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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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Overview

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: Puffin

Published: Feb/2020

ISBN: 9780143451037

Length : 120 Pages

A Clear Blue Sky

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

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 thirty books for children, including mysteries, historical adventures, ghost stories and comic books. She is the recipientof the Sahitya Akademi's 2014 Bal Sahitya Puraskar.

Rohini Chowdhury

Rohini Chowdhury is a renowned translator and writer. Her translations include, among others, Banarasidas's Ardhakathanak: A Half Story for Penguin Classics.

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 most recent books for Puffin were The Caterpillar Who Went on a Diet and Other Stories, When Banshee Kissed Bimbo and Other Bird Stories and The Battle for No. 19.

Suchitra Krishnamoorthi

Suchitra Krishnamoorthi is an actor, singer, painter and poet. The Summer of Cool is her first of four books in the Swapnalok Society series.

Paro Anand

Paro Anand writes novels, short stories and plays for children, young adults and adults. She earlier headed the National Centre for Children’s Literature at the National Book Trust, India. She runs a podcast on HubHopper called Literature in Action. Her books have won many awards including the Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puruskar (2017), the IBBY Honors List (2006) and the the Kalinga Karubaki Award (2019)._x000D_ Taposhi Ghoshal is a freelance illustrator based in Delhi. She has worked with many NGOs and publishing houses, including Katha, Amnesty International, Pratham Books and National Book Trust, among others. Her books have won many awards, including the IBBY Honor (2007 and 2008) and her work has been exhibited internationally. She is currently teaching at Riyaaz, an academy for illustrators._x000D_

Gulzar

Gulzar is one of India’s leading poets; he has published a number of volumes of poetry and short stories (several of which are available in translation) and is also regarded as one of the country’s finest writers for children. A greatly respected scriptwriter and film director, he has been one of the most popular lyricists in mainstream Hindi cinema, gaining international fame when he won an Oscar and a Grammy for the song ‘Jai ho’. Gulzar received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002 and the Padma Bhushan in 2004. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award. He lives and works in Mumbai. Pavan K. Varma is the author of The Great Indian Middle Class, Being Indian, Becoming Indian and several other books. After a long and distinguished diplomatic career, he served as cultural adviser to the chief minister of Bihar, and was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 2014 to 2016.

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