Kiss the Lines
At 21–20, the crowd was going wild, and Payal waited for the noise to subside before embarking on the all-important point ... And then, in a flash, it happened …
Thirteen-year-old Payal is on the threshold of becoming a junior badminton champion when she suffers an accident that causes partial retrograde amnesia. She loses all memory of the last two years, including her badminton past, and settles down to a normal teenager’s life. But the sport is her destiny and four years later, it beckons once more. Payal decides to take the challenge, but does she still have what it takes? Will coach Purab’s mantra of ‘kiss the lines’ change her life forever? And will the ones she loves support her on the path to glory?
An inspiring tale of a teenager’s quest to beat all odds, Kiss the Lines is a story of never giving up.
Have a dream? Make it come true!
A Chola Adventure
Sub title: Girls of India
990 CE, Tanjore, India Twelve-year-old Raji is growing up during the reign of Rajaraja Chola in the south of India. Raji is a girl of spirit- brave, bright and bold. She is also a dancer, a warrior and a sculptor who models kingdoms in stone. Raji, however, is not happy: She misses her family. Her mother is in exile and her father has left home in grief. On a dark night as a storm rages, Raji rescues a Chinese sailor at sea. This sets off a chain of events with unforeseen consequences. A Shiva statue goes missing, a prince disappears and there is a murder inside a temple. As Raji and her friends, the prince Rajendra Chola and his cousin, Ananta, try to help the Chinese mariner, they realize that he may have some of the answers Raji has been looking for. Will the criminals be brought to justice? Will Rajis family be reunited once again? Will peace be restored to the mighty Chola Kingdom?
A Mauryan Adventure
Sub title: Girls of India
3rd Century BCE, Pataliputra, India
Madhura is twelve and lives in the legendary city of Pataliputra during the reign of King Ashoka of the Mauryan dynasty. She works in the palace as the maid and companion of Princess Sanghamitra.
Madhura does not like it all! Life is so boring. She dreams of travelling across the land like her brother Kartik, who is a trader and growing up to become a soldier, fighting with swords and riding horses.
Madhura’s dreams suddenly come true as she travels with Kartik from Pataliputra to Ujjaini in a caravan. On the way mysterious things begin to happen. Who is that fat man who gives Kartik packets full of gold and silver coins? Why are they stopping at Vidisha to meet a Buddhist monk? Kartik is up to something, and Madhura has to find out the truth.
Read this fascinating account of Madhura’s life, and discover what it was like to grow up in the past!
A Harappan Adventure
Sub title: Girls of India
2570 BCE, Bagasra Village, Harappa, India
Twelve-year-old Avani is a happy-go-lucky, adventurous Harappan girl, who loves to play with her friends Tavishi, Delshad and Ambar. The wedding of the Village Elder’s daughter Ketika brings fresh excitement into their lives.
However, something sinister is afoot, as Avani realizes when she overhears a mysterious conversation between two men. Other incidents, like a bizarre robbery and a fire at the grain storeroom, add to the tension.
Do these unconnected events point to a bigger plan? How is the monk from far-off China linked to all this? Will Avani and her friends’ quick thinking unmask this plan, and save the honour of Bagasra village and Harappa?
Rabindranath Tagore: The Renaissance Man
Sub title: Puffin Lives
The song that I came to sing remains unsung to this day.
I have spent my days in stringing and in unstringing my instrument.’ - Gitanjali
Born in 1861 in one of the foremost families of Bengal, Little Rabi grew up to become a great nationalist, a gifted writer, a talented artist, a brilliant visionary and a reformer of education. He was also Asia’s first Nobel Laureate. His contribution to India’s Freedom Movement is forever immortalized in Jana Gana Mana, a song he wrote to inspire the nation.
This wonderfully insightful biography, rich in anecdotes and little-known facts, brings alive this legendary figure to contemporary readers. Monideepa Sahu vividly recounts Rabindranth’s experiences at school that helped to formulate his vision of Shantiniketan. She also traces the evolution of his poetry from schoolboy rhymes in dog-eared notebooks to universally loved poetry, prose, novels and short stories.
Explore the life and times of this remarkable personality through this compelling biography.
Chanakya: The Master of Statecraft
Sub title: Puffin Lives
‘I, Chanakya, vow not to bind my hair until I have unseated you from the throne of Magadha.’
When the learned Brahmin, Vishnugupta, is humiliated by the arrogant king, Dhana Nanda, in a public gathering, he swears revenge. Anger is his weakness, but strategy, his strength. This formerly unknown Brahmin goes on to become the most well-known kingmaker in Indian history: Chanakya. Using a combination of cunning, ruthlessness and luck, Chanakya fulfils his vow and propels a boy of unknown origins, Chandragupta Maurya, to the throne of the most powerful kingdom of that time, an empire even Alexander the Great hesitated to confront.
This fascinating account shows how Chanakya went from being a penniless fugitive with the rebel prince of Pataliputra to the prime minister of Magadha, and finally the author of the groundbreaking Arthashastra. With fun snippets and lesser-known facts about Chanakya and the Mauryan age, this book promises to be an exciting and gripping adventure story.
Sub title: The Most Powerful Number of Them All
Zero is very special. There is no other number quite like it in the universe.’ So says Sir Tzyphyr.
Sir Tzyphyr is no ordinary magician. He is the greatest Wizard of the Universe for he knows mathemagic, the spell of numbers. This gives him powers greater than ordinary magic ever could.
Join him as he takes the twins Megha and Mehul on a second exciting journey into the magical world of numbers. This time they find out all they can about that most special and mysterious of numbers, Zero!
Time for another mathemagical adventure with them as they explore units, tens, thousands and more!
The Puffin Book of Folktales
Explore an exciting and beautiful underwater world with Panna. Watch little blue bird Podna fight a mighty king for his little brown Podni. Join Lord Ganesha on his quest for a pot of kheer. Read about lovelorn Lord Surya pining for his Harshringar, leaving the world in darkness. Help the dove get her egg back.
This tenth-anniversary special edition by Puffin brings to you ten heartwarming folktales by master storytellers Ruskin Bond, Sudha Murty, Devdutt Pattanaik, Kamala Das, Paro Anand and many others, with each author adding his or her own special touch.
Accompanied by beautifully-detailed illustrations, this delightful book brings to life India’s glorious cultural heritage in all its richness, along with added doses of fun. Truly, a collector’s item!
Beastly Tales from Here and There
Vikram Seth’s amazing book of animal fables in verse for children
Beastly Tales from Here and There, Vikram Seth’s book of animal fables in verse, has become one of his most beloved works. Now in this exquisitely illustrated edition by the acclaimed illustrated edition by the acclaimed illustrator Prabha Mallya, this classic work has found a beautiful new life.
Daydreamer Dev Crosses the Sahara
Forever daydreaming—that’s Dev. Sitting in class or watching the clouds from the roof of Kwality Carpets, he floats off to places all over the world and has wonderful, bizarre adventures. Read the fantasies of Daydreamer Dev as he steps into worlds where the totally incredible become totally credible—and more than a little hilarious . . .
Dev’s headmaster is sure that he has the ability to go far—if only he controls his daydreaming. But Dev knows that is the only way for him to go far away on fabulous adventures.
Escaping his father’s lecture, he stretches out on his favourite rug on the roof of Kwality Carpets. Clouds drift, and Dev drifts too . . . all the way to Timbuktu, where his friend OP is waiting for him. The boys set off on an adventure to cross the Sahara, battling heat, flies, thirst, and camels—sorry, dromedaries—that emit enough greenhouse gases to finish off the ozone layer.
Accompanied by a guide, Ibrahim, Dev and OP find that oases are few and far between. Will Ibrahim and amana (trust) help them reach their destination? Or will they be swallowed by the sands of the Sahara?