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Welcome to Booklings - an uber cool book club for children at EasyLib!
Age Group: 6-10 years
Time : 3-4:30pm every Saturday
Venue: Easylib, Koramangala
Fees: Rs.500 for 4 sessions*
*Additionally, a refundable deposit of Rs.500 for non-members
Booklings meet to discuss History this week!
- Histories with Mysteries
- Crosswords with Kings
- Explore the genre of History
- Make a Family Tree and
- Fit puzzles to reconstruct history
Booklings is more than a book club, it is a creative space for children.
The club activities range from reading, writing, enacting, puppetry, and even some journalistic exploration! e-books to audio books, we will
introduce them to different forms of reading. There will be surprise visits from writers, artists, and such to interact with children.
A video recording of your child's presentation will be mailed to you.
Make your child a part of this mega dream!
See first-hand the fun our booklings are having Booklings@EasyLib !
- The book club will meet every week and discuss and review the book they have read.
- They will take a book home for reading over the week.
- They will be made to create a few things based on the book they read.
- They will enact, adapt & visualise the stories.
- They will be-duced to various genres of books and styles of writing.
This book-club is part of NICHE (New Ideas in Children's Education), an initiative by Gowri & Cilre.
Gowri believes that children when inspired and provided with a conducive environment, are capable of observing and absorbing more. Having grown up in a highly creative setting, she has an ingenious way of doing things. She is a certified trainer in different aspects of learning, facilitation and storytelling. She has been in the area of facilitation for over 2 years conducting creative workshops for children. Her unique style of presentation along with her fun-loving nature makes her extremely popular with children
Ananthi founded Cilre with a vision to make education available, engaging and relevant. An Electronics Engineer, part of the technology industry for more than 6 years, she has a passion for using technology to inspire creativity and curiosity among young minds! She believes that exposure to many disciplines provides a wholesome learning experience for children. She has been working with children for over 2 years. Her varied interests include pedagogy, technology, pottery, science and digital art.
Tangled Verses - A poetic Jugalbandi between Shikha Malaviya and Amruta Dongray
Saturday, 1stMarch, 2014
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Join us for
A poetic jugalbandi between
Shikha Malaviya & Amruta Dongray
On writing memorable women characters : with authors Gita Aravamudan and Radhika Nathan
Saturday, 8thMarch, 2014
This women's day, join us at EasyLib for an interesting session. Authors Gita Aravamudan and Radhika Nathan will share their thoughts and experiences on what it takes to write strong women characters.
About Radhika Nathan
Radhika Nathan is the debutant author of the historical romance 'The Mute Anklet'. She has been writing essays, stories and blogs for a long time, but has shared them primarily with family and friends. Her love for books, familiarity with the places that she writes about and her passion for researching have made the long journey of writing the novel interesting and immensely pleasurable.
The Mute Anklet
It's the 1790s in India. The third Anglo-Mysore War between the kingdom of Mysore and the East India Company is hurtling towards a climax. The British, having captured the Malabar Coast are lurching nervously towards Bangalore. Tipu Sultan is waging a ferocious battle.
Grew up in a small gold mining town in Karnataka, went to college in Bangalore taught high school for a year and then somehow squeezed her way into journalism in the late 1960s when media organizations were totally anti-women.
Worked as a trainee for Hindustan Times Delhi and then at the age of 21 became a full-fledged reporter for Indian Express Bangalore…the first woman reporter in the city. Free-lanced for a long, long time thereafter from Trivandrum where she landed after getting married. Wrote for every conceivable English language publication on every conceivable subject until she finally zeroed in on gender issues. Has had long running columns in major newspapers like The Hindu, Express & Times of India on subjects ranging from urban living and art to ofcourse gender.
Has previously published 3books of non-fiction: Voices in My Blood (Sterling 1990) (translated into Tamil), Disappearing Daughters (Penguin 2007)(translated into Marathi & Japanese), Unbound(Penguin 2010) and 1 book of fiction: The Healing (Harper Collins 2008)
Her next book of non-fiction on surrogacy also to be published by Harper Collins is scheduled to come out later this year.
Colour of Gold
Colour of Gold is a mystery novel set in Kolar Gold Fields one of India’s oldest gold mining towns. The unexpected death of an Anglo Indian employee of the mines, a mysterious letter from England and an Australian journalist investigating the closure of what were once the richest mines in the country.
Three seemingly unconnected strands which help uncover a century old secret which might have remained buried forever.
In the process of unraveling the mystery flits up and down across a span of 100 years, and brings alive the life and times of a special town with a special way of life which disappeared forever when the Mines closed.
Think Outside the Pun - Seamless Integration of Humour in Writing
Saturday, 15thMarch, 2014
5:00 pm - 6:00pm
Shinie Antony in conversation with Rachna Singh, author of Dating, Diapers and Denial, Nuotial Knots, That Autumn in Awadh.
About Rachna's third book was launched in Jan 2014. It's called 'That Autumn in Awadh'. It's a romantic comedy. As in a typical romantic comedy the two lovers are young, likeable, and quite, hopelessly, meant for each other. They are kept apart by several complicating circumstance which come in vicious packets of surprising twists. Of course, there is the quintessential fairy-tale-style happy ending. There is a main plot and the sub plots that run parallel to it. In the sub plots, there are generous servings of humour, ranging from keen, hilarious observations around community life to workplace humour.
The book moves at the pace of a thriller, and the twists and turns keep the reader at his or her seat’s edge. The plot, while on a theme that is common, is taut and gripping. The imagery around the cities across which the story unfolds: Lucknow, Allahabad, Mussoorie, and Bangalore is vivid, relatable and beautiful. Finally, the large scoops of humour keep you chuckling!
There is no villain in the book: it’s all about coping with honour-shame.
In cultural anthropology, a shame culture, also called honour-shame culture or shame society, is the concept that, in a given society, the primary device for gaining control over children and maintaining social order is the inculcation of shame and the complementary threat of ostracism.
TAIA brings forth to the reader the struggles resultant of ‘shame’ experienced by families when their children decide to marry across the lines that uphold self-esteem: class, caste, religion.
The book is doing extremely well, as early reports come in.
Summer workshop at Easylib, for 6-10 year olds!
7th - 25th April
10 am -12 noon weekdays
6-10 years is the age when children begin to be logical. They are developing confidence. They still prefer individual work over teamwork. Summer House, our summer workshop aims to provide opportunities for the children to develop their confidence, while promoting teamwork and critical thinking.
The workshop is divided into 3 weeks. Each week focuses on a different topic
Week 1: Scion:
Scion is the scientific week. The focus of this week is to make children understand science is everywhere and science is fun. This week will introduce children to scientific thinking. They will learn how scientific thinking can be used to understand our world. They will do these through investigations, experiments, observations, analysis and drawing conclusions.
They will explore their environment to investigate the things that live and dont. They will arrive at conclusions scientifically as to what makes them living and not. They will answer questions like - Is a dried flower living? If cars eat fuel as food, why are they non living? They will learn about flowers, plant life cycle
Explore Roots and their role as food. Then they move on to understanding our digestive system. They will explore the importance of saliva through experiments, learn about teeth and their role.
Learn about how things are measured around us. Why do we need standard measurement like Kg or cm? Also how can we estimate quantitatively when they dont have all the tools for measurement. They will play a measurement scavenger hunt, estimate car speeds as part of this.
Forces all around us - They will experiment to find out what are the different kinds of forces we use. How applying force results in work? They will try to find answers like "Can the car crash be avoided if I used lesser force? "(With Toy cars !!!)
The aim of the week is to instigate a scientific temperament while having fun doing it
Week 2: Language Exploration:
This week focuses on language. Language is a key aspect of our life and this week attempts to show the different ways language is used and what the other elements apart from language that is part of communication
Children will talk, create, learn about different forms of literature. While focusing on the language, this is where children gain knowledge about the world, cultures and create with that knowledge. Effective communication skills and critical thinking skills are other key take-aways of this week.
Children will start with communicating about themselves - Activities including describing themselves, their thoughts and likes through actions, writing and talking. This will help them assess the need for communication. They will do this through games including Taboo, Dumb Charades, speaking and writing activities.
We will be exploring the importance of illustrations in literature. As part of this , they will make illustrations for stories/books. We take it to the next step by making communication primarily through visuals - This will give them a peek into today's ubiquitous world of infographics.
Children will be exposed to various types of literature - By sorting books, watching and making ads, taking and capturing interviews.
Week 3: Social Awareness
This is the age when they start appreciating responsibilities. They understand rules and even start making them. The focus of this week is to make them aware of the social constructs and systems. This will help them understand the questions they dealt with at that age. Why there are rules at school? what others must do to me and should not do to me? why should I not waste food?
Everyday will focus on a theme including independence, interdependence, Rights, Responsibilities, Government, Rules, Community, Safety. Children will be involved in simulated activities to demonstrate an idea. Such activities include mock elections, Planning a trekking trip, Traffic Light simulation.
The ideas will be explained through stories followed by discussions. This will enable children to form their own conclusions. Based on the discussion children will come up with a action which they follow from then. They will make a manifesto that shows this which they will display in their house.
Social well being begins with oneself. The focus of this week is to make children understand their position in the social construct and enable them to contribute to it in a constructive manner
An evening with poet Sabarna Roy and Nidhi Mahesh
Sabarna Roy works in a senior management position in a manufacturing and engineering construction company. An avid reader and a film buff, Roy is widely traveled in India and lives in Kolkata with his family. He writes poetry to reconnect with himself. His work includes Winter Poems, Frosted Glass, Abyss, and Pentacles - collections of poetry, play, and also short fiction.
Nidhi is a dreamer. Words fascinate her and the surroundings goad her to pour out her thoughts and convictions in the form of poetry and prose. Cook and book sums up her passion.
Women in the Indian Epics and Myths
Author Ravi Subramanian at the lib!
Meet the author Shashi Deshpande
A thought-provoking tete-a-tete with eminent writer Shashi Deshpande. It was a perfect mix of light moments and serious ones. All in all, a wonderful discussion which left everyone with food for thought. This one won't be forgotten anytime soon. Was an ideal session for budding writers.
See here for event photos.
Discover a new writer - Sumana Khan
Book Talk : Days of Gold & Sepia by Yasmeen Premji
This is the saga of Lalljee Lakha as he rises from his humble beginnings as a penniless orphan in his desert homeland of Kutch to amass a large fortune as Bombays Cotton King. Set against the eventful period between Indias War for Independence in 1857 and the fledgling freedom struggle of the early twentieth century, this sweeping tale is peopled by a vibrant array of characters merchant princes and maharajas, courtesans and soothsayers, pirates, freedom fighters and soldiers of the British Raj. Days of Gold and Sepia paints the portrait of a man of courage and character, and is the story of the discovery of life, the pain of a passionate and doomed love and family feuds, and of great personal integrity and human frailty.
Yasmeen Premji - Born and raised in erstwhile Bombay, Yasmeen Premji graduated from St. Xavier's College before completing her master's degree from Smith College, USA. She worked as assistant editor for the Indian design magazine, Inside Outside, for many years before moving with her husband Azim to Bangalore, India's IT capital, which she now calls home. This is her first novel.
Locks, Mahabharata and Mathematics: An Exploration of Unexpected Parallels
It was an evening like none else! Locks, Mahabharata, and Mathematics - all the three facets came alive with the words of Dr. V. Raghunathan. But, the show-stopper was most certainly the author's collection of locks! And, he was so generous that he let the audience play with the locks!
Pictures on our facebook event page
Book talk with Tilman Ramstedt
An exciting storytelling workshop for kids!
Book Release : 'Animation World' by Nidhi Prakash
Saturday, 14th September, 2013
Nidhi Prakash wrote the book when she was a 8 year old and now she is 10. She studies at the Bishop Cotton Girl School in 5th Standard. She likes to read and being outdoors. Nidhi wants to pursue writing as a hobby.
Colors of Love : Love Stories From Mahabharatha
Storytelling for adults by Geeta Ramanujam
Storytelling for adults! Doesn't happen everyday and more so doesn't happen everyday by Geeta Ramanujam. It was a mesmerizing evening when Geeta transported the audience to the world of stores. Geeta brought to life two little known stories from Mahabharatha, that of Chandreyi and Sushobhana - two beautiful women, one an eternal romantic and the other a seductress! If all of the photos of Geeta are blurred, thats only because she was not still for a moment! But the audience sat without moving a muscle!
See pictures here
Launch of 'Foreign' by Sonora Jha
Anita Nair's reading from Cut Like Wound
It was, as expected, a wonderful session with writer Anita Nair. She read excerpts from her new crime fiction (or literary noir as it is called) novel Cut like wound and graciously and patiently interacted at length with the audience. It was educational to hear her spoke about her method of research and her craft of writing. One aspect was clear after listen to Anita - that it takes a great lot of effort, talent, intuition, and reading to become an accomplished writer of her stature! Wish more aspiring writers had attended the session to listen to her words of wisdom, spoken so accessibly.
Rock the Talk : with Revathi Suresh & Suzanne Sangi
Meet the authors Zac O'Yeah and Eshwar Sundaresan
Fiction Writing Workshop by author Shinie Antony
Hands on Science Club by Prity Mehta
Who says science can’t be fun?
Sing-along with Arthi
Cool stories and a craft for a hot summer!
Meet the authors Nandita Bose and Rachna Singh at EasyLib
Meet the author: Milan Vohra
Meet Authors Marianne de Nazareth and Prem Rao
Storytelling with Rashmi Kulkarni
Two-day fiction workshop by writer Shinie Antony at Easy Library
Meet the authors Manreet Sodhi Someshwar and Sheila Kumar.
Writer Shinie Antony will be in conversation with them.
Insightful, thoughtful and yet entertaining and lively! That is how we would sum up the session we had with Manreet Sodhi Someshwar, Sheila kumar, and Shinie Antony. Thank you writers and all of you so-clued-in audience!
The English Translation of Sivakamiyin Sabadham: by Nandini Vijayaraghavan
Nandini Vijayaraghavan read from her debut translation; Kalki Krishnamurthy’s historical Tamil novel ‘Sivakamiyin Sabadham’ (‘Sivakami’s Oath’). This historical novel, considered by many as one of the best Tamil novels ever written, narrates the morganatic romance between the Crown Prince Narasimha Varma Pallavar and the land’s foremost danseuse, Sivakami, against the backdrop of the turbulent relationship between the Pallavas and the Chalukyas during 7th century AD in South India.
An hour of fun and frolic for the little ones : by Rashmi Kulkarni
Rashmi told the story of a happy caterpillar using her collection of wonderful props and puppets, followed by an interesting activity of making a paper butterfly. The evening ended by her reading a story from Chhota Bheem!
Roll of Honour : by Amandeep Sandhu
Amandeep Sandhu reads from his new book Roll of Honour - a story of split loyalties of an adolescent Sikh boy studying in a military school in Punjab in 1984: Operation Blue Star, Mrs. Gandhi's assassination, riots, the hard life in a residential school.
Aman's earlier book Sepia Leaves was a story of a dysfunctional home under the shadow of schizophrenia from a care giver child's point of view.
More on Aman here www.amandeepsandhu.com
Fun with science : by Prity Mehta
2. The magical "Periscope"
What do you do when you want to see what is out there but do not want to stick your head out? Like in a battlefield, in a submarine or simply when you hear sounds outside your door? Use a Periscope! This simple mechanism which works on the principle of reflection of light lets you see without being seen. Make and take home your very own periscope from this workshop!
Don't hire the best : by Abhijit Bhaduri
Marking the 100 THOUSAND POETS for CHANGE
September 29th 2012
Tea for two and a peace of cake : by Preeti Shenoy (with Random House)
Those who attended Preeti Shenoy's reading at EasyLib, even the ones who braved the rain and traffic, were glad they did! Writer Shinie Antony set the mood for the evening with her initial set of questions to Preeti. Followed by Preeti's reading from her new book 'Tea for two and a piece of cake.' Well, now we have to read the book because we want to know what happens at the end!
The Q&A, IMHO, was an amazing part of the evening, thanks to a superbly clued in audience. Questions ranged from how she makes time for writing (I don't watch any TV!) to what her message to the society is (My books are about people and their personal experiences. They don't really delve on larger societal issues). Preeti being an artist was quizzed whether her art inspires her writing ("Not really. Writing and painting are two separate compartments in my life. One doesn't influence the other").Preeti is an eloquent yet a simple and straightforward writer, which reflected in the way she spoke as well. She answered questions without intellectualizing her opinions, which explains her HUGE fan base!
Pictures from the event are here17-09-2012
Thank you Preeti, Shinie and thank you attendees! And a special thanks to Cupcake Noggins for a lovely fare!
Have you seen this? : by Arthi Anand Navaneeth. (with Tulika Books)
An energetic Arthi met her match in the young audience! The library truly came alive with screams of delight and peals of laughter! Thanks you Arthi Anand for a lovely afternoon.
Check out the photos on our facebook page
Physics behind the heart : by Prity Mehta
The heart is an organ that purifies the blood and pumps the purified blood to the rest of the body. How does the pumping work?
The children learnt the physics behind this routine act!
Meet the author: Shriram Iyer
EasyLib and Westland Books bring the talented writer, professional singer, and our own Bangalore boy Shriram Iyer to EasyLib on the 19th of August, Sunday at 11 am. He will share exciting 'behind the scenes' information from his new book Wings of Silence, the story of a deaf boy who aims for Olympic glory in the Moscow Marathon in 1980. Also, for the first time the book has its own dedicated soundtrack. So be prepared to be entertained and engaged with some live songs by him! Come, be a part of the amazing journey
Bangalore-born Shriram Iyer, a management professional based in Melbourne, Australia, has authored several short stories, theatre scripts and screenplays for short films. Silver-medalist under the Shankar’s International Award in 1996 given by the President of India, Shriram is also a professional singer who has to his credit an Indian pop album, Is Dhundh Mein, (released in 2007 by well-known singer Shankar Mahadevan) as well as over 400 concerts in India, Australia, New Zealand and USA. Wings of Silence is his debut novel.
About the Book: Wings of Silence
Saurav Sethi, teenage prodigy and future tennis star in the making, watches his elder brother Raj fight a losing battle in life. But father Akshay Sethi turns a blind eye, letting his elder son spiral into the depths of depression. Saurav challenges destiny and prepares to give Raj a life he deserves, but will his life-changing decision see Raj’s seemingly impossible dream of running the marathon in the 1980 Olympics come to life? Or will it completely devastate the family to a point of no return? Set against a turbulent time during the cold war between the US and the USSR, the Sethi brothers embark on a roller-coaster ride that will push their courage and grit beyond all known limits.
Anjum Hasan and Brinda Narayan at EasyLib
An intelligent and entertaining evening with Anjum and Brinda at EasyLib.
When people started terming Anjum’s first novel “Lunatic in my head” a book about Shillong, she decided to call “Neti Neti” a book about Bangalore! But “no work of fiction is precisely about one thing; it is about a lot small things” opined Anjum. She had a lot of very interesting thoughts on writing fiction and her crisp and clear talk held the audience in rapt attention.
“Employees in call centers are forced to sound positive and happy despite their personal woes, and that too in an adopted accept. This causes a severe imbalance in people’s psyche “ said Brinda Narayan. She was intrigued by employees losing not just their names in these jobs but their emotional bearings as well. Brinda’s book “Bangalore calling” is a fictional summation of the stories she had researched as well heard during the course of her career as a quality consultant for call centers.
The evening ended with the audience quizzing the authors. Questions ranged from why we are bothered by the death of regional languages to how and why people adopt accents.
View photos of the event here
Book reading and talk by Zac O’Yeah and Nilanjan P Choudhury
Zac O’Yeah and Nilanjan P Choudhury : Two comic geniuses and authors of bestselling novels.
"On a sleepy, humid afternoon, an expectant audience waited for some therapy in the form of laughter. They received that and how! Comic geniuses Zac O’Yeah and Nilanjan Choudhury snaked their way in through the tantalising piles of books at EasyLib.com and regaled the audience with their droll wit." Read more from Isha Purkayasthathe's Report in The Hindu here
More about Nilanjan and his novel:
- The Hindu
- Book Rack
Meet the author : Amitabha Bagchi
We has a wonderful morning with Amitabha Bagchi at EasyLib on Sunday morning. The audience floored yet another writer with your brilliant questions! Thank you Amitabha. Your witty, thoughtful, and truthful answers had many in the audience turn your fans. A big thank you Sudarshan of Gloschol for introducing the writer and MC-ing.
A terrific 5 day creative writing workshop at EasyLib
A wonderful 5 day creative writing workshop from 21st to 25th of May at EasyLib. A big thank you from EasyLib to
Shinie Antony for conducting the workshop. Team @Amar Chitra Katha, @Vinayak Varma (Team Brainwave magazine), and @Abhishek Majumdar truly made the workshop memorable and worthy for participants.
Children for their energetic participation even on the 5th day.
Rupa Publications sponsored the prizes for the writing contest held as part of the workshop. Pictures
EasyLib and Puffin Books Sponsor Read-A-Thon 2012!
Read-A-Thon is a free reading program that encourages children to read for pleasure. Conducted over a period of two weeks, this has been a hugely popular summer contest at EasyLib. Children can read books from anywhere. The idea is for them to read as many books as they can in two weeks. The one who reads the most wins the prize!
What is Read-A-Thon?
It is a reading contest to promote reading for fun among children. It has always been a hugely popular contest at EasyLib, with hundreds of children participation and writing reviews! It is an activity conducted world-wide by libraries and schools to encourage children to read, now brought to Bangalore by the online library EasyLib.com and Puffin Books India.
Prizes were distributed by Children’s writer Poile Sen Gupta on May 19th. She also addressed and interacted with the audience.
Meet Dr. Vijay Nagaswami
Dr. Vijay Nagaswami, well-known Chennai based psychiatrist and author of many best-selling relationship books - 'The 24x7 marriage', 'The Fifty-50 Marriage', and the latest being '3's A Crowd' etc
What a morning! We were all floored by Dr. Nagaswami's witty and insightful talk. Author Shinie Antony had a very lively interview of the author. And the audience were great as always with their thoughtful and intelligent questions. Dr. Nagaswami has conveyed that he found this to be one of his best audience!
Hands-On Science Club by Prity Mehta
Prity Mehta presents the sunny side of Maths and Science to children with hands-on experiments on interesting everyday themes
- Day 1: The Chemistry Mystery- Chemical and Physical changes of substances in cloud formation. Make your own cloud!
- Day 2: Work that Brain!- Innovative problem solving techniques through Sudokus. Techniques to improve logical and lateral thinking.
- Day 3: Flywheel spindle- Inertia, vision and colour mixing all get explained in one experiment!
Tete-tete with Ashok Banker
Ashok Banker is not only a prolific writer but an avid reader and an intellectual. We had a very enjoyable tete-a-tete with him. In his own words...
"Vani, all at EasyLibrary, and everyone who attended, thank you and hugs from Bithika and myself for making our Sunday morning in your beautiful city such a delight. I enjoyed myself thoroughly and the intelligence and enthusiasm of those who came and joined in the tete-a-tete was really great. You have a great library too and to sit in that 'forest of stories' with so many fellow book lovers and talk about books, writing, mythology and so much else was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Thank you and I hope to come again someday. Love from both of us. "
Book reading and discussion: Jahnavi Barua, Samhita Arni, and Shinie Antony
EasyLib celebrated Women's Day early by bringing together three female authors who have written powerful books on women past and present. There was a lively discussion at the Easy Library premises on Kaberi from 'Rebirth' who creates her own path in life, Mira from 'When Mira Went Forth and Multiplied' for whom revenge falls flat, and Sita from 'Sita's Ramayana' who narrates the epic in her own voice.
Amar Chitra Katha/Tinkle Quiz
Conducted by The Amar Chitra Katha team as a tribute to the late Mr. Anant Pai, the creator of Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle.
Evergreen Myths by Darius and Arati
Darius (RJ Fever 104) and Arati (Director, Tarantismo Dance Company) did a fabulous book reading at the library.
Intensive 2 day Workshop on fiction writing
Conducted by writer Shinie Antony.
Story telling by Beatriz and Enrique
Spaniards Beatriz and Enrique enthralled children and adults alike at Easy Library.