The month of October is National Bullying Prevention Month and your book The Magic of Friendship tackles this subject from a young child’s perspective. How does your book discuss and ultimately resolve bullying?
The Magic of Friendship is a delightful allegorical story about a gander that tells his juvenile son about a fierce tiger that incurs fear among all the animals in the Tadoba Forest. While the two prepare a time of celebration with other animals in the forest, they happen to fall upon a serendipitous object lesson. Incorporating themes of bullying and friendship amid the Indian culture, this book has great potential to connect with children internationally. Beyond the message of friendship this story also brings to attention to the issue of bullying, and in particular the bully, without ever using those terms. It raises the awareness that bullies in reality are pretty miserable people. Overpowering others ultimately does not garner happiness. This story integrates an interesting and heart-warming turn of events that builds a friendship with one of the least likely forest animals. Book stars characters of ‘Babbar’ a fierce and mean tiger, ‘Hasmukh’ the entertainer donkey, ‘Ullu’ the forest prankster and Geese Captain and Chotu. And there are other animals who demonstrate the feel and effect of story like chipmunks and monkeys.
About the Book
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.
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 Magic of Friendship is available at Amazon & Barnes & Noble.
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.
Our goal is to introduce kids to Indian culture one story at a time and along the way have some fun. While stories are primarily written in Hindi they are tastefully being narrated in English as well, while maintaining the essence and moral.
Our promise is to always write sensible story with some moral to them.
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