, she has also turned to other genres— Chandra ( 1995 ) is set in modern India; Atlantis ( 1997 ) and its sequel create an Antarctic fantasy world. Ferelith...

ALEXANDER, Lloyd

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...Three . After its conclusion, in The High King ( 1968 ), Alexander wrote such books as The Marvellous Misadventures of Sebastian ( 1970 ), the story of a wandering musician; The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha ( 1978 ), a cat story in the style of the Arabian Nights ; the India-inspired The Iron Ring ( 1997 ); and the Vesper Holly series, beginning in 1987 with The Illyrian Adventure...

LINKLATER, Eric

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...travelogues, plays, and short stories, as well as books for children. Born in Orkney of Scandinavian stock, he identified strongly as Orcadian, though he lived in many places over the course of his life. His writing career began after a spell as assistant editor of the Times of India , and by 1929 his work was popular on both sides of the Atlantic. His books for children started with The Wind on the Moon , a picaresque fantasy about two girls whose adventures include rescuing their father from a tyrant. He wrote two other books for children: The Pirates in...

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