This silly story starts with upma. Anu doesn’t want to eat her upma. But her mother wants her to. And then, suddenly a cow appears and eats the upma. Throughout the day, the cow keeps entering the frame, unannounced, uninvited. Totally, suddenly.
This silly story is written by the serious author and journalist Sowmya Rajendran. Her book Mayil Will Not Be Quiet (Tulika Books, 2015) won the Bal Sahitya Puraskar, which is an important prize awarded by the very important Sahitya Akademi.
We aren’t 100% sure as to what drove this very serious person to write this very silly book, but it could be because of her lovely little daughter who is impatient, and likes things “suddenly.” Maybe Sowmya tried telling her little one to stop being silly and instead be serious. And then her little one asked Sowmya to stop being serious and instead be silly. And maybe Sowmya listened.And then, well, other things happen too.
This book is very silly, very bizarre, and very funny. If there was an award for the silliest, bizarre-est, and funniest book of the year, then this book would win that award, hands-down.
Unfortunately, because this world is run by adults, there are no awards for the silliest, bizarre-est, and funniest book of the year.
Also, here’s a note for the adults reading this: There are no morals in this book. No hidden morals also. No subtle lessons either. But this book is thoroughly entertaining. Your child will love it!
Ms Moochie Books is an independent publishing house. They publish contemporary Indian books for children. What sets them apart is their unique story → book process. All new stories are taken to classrooms by storytellers. Feedback from the children is passed on to the author. She makes changes. This loop is iterated till the children give the story an emphatic thumbs up, after which the book is made. This allows them to actively involve the reader, i.e the child, in the making of the book.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Made in India