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Uncleji’s Magic Ladle

Rameshji’s shop was the best sweet shop in Eijipur. It was started by his great-grandfather Pareshji and till now the sweets have same delicious taste. Rameshji loves his shop or rather he loves to make yummy sweets for all. Those Boondi Laddoos, Chum Chums, Gulab Jamnuns, Kaju Barfis….Mmmm…all are mouth-watering. Everyone in Eijipur stops by his shop once in a day to eat sweets made by him. Rameshji’s shop also got a new name given by local people, ‘Uncleji’s Mithai Shop’…Rameshji felt honored and thrilled by their love.

One fine morning Rameshji was cleaning his shop saw few people putting boards opposite to his shop and on the board it was written, ” Tasty Donuts” . He wondered, “What is that? what are donuts?”. He was scared to ask them so he observed. Gagan, a young boy, who was going to school stopped there. Rameshj asked, “Gagan, what are they doing? who are they?” Gagan hesitated,”Mm..mm..Uncleji they are putting up a new sweet shop.” Rameshji was shocked and silent but he was confident that people will still come to his shop. ”I know everyone will come to my shop only” he whispered to himself.

After two days, the shop opened, they also invited Rameshji. But he could not go leaving his own shop. He still wondered , “what are donuts?”. Next evening he saw a crowd of local people in front of that new shop eating donuts. He called them loudly,”I made Motichoor ke Laddoo today.” But nobody answered as they were busy eating.

Again same thing happened next evening. All the children in that town, who used to come and eat and listen to stories from Rameshji, were in the new shop. He again called them loudly,” Gagan, Imli, Chintu where are you all? Come here see I made Rasmalai today.” But no one paid attention. Gagan saw his Uncleji was upset, he went to him and in a hurry said,” Uncleji, they really make delicious donuts, and they put cream and chocolate and so many things, we don’t have a shop like this in Eijipur, even you also don’t make it, please don’t be upset” and he ran to finish his plate.

That night Rameshji was really upset. He called his wife and said,” Sushma, I think I have to close the shop. No customer is buying the sweets, I think they don’t love my sweets anymore.” “Rameshji why are you loosing your hope, remember you make the best sweets in this town, everything will be fine.” But he could not sleep that night. He opened his window and prayed to God,” God, I wish I have a magic ladle, so that I can make donuts too.” Suddenly a flash of light appeared and somebody answered in a divine voice,” As you are a good man with good deeds, I grant you the wish.” and it was all dark. Rameshji woke up, ” Oh! it was a dream.”

Sushma at the breakfast table slowly asked Rameshji,” I think you should go and taste the donuts, they are really yummy.” Rameshji was in another world thinking about the dream, suddenly he said,” Wait a minute, did you taste it?” “Mm…mm…Yes I did…actually Raghu wanted to taste it…so I took him..I did not tell you yesterday because you were upset.” “Fair enough” Rameshji went out in anger.

That day he did not open his shop instead he followed what everyone was doing, tasting the donuts. He went to the shop and asked for two-three variety of donuts,” Can I have donuts?”. The shopkeeper was happy to see Rameshji at last, as he was observing him and his ‘Mithai Shop’ for quite a few days. ” Uncleji thank you for coming” he said, ” I will give you the best donuts. I am sure you will love them.” and he came out with a plate full of different and colorful donuts. Rameshji took a bite and it melted into his mouth,” Mmmm…this is delicious…but wait what are these made up of” he murmured to himself…and then a smile came to his face…Rameshji jumped in excitement,” Arre, these are Gulgule only…hahaha” and burst out in laughter. The shopkeeper wondered what happened to him.

Rameshji ran to his home, took out Pareshji’s recipe book and found the ingredients to make Gulgule or donuts. He said to his wife,” Sushma, I can also make donuts haha.”

Next morning, people of Eijipur saw their favorite Uncleji again calling them loudly with a happy face but this time he has made something new,” Today’s special, Chhena Gulgule with topping of chocolate Rabri..anyone wants to taste it.” People and even children wondered,”Wow Uncleji has made gulgule, we should taste it.” Again, Rameshji’s shop became the town’s favorite. “Uncleji, how can you make such yummy sweets, your hand is really a magic ladle.” asked Gagan and other children. ” You know… children, I did not make anything new, I just made donuts but twisted them in my own way.” And that day Rameshji realized,” Children everyone has a magic ladle, it lies within ourselves, we need to find it without losing hope, so believe in yourselves.” And he smiled, children nodded,”Yes Uncleji”

But that does not mean ‘Tasty Donuts’ is closed. Only thing, they have a tough competition with ‘Uncleji’s Mithai Shop’.

 

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Doodling by Aadyasha

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Thank you Aadyasha for sharing your work on my blog.

This extraordinary doodling art work has been created by Aadyasha, 2 year old child. This is an activity on color recognition as shared by her proud Mommy. As I have mentioned before, everyone can create a masterpiece and yes, little Aadyasha has proved me right once again.

Aadyasha, keep it up…everyone will be waiting for your next masterpiece.

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 Visit to Zoo by Mithu

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Thank you Mithu for sharing your work on my blog.

‘Visit to Zoo’ written by Mithu, Grade 2 student took me to my childhood, while I was reading. Readers can observe an amalgamation of innocence as well as clarity about the topic, in her writing.

Mithu, keep writing…many readers like me will be waiting for your next masterpiece.

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Poem by Aarya

 

Thank you Aarya for sharing your work on my blog.

‘There’s much left to do’  is a poem beautifully crafted by Aarya Mishra, Grade 8 student. This poem mesmerized me and made me rethink about life.I love the title and the small illustrations she has drawn.What a great vision! and such an inspirational creation and I must agree that age is just a number where everyone can create a masterpiece.

Aarya, keep writing…many readers like me will be waiting for your next masterpiece.

 

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Book Review by Raina

Thank you Raina for sharing her work on my blog.

I am thrilled to see how, Raina Ahmed, a Grade 7 student came up with her review on Devlok by Devdutt Paatanaik. Her clarity on the book, her choice of words and her framing of each sentence are commendable. The last sentence, where she is encouraging readers, is beyond my words.

Raina, keep writing…many readers like me will be waiting for your next masterpiece.

Children Speak

I am starting a new section where I will showcase children’s work, their ideas, their creativity and their vision. I have named the section as ‘Children Speak’ because they,I believe, speak through their imagination.
There will be creative writing, doodling, reviews and many more curated only by children.
My blog welcomes all lovely children to showcase their precious work.

Picture Books

Hey children!!…check these books out…

pin is for boys

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Author: Robb Pearlman

Illustrator: Eda Kaban

Originally Published: 5th June 2018

Publisher: Running Press

Brief: This picture book is about encouragement and empowerment of loving all the colors, irrespective of any gender. The book also explores about what boys and girls love to do whether it is car racing or dressing up or playing a sport. Re-framing the stereotypical notion of ‘blue/pink gender binary’, Robb Pearlman presents beautiful characters of diversities. Vibrant illustration by Eda Kaban makes the book more colorful and leaves a learning impact on children. Finally, ‘Life is not color coded’,Robb Pearlman delivers this sweet message through this picture book.

Find the book in:

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wordy birdy picture

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Author: Tammi Sauer

Illustrator: Dave Mottram

Originally Published: 6th February 2018

Publisher:  Random House Children’s Books

Brief: The story is all about Wordy Birdy who is a chatterbox. She loves to talk , talk and talk instead of listening. Tammi Sauer presented the topic of paying attention in a hilarious manner through this story. The story revolves around talkative Wordy Birdy, who, one day, while walking through the forest, inattentively gets herself into hot water so… does her heard-it-all-before friends Squirrel, Raccoon and Rabbit will be able to save her?  or will she be finally putting herself into danger?….Hey Children! if you want to know the full story you have to grab the book and start reading….

Yayyy!…A hilarious sequel, Wordy Birdy Meets Mr. Cougarpants, coming up in February 2019…

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Abol Tabol

Why I chose Abol Tabol?

Poet, Playwright and Writer Sukumar Ray’s masterpieces exposed readers mostly Bengali readers to a new genre of literary nonsense. Ray wrote for children’s magazine Sandesh right from its first publication in 1913. Most of the poems were originally published under a section named Abol Tabol (The Weird and the Absurd) within the Sandesh Magazine. The poems were finally published in the year 1923.

As a child I was always fascinated by fantasy literature. My grandfather was an excellent story teller and I used to get engrossed into whatever stories he depicted to me. Abol Tabol, Thakumar Jhuli ( Grandmother and her sackful of stories) and many more. These were the story books I was first exposed to as a child. I developed a keen interest as well as love for literature. And thanks to my grandfather, I even studied literature. Still, my love for Sukumar Ray’s works remain eternal whether it is Abol Tabol or Pagla Dashu or Ha Ja Ba Ra La….everything.

So I think children even in this era should also get exposed to read these classic books. They will love it.

Please check details below.

Author: Sukumar Ray Illustration: Sukumar Ray

Originally Published: 19th September 1923 Original Publisher: U.Ray and Sons.

Original Language: Bengali Genre: Literary Nonsense

Translations: Two translations I liked…

1. Wordygurdyboom by Poet, Novelist and Translator Sampurna Chatterjee.

Published on 16th June 2008. Publishers: Peguin India

Sampurna Chatterjee and Wordygurdyboom

Wordygurdyboom offers the best of playwright, poet and writer Sukumar Ray and his world of nonsensical, pun riddled poetries or rhymes. Excellent translation by Sampurana Chatterjee brings alive each characters of Ray’s masterpieces, through amalgamation of ‘magical nonsense as well freewheeling play of sound and sense’ . A vibrant new introduction by Ruskin Bond ‘captivates Sukumar Ray’s fans and wins him a whole new generation of admirers.’

Find the book in Amazon.in…Link is shared

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2. Rhymes of Whimsey by Niladri Roy.

Published on 3rd April 2017 Publishers: Haton Cross Press

Wonderfully and accurately translated version of ‘Abol Tabol’ or ‘Rhymes of Whimsy’. Niladri Roy applied his ‘analytical skills and knowledge of history’ to uncover hidden messages in Ray’s poems.

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Monster Story Books

Children are always fascinated with monster stories and movies. The even love to enact as monster characters. It is actually hilarious to see them performing as different monsters.

Found an awesome website on Monster Stories..

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For children

I have a always been a big reader of picture books and comics from my childhood. Even when I was working at school, I used to read a lot of picture books from library along with my students. While conducting story telling classes my attachment to those books became stronger and stronger.

So Children get ready to explore…..

My Favorite Picture Books for this week ….

 

 

My Favorite Comic Series for this week…

 

And stay tuned for many more updates….