Monday, April 24, 2006


Carefully researched, fascinating stories of children in India since 3500 B.C. … imagination takes off from carefully researched facts … a fascinating treat for children…an activity trail that innovatively makes fact finding a fun-filled exercise (The Deccan Herald)

The author's credentials have resulted in creating just that exciting blend of fact and fiction … an inveigling story line… a delightful collection that must grace the bookshelf of every child … (Uma Girish , Indian review of Books)

The stories are narrated in simple clear language evoking the sights and sounds of the particular region… the judicious mix of fact and fiction keeps you interested and kindles an interest to know more … a treasure trove of knowledge and fun, an unusual blend indeed … (Rohini Ramakrishna, The Hindu)

This book is definitely worth picking up. Especially if your history lessons have bored you. For this teaches you that history is about real people and as fascinating as any work of fiction. (Priya M Menon , School Magazine)

… sure to appeal to the age group mentioned …(N.Meera Raghavendra Rao, The Hindu)

Padma is able to explain scientific concepts … without talking down to children … the narrative tone is original and lively, the facts are given in an accessible form … (Prema Srinivasan, The Hindu)

Lovely books …I know children will love the slim books … (Afternoon Dispatch and Courier)

…a rare sensitivity to the sights and sounds of nature … well attuned to the swing of choice words… (Prema Nandakumar, The Deccan Herald)

TV Padma's delightful book is a boon for curious children … the stories are meticulously researched … The author's scientific background is evident in the careful sidenotes and detailed bibliography … The charm of the stories is not restricted to their unusual settings. Each story goes beyond location to capture a situation that is timeless and universal… Older children will be intrigued … and this book will go far towards increasing their appreciation for history and good writing. (Susan Chacko,

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