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This Children's Day, Add Colour To Your Bookshelf With Classics

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Read, Read, Read
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Read, Read, Read

In a tech-driven world, where kids are busy operating everything around them with a click, introduce them to the world of books on Children's Day. While movies and TV series cap on your kid's imagination, books expose them to a new universe where every character takes a unique shape and every learning can have a strong impact.

Books like the 'Harry Potter' series are a sure shot hit, and honestly a no-brainer, some works by Indian authors like RK Narayan and Sudha Murty are a must-have on every kid's bookshelf. Besides just adding colour, they teach life lessons as well.

This Children's Day, help your bundle of joy inculcate the reading habit with a book that adds more than just colour to life.

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'Malgudi Days' by RK Narayan
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'Malgudi Days' by RK Narayan

If you wish to offer your kid a chance to learn about the Indian culture, 'Malgudi Days: A collection of short stories' by RK Narayan will be a good present. Published in 1943, this book continues to be a highly-recommended volume for children even today. Its popularity is evident from the fact that the book was also adapted into a television series in 1986.

The book includes 32 stories about an imaginary town called Malgudi and discusses every facet of life in the city. With powerful portraits of all kinds of people living in Malgudi, the book includes stories written over a period of 40 years and is all about the true essence of Indian culture in a fictional backdrop.

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'Pashu' by Devdutt Pattanaik
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'Pashu' by Devdutt Pattanaik

Animals, known as 'Pashu' in Hindi, play an integral role in Hindu mythology, where a fish is capable of saving the world and a horse blessed with the ability to fly. 'Pashu' by Devdutt Pattanaik is a book that refers to The Puranas, how Lord Brahma's son Kashyapa's wife gave birth to different kinds of animals and their role in people's lives.

Full of 75 gorgeous anecdotes, Pattanaik offered an insight of how our ancestors saw the animal kingdom.

With hundreds of new perspectives about animals, this book will surely become your kid's favourite read.

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'Excuse Me, Is This India?' by Anushka Ravishankar
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'Excuse Me, Is This India?' by Anushka Ravishankar

A child's imagination knows no bounds, it can go as far as the universe does. Anushka Ravishankar's 'Excuse Me, Is This India?' is one such book that traverses through a little one's imagination, and is a story portrayed in verses.

A tiny blue mouse, who is the narrator, explores Indian art, textiles and people when he is swept away on an unusual journey of the country.

Besides just giving your child a quick trip of India, this book will also contribute to the young one's perspective of the country.

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'Sameer’s House' by Deepa Hari, Deepa Balsavar
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'Sameer’s House' by Deepa Hari, Deepa Balsavar

Becoming a scientist and learning more about the universe is what most kids aspire to do. This Children's Day, surprise your little scientist with a read that takes them on a fun ride of a world outside the Earth. Deepa Hari and Deepa Balsavar's 'Sameer's House' is a book loaded with illustrations of stars, galaxies and planets. Trust us, this book is one they won't let go off even when it's bedtime.

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