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A Clear Blue Sky

A Clear Blue Sky

Subhadra Sen Gupta
,
Rohini Chowdhury
,
Elmo Jayawardena
,
Ranjit Lal
,
Suchitra Krishnamoorthi
,
Paro Anand
,
Gulzar
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26/11, 9/11, 7/7-these are dates that have changed the way we see ourselves and those around us. Dates that have changed the world, and not for the better. It’s about time we had an honest conversation about religion, race, caste and the mindsets that divide us.
In this collection, writers from India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan-Gulzar, Elmo Jayawardena, Manjula Padmanabhan, Poile Sengupta, Komail Aijazuddin, Bulbul Sharma and others-write about the various kinds of conflicts that plague our world today. There are poems that articulate pleas for peace and understanding as well as stories that make us sit upright and contemplate our own actions. Some pieces are dark, others full of light and hope, and some outright funny as they portray mindless bigots for what they are.
This book shows us that there may be a way for us to better understand different viewpoints, after all.

Imprint: India Puffin

Published: Feb/2020

ISBN: 9780143451037

Length : 120 Pages

MRP : ₹199.00

A Clear Blue Sky

Subhadra Sen Gupta
,
Rohini Chowdhury
,
Elmo Jayawardena
,
Ranjit Lal
,
Suchitra Krishnamoorthi
,
Paro Anand
,
Gulzar

26/11, 9/11, 7/7-these are dates that have changed the way we see ourselves and those around us. Dates that have changed the world, and not for the better. It’s about time we had an honest conversation about religion, race, caste and the mindsets that divide us.
In this collection, writers from India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan-Gulzar, Elmo Jayawardena, Manjula Padmanabhan, Poile Sengupta, Komail Aijazuddin, Bulbul Sharma and others-write about the various kinds of conflicts that plague our world today. There are poems that articulate pleas for peace and understanding as well as stories that make us sit upright and contemplate our own actions. Some pieces are dark, others full of light and hope, and some outright funny as they portray mindless bigots for what they are.
This book shows us that there may be a way for us to better understand different viewpoints, after all.

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Subhadra Sen Gupta

Subhadra Sen Gupta has written over forty books for children because she thinks they are the best readers in the world. She writes about history, loves cooking up mystery, ghost and adventure stories and dreams up comic books. She was awarded the Bal Sahitya Puraskar by the Sahitya Akademi in 2014.

Rohini Chowdhury

Rohini Chowdhury writes for both children and adults and has more than twenty books and several short stories to her credit. Her published writing is in both Hindi and English, and covers a wide spectrum of literary genres including translations, novels, short fiction, comics and non- fiction. Her most recent publication is the translation of the seventeenth- century Braj Bhasha text Ardhakathanak, widely regarded as the first autobiography in an Indian language, into modern Hindi and into English. Her forthcoming works include an exploration of mathematics in India from ancient times to the modern, and a translation of the Hindi novel Tyagpatra by Jainendra, into English.

Elmo Jayawardena

Elmo Jayawardena was born and educated in Sri Lanka. He is a pilot and the founder–president of AFLAC International, a humanitarian organization working to alleviate poverty. Whilst flying 747s and running a humanitarian organization, Elmo has carved out time to write two award winning novels. Sam’s Story won the Gratiaen Prize for the best book in Sri Lanka in 2001 and The Last Kingdom of Sinhalay won the State Literary Award for the best book in Sri Lanka in 2005. His most recent book is Rainbows in Braille which was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize. All proceeds from the sale of his books are channelled to the poor. In 1999 Forbes Global featured Elmo for his humanitarian work, and Reader’s Digest honoured him as an ‘Everyday Hero’ in 2001.

Ranjit Lal

Ranjit Lal has written fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children. His books for Puffin include The Caterpillar Who went on a Diet and Other Stories, When Banshee Kissed Bimbo and Other Bird Stories, The Battle for No. 19 and Faces in the Water, which won the Crossword Best Children's Book Award in 2010 and the Laadli National Media Award.

Suchitra Krishnamoorthi

Suveen Sinha is the national business editor of Hindustan Times. He writes on a range of issues relating to business, economy, sports and movies. He has been a journalist for twenty-one years, with stints at Business Standard, Business Today and Outlook.

Paro Anand

'A fearless writer and performance storyteller with a big heart' best describes Paro Anand, who was honoured with the Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puraskar Award in 2017 for Wild Child and Other Stories (now published as Like Smoke with additional content) and the Takshila Srijanpeeth Fellowship in 2020-21. She was invited to speak at the Harvard India Conference hosted at the Harvard Kennedy School. Recognized internationally and locally, including by former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, she has headed the National Centre for Children's Literature; interacted with over three lakh people, primarily children in difficult circumstances; and now runs a programme called Literature in Action.

Translated into German and Spanish, No Guns at My Son's Funeral was on the IBBY Honour List. The Little Bird Who Held the Sky Up with His Feet was featured in 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, which is an international gold standard of the world's best children's literature. Her book, Being Gandhi, brings Gandhian values front and centre into contemporary children's lives. She received the Kalinga Karubaki Literary Award for Fearless Women Writers in 2019 and was selected by BBC Hindi for their #100Women Project, a project highlighting the challenges and achievements of women in India. She has a podcast called Literature in Action on Hubhopper.

Gulzar

Gulzar is one of India's most respected scriptwriters, directors and leading poets, and has been one of the most popular lyricists in mainstream Hindi cinema for over five decades. Gulzar has received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002 and the Padma Bhushan in 2004, along with an Oscar and Grammy for the song 'Jai ho'. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award. He lives and works in Mumbai.

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