10.30 AM – 11.30 AMTime Detectives: Finds from the Past Get set to traverse magical realms of Indian archaeology with Devika Cariapa the author of India Through Archaeology: Excavating History. Travel through some ‘star’ sites — Bhimbetka and the Harappan cities; Dress, act and think like an archaeologist; Examine artefacts; Tap your detective skills to find and interpret data they may reveal. Psssst…fun alert: There may be dirt and digging involved!
11.40 AM – 12.30 PMWhat’s in that Tree, Ammuchi?An interactive session with Sharanya Manivannan the author of The Ammuchi Puchi, a picture book for children on bereavement and healing. It will include discussions about diversity, exchange of ghost stories, and a book reading. The session will end with a colouring activity, where you will be “collaborating” with Sharanya to draw your own version of the story.
12.40 PM – 1.30 PMTreasure-Hunt at the Train Station Have you ever found treasure at a railway station? Join Joeanna Rebello as she and her book, Treasure at the Train Station: A Mumbai Adventure, take you on a rip-roaring ride through the grandest railway station in India — Victoria Terminus (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus). Plus, go on to discover some of the most fascinating railway stations around the world, and the treasures they hide.
10.00 AM – 11.00 AMSpectabulous StoriesIt’s the first day of grade six and Nimmi is sure it is going to be wonderful, but she is in for the surprise (or shock?) of her life, as she deals with bus bullies, finds friends, and meets a teacher who looks like a thirsty vampire, in the book Nimmi’s Spectabulous Schooldays. Get down to conjuring up your own wonderful words and imagining the most terricked teacher possible, with the book’s author Shabnam Minwalla.
11.10 AM – 12.00 NOONI Need to Pee, You Need to Pee, We All Need to Pee! Have you ever been in a situation where you want to pee so badly but there isn’t a toilet in sight? Like Rahi in the book I Need to Pee, do you also love drinking water and juice and nariyal pani, and then needs to do susu all the time? Join author Neha Singh as she talks about all the icky, sticky, yucky adventures that you may have been on in search of clean and safe toilets.
12.05 PM – 1.00 PMCritters that Crawl Here is a fun fact: Did you know that there are 232 characters that have been inspired by insects and featured in the DC Comics and Marvel comics? Through the book The Insect Boy, Shobha will give a peek into the world of some marvellous critters and incredible discoveries about them. Suitable for insect lovers, but more suitable for those who dislike them!
10.00 AM – 11.15 AMNaughty Krishna, Brave Hanuman and Tirupati Tour – with Amma! Join Bhakti Mathur as she narrates spectacular tales about the adventures of Hanuman and Krishna (from the Amma Tell Me series) and about Tirupati and the Dargah of Salim Chishti (from Amma Take Me series.) Listen to the stories in this interactive session, and ask away any questions you may have!
12.00 NOON – 1.00 PMThe Lies We Tell Age group: 14 – 16 years
How many of you have, at some point in your life, told lies — small ones, big ones, white lies, and ones that give you a thrill, and other times, ones that make you feel guilty? Why do things happen the way they do, and make us lie? Through Irfan’s story in The Lies We Tell, we will get a better understanding because fictional characters and stories can surprise and shock us into new ways of confronting and understanding ourselves. The session by the book’s author Himanjali Sankar will address some basic questions — Why do we need to step out of our own skins And into those of others? Why is it important to talk about mental health?