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Monday, October 13, 2014

The Magic of Friendship by Subhash Kommuru

The best compliment I have ever received

Book Synopsis
BABBAR is a fierce and mean tiger who cannot tolerate anyone, but he is lonely and sad. HASMUKH is a funny donkey but gets scared of everyone. When the Magic of friendship touches them see how it transforms not only their characters but also transforms the whole environment around them.
The Magic of friendship is a hilarious, action packed entertaining story. There are scary moments, celebration and comical moments. While the core focus of the story is about friendship it has elements of father son bonding and family values as well.
Book gives plenty of opportunity for parents to entertain kids with their own version of animal noises. And bright and interactive illustrations is sure to leave a mark on eyes.
This is a story about change -- a transformation that comes with the magic of friendship. Personality may not change, but nature can surely change. This story will show the value of friendship and how that can change a person, particularly, one who is lonely and never really had the gift of laughter.

Book Excerpt
A flock of migrating geese stumble upon Tadoba, the land of the fierce tiger Babbar who does not tolerate anyone in his area. Will Babbar show any mercy? Can he change? Will the geese make it to safety?

The Best compliment a writer can receive is from a 4yr old kid “This is Hindi!”
There is this very cute little girl her name is Ashwina. I read my first book Bargad to her just once. After the story I asked her how did she like the story, she said in a very calm voice “It was very very nice.” I was happy to get the praise and felt proud. I read this story to her in both Hindi and English. That was that, or so I thought.
After almost a month, one day in Ashwina’s school they were asked to do a free drawing meaning draw anything that comes to your mind. She drew a scene from Bargad and told her teachers the story of Bargad and she told them “This is Hindi.” They did not understand what she meant until she showed them the book.
While most of the credit goes to Ashwina to retain the story, images for such a long time, but I am extremely proud to have a meaningful story that she wanted to hold on to.
That alone is the reason I advice fellow children’s author to always write sensible stories. Kids not only understand everything we write they put life into your story and enlighten your fictional characters. If fictional character is not a living being and running around in circles drinking and what not guess what kids would idealize? Most importantly never flaunt on using slang just to make it sound funny, kids grasp those things while it may sound funny and help you sell but it leaves a wrong impact on kids.
The Magic of friendship is also one such attempt at writing a simple, powerful and a meaningful story. Kids are guaranteed to giggle throughout story and get curious as plot thickens. Trust me so will you!

Subhash and Sujata hail from India. They migrated to the United States along with their memories of childhood and youth. Now that they are parents, just like every immigrant they crave to introduce their child to the culture and values of their upbringing. Yet it is challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself.

Subhash and Sujata both work in different disciplines and have different styles and backgrounds, but it is the upbringing of their son that brings them on the same page. That exact place where they meet is captured and reflected in their stories, where Subhash can express in words, and Sujata can illustrate them beautifully. Where he puts it in black and white, she adds color to it. You get the idea!

These stories are their attempt to share a glimpse of their childhood days with their son. He is their inspiration to write short stories that have meaning to them and provide teaching in some shape or form.

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