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Tales of India

Folktales from Bengal, Punjab and Tamil Nadu. 
Illustrations by Svabhu Kohli & Viplov Singh. 

"Delightful creature and most charming princess," said she,
'you have regaled me with an excellent story.
But the night is long and tedious. Pray tell me another.'"

Tales of India by Svabhu Kohli & Viplov Singh, is a collection of short folktales that will excite inquisitive and curious minds. Some of the stories include a shape-shifting tiger and a pretentious rat; and a clever princess and a prince who returns from the dead. 

Goddesses, royalty, and characters full of humour and adventure. Take a magical journey to India with these tales that have lived and been told for thousands of years. Full of history, these stories should never be forgotten, and with this book by Svabhu Kohli and Viplov Singh, they will continue to live on.

To vegan or not to vegan

Let me preface by saying, "I am not vegan." 
And, until now, I've really been opposed to the idea of becoming vegan. The word "vegan" itself evokes a sense of abstinence to me. Abstinence from meat, being the obvious. But also, an abstinence from the delicious scrumptiousness of meals, that the foodie in me has come to expect. 

I have a few millennial colleagues who are either vegan or vegetarian. I also worked with a designer who lives in the burbs raising chickens, and whose immediate family is vegetarian. These are the influences in my life who converted my thinking (if only to try out some vegan food). So, yeah I was partly convinced when I tried foods like vegan Caesar's salad, and A&W's Beyond Meat Burger. I asked my vegan-devoted colleague about recipes, and it just sounded like I'd have to rejig my grocery plans to find some of the ingredient substitutes. So even though I wanted to find alternatives to foods that would not screw up my dige…

Let's go swimming on doomsday

Choice is something we take for granted here in the western world. We may complain of growing pains, but our challenges are nothing compared to sixteen-year-old Abdi. 

He's a Somali refugee, who is forced to join a jihadi group called Al Shabaab as a child soldier. His brother Dahir is supposedly also in this group and Abdi's capturers want him to work as a spy and gather intel about the group's activities. Can he infiltrate the group and get to his brother? Will his entire family be killed if he fails?

It was three years ago when he last saw his brother being led away at the back of one of Al Shabaab's battle trucks. Abdi always assumed that he was dead. 

Al Shabaab welcomes him because of his link to Dahir, who's one of the high ranking leaders in the group. But it's clear that his brother has changed. Dahir seems to have been brainwashed and now he only sees things one way...the Al Shabaab way. 

Let's Go Swimming On Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson is an imme…

The Hug by Eoin McLaughlin & Polly Dunbar

Who doesn't need a hug from time to time? 

That's all tortoise and hedgehog really want. Easier said than done, they find out. Because everyone they ask for a hug, has an excuse. 

This wonderfully imagined double-sided book, tells a story grounded in wit and compassion. The character illustrations effortlessly connect with kids to evoke a natural emotion, while the clean background composed of white space gives this picture book that uncluttered feel that works brilliantly for picture books. Polly Dunbar uses great vibrant colours, that bring all the characters to life. 

So, do Tortoise and Hedgehog finally get what they wish for? You guessed it. Dreams do come true!

Absolutely adorable. 

-------------------- Blog Post by Shilpa Raikar, who believes in the power of storytelling to connect readers, and strives for diversity and inclusivity. THE HUG by Eoin McLaughlin & Polly Dunbar is published by Faber & Faber. Copy provided by Publishers Group Canada.

Review by @SukasaReads …

How to think like an inventor

Temple Grandin has one message to all the want-to-be inventors out there: Make Things. 

If there's anything that this world-renowned scientist, inventor, and expert of visual thinking believes in, it's this: If you can dream it, you can make it. 

Filled with interesting facts about inventors and inventions, Temple Grandin's CALLING ALL MINDS is a blueprint for different ways to look at the world.

And women have made so many contributions to making this world a better place. Temple Grandin highlights some of these in her book. For example, did you know that women hold at least thirteen patents for improvements on the typewriter, including a typewriter for the blind, an uppercase attachment, and a reverse-movement attachment so you can go back spaces? 

In 1936, Beulah Louise Henry receive a patent for her machine called the "protograph," which was an attachment to the typewriter that could produce four copies without the use of carbon paper. She also made improvements …

Plant-forward recipes that are spouse approved

That's how Jeanine Donofrio refers to the recipes in her new cookbook LOVE & LEMONS EVERY DAY.

How do you get your whole family on board to try a plant-based lifestyle? There's no secret ingredient, but there are recipes that just may help convert those hard-to-please skeptics. 

You can't go anywhere these days and not be bombarded by advertising about plant-based foods. Most big chain grocery stores have vegan sections.
Even fast-food restaurants are introducing vegetarian and vegan food choices, like A&W's Beyond Meat Burger

This plant-based food trend has also reached some fine-dining establishments like Chef David Lee's Nota Bene. Lee opted to shut down the successful restaurant, and rebrand into a new incarnation: Planta Queen.

It's clear that people's love for plant-forward recipes is gaining momentum, and this fad will soon become a fact of life with ever growing focus on the (lack of) sustainability and carbon footprints from the traditional fo…

Find a good place to hide, because you're going to want to escape with C.J. Tudor's The Hiding Place

Growing up is challenging in the best of situations, but growing up in the isolated, small community of Arnhill, seems to take the Pulitzer. 

C.J. Tudor is back with another gripping, dark tale that will literally make you question the ground you stand on. Joe Thorne never wanted to return home. But sometimes you just can't run away from your past. So twenty-five years later, Joe returns, as an English teacher at his former school, Arnhill Academy. He's got plan to erase all his debts. But, he's also got a past that's quickly catching up with him.

"Arnhill is not a welcoming village. It is bitter and brooding and sour. It keeps to itself and view visitors with distrust. It is stoic and steadfast and weary all at the same time. It is the sort of village that glowers at you when you arrive and spits on the ground in disgust as you leave."

Joe settles in a decrepit cottage in an abandoned part of town, which has recently experienced a gruesome murder-suicide, one o…