Sunday, August 1, 2010

Ponytale Books @ Ghummakkad Narain, Travelling Children’s Festival in Dehradun

Ponytale Books is delighted to partner with UNESCO's 'Donate a Book' initiative launched earlier this year. This path-breaking initiative brings into sharp focus the need to give children wider access to books in order to inculcate reading habits and also provide books to those children who do not have easy access to them.

As part of this initiative, a travelling children's festival in Dehradun, 'Ghummakkad Narain' organised by local NGOs Nivesh and Himalayan Hub for Art and Cultural Heritage (HHACH), was inaugurated by Hon'ble Margaret Alva, Governor of Uttarakhand on July 30th. The 9-week festival will give the children of Dehradun an opportunity to interact with leading authors and illustrators.

Ghummakkad Narain is an elderly gentleman who is extremely fond of books and travels around reading them out to children. He is fun to be with as he makes reading a whole lot of fun. He is a store house of knowledge and has a unique way of sharing it—in the form of stories. He’s loved by both children and the elderly, wherever he goes...

Catch our authors Ramendra Kumar, Nimish Dubey and Sanjay Rawat epitomise the Ghummakkad Narain spirit at the session, 'The Art of telling a Story and the Making of a Book' from 930 am onwards on September 4th 2010 at The Heritage School, Dehradun. Our authors will take the children through the story behind the stories—of how stories are conceived in their minds, both fiction and non-fiction and for edutainment, and how these stories get transformed into a book.

The philosophy behind UNESCO’s ‘Donate a Book’ initiative:
Books are extremely important tools of providing knowledge, transmitting information and introducing us to unknown worlds, enhancing our understanding of the world. In addition books play a meaningful role as psychological and emotional balances and vents that help people overcome trauma caused by a disaster and help them face challenges and look at them rationally through reading. Reading can be escape into worlds of one’s choice or an emotional cushion seeing us through tough times, bringing us back to regular everyday life.

Books cannot be isolated from reading, and reading habits can be inculcated only in those who have the opportunity to read and have an access to books and reading. It is therefore our binding obligation to facilitate the collection of reading material and to bring books to those who do not have access to libraries or the privilege of owning books.

Books are for everyone and we would want every child to have access to books and reading through schools or community libraries. What matters is that each book must be read and enjoyed. It is with this purpose that we bring this festival to our children to bring them closer to books and to reading. To stimulate their imagination and foster their development by helping them understand themselves better. To make books their best friends for life. Our motive is to not just educate children but to retain their interest in studies through reading and sharing so as to make them thinkers and individuals of tomorrow.

Please write to ghummakkadnarainATgmailDOTcom for any query about the travelling children's festival or to sDOTgahiloteATunescoDOTorg to know more about UNESCO's 'Donate a Book' Initiative or to us at ponytalebooksATgmailDOTcom

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Come to meet Sunilbabu, take home Kakababu

Ponytale Books, in association with Starmark, Kolkata, invites you for the launch of English translations of Sunil Gangopadhyay's immensely popular Kakababu novels:

Bhoyonkor Sundor - The Dreadful Beauty translated by Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee

Sobuj Deeper Raja - The King of the Verdant Island translated by Tridiv Chowdhury

at Starmark, South City Mall, Kolkata on Monday, June 7th, 2010 at 6 pm.

The books will be launched by Nirendranath Chakravarty, eminent poet, Chairman of Paschim Banga Bangla Academy and the editor of Anandamela where the first Kakababu story was published.

Also present on the occasion will be Sunil Gangopadhyay, author and President of Sahitya Akademi as well as Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee, translator and Director of K K Birla Foundation for book readings along with Sri Gautam Ghosh, eminent Film-maker.

Come to meet Sunil babu and take home Kakababu...

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Ponytale Books debuts at the World Book Fair

Media Announcement

New Delhi, Sunday, January 31, 2010: Young adult and children's books publisher, Ponytale Books, made its formal debut in the world of books with eleven titles at the 19th World Book Fair being organised by the National Book Trust, India at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, from January 30th to February 7th 2010.

Announcing the launch of Ponytale Books, Pranav Singh, Publisher & CEO, said, “Our research pointed to a dearth of India context reading material for mid-level readers, generally in the age-group of 8 to 15. Therefore, our publishing programme aims to provide some options to keep alive a young minds love for books and their own environment.

“We publish books on Indian history, culture and tradition, as well as universal values that entertain, educate and inform. Ponytale Books offers a wide range of books from original fiction on contemporary themes to inspirational non-fiction, and translations of best of literature from Indian languages for young adults. We are confident that our books will appeal to the schools and parents and be loved by children.”

Ponytale Books’ portfolio spans genres as diverse as literary classics, environment, sports, adventure, mysteries and ghost stories, mostly in Indian settings.

Ponytale Books has also translated works of renowned authors such as Munshi Premchand’s classic short stories from Hindi and Sahitya Akademi President, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay and Samaresh Basu from Bengali, all brimming with adventure.

Sporting Heroes

Not Out: Heroes from the World of SportNimish Dubey

Cover Design by Agantuik
Heroes don't just set records.

They changes lives.

By example. By inspiring others.

Not Out is a collection of instances of heroism from a variety of sports ranging from cricket to football to boxing. These are stories based on real people and events that had a profound effect not just on the world of sport, but on our lives. From the first coloured world champion to the men who played bare feet to win a football tournament, this is a tribute to those sportspersons who braved tremendous odds to emerge victorious.

Some became legends, some remain relatively unknown.

But all of them reflect the spirit of sport in the finest sense.

Buy Not Out: Heroes from the World of Sport at

ISBN 978-93-80637-00-6 / Paperback / B Format / 139 pages / Rs. 150

Curse of Grass

Curse of GrassIra Saxena

Cover Design and Illustrations by Tapas Guha

As early as 1730 A.D. simple women and children of the Thar region in Rajasthan cried, Chipko and hugged the khejari trees to save them from annihilation. The cry echoed throughout the vast emerald patch in the desert—miles and miles of forest cover amidst the ominous sandy claws of growing Thar Desert.

However, their cry did not touch the soldiers, who were carrying out orders to clear the forest for a summer palace.

Hundreds of Bishnoi women, their children accompanied by the men folk—young and old clung—to the khejari trees protectively. The royal decree had converted the soldiers into bloodless brutes; their fierce swords rained terror hacking the non-violent protestors along with the trees. Thar Desert became a scene of a bloody sacrifice to save the environment.

Now, not a blade of grass grows on that patch.

Buy Curse of Grass at

ISBN 978-81-905748-6-0 / Paperback / B Format / 128 pages with 6 b&w illustrations / Rs. 125

Story of a Relationship

Now or NeverRamendra Kumar

Cover Design and Illustrations by Agantuk
He felt the gloved fist crash into him. The searing pain seemed to rip him apart as he landed on the ground. He could hear thousands of young, hopeful voices shouting his name, urging him to get up and smother his opponent. He could also faintly hear the referee beginning his count. He looked up. The person he loved most in his life was in his line of vision. His face had gone white as if he was seeing death itself. He struggled to his feet.

As his opponent came hurtling towards him, he knew he had to make one last-ditch effort. It was now or never…

Buy Now or Never at

ISBN 978-81-905748-8-4 / Paperback / B Format / 112 pages with 6 b&w illustrations / Rs. 125

Some of the best Indian short stories

Selected Short StoriesPremchand
Translated from Hindi by Swapna Dutta & Pranava Kumar Singh

Cover Design by Agantuk
Munshi Premchand brought realism into fiction and introduced the genre of short story while writing in Hindi and Urdu. He wrote in a simple, direct and highly expressive language that reflected the social milieu of his times.

Selected Short Stories brings together seven of Premchand’s masterpieces that transcend time and place. These stories speak of human emotions that have universal appeal—love, sacrifice, compassion, resolve, justice, respect and friendship.

Hamid’s selfless act, Sujan Singh’s quest to identify a suitable candidate for the top post, Bansidhar’s unwavering resolve in face of the power of money, the friendship between Hira-Moti and Jumman-Alagu, the temporary intoxication of Ishwari’s friend and the evolving relationship between two brothers are poignant stories that will be of enduring value to young readers.

Buy Selected Short Stories at

ISBN 978-81-905748-0-8 / Paperback / B Format / 112 pp / Rs. 125

Tales of Mystery and Adventure

Rajdhani Express Mystery and Other StoriesSamaresh Basu
Translated from Bengali by Subha Prasad Nandi Majumdar
Cover design and illustrations by Agantuk

The coach jerked gently as the wheels of the Rajdhani Express started rolling. Gogol was relieved. Finally, his holiday had ended without the tense moments of tracking down culprits and unearthing mysteries.

“Hi Gogol, did you visit Delhi for a vacation this summer?” Gogol had never seen him earlier, yet the stranger posed like an old acquaintance...

Who knew then that he would witness a murder on board the Rajdhani Express and would be whisked away in a car down the dusty highways of Uttar Pradesh...

And two more stories

Buy Rajdhani Express Mystery and Other Stories at

ISBN 978-81-905748-5-3 / Paperback / B Format / 112 pages with 10 b&w illustrations / Rs. 125

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Super Sleuths go digging again

The King of the Verdant IslandSunil Gangopadhyay

Translated from Bengali by Tridiv Chowdhury
Cover Design and Illustrations by Subir Roy

“Do you want to go by ship or plane?”

When Kakababu asked his nephew Santu this question, little did Santu know that the mystery they were to solve this time was wilder than anything he could have imagined.

And once the duo reach their destination—a remote archipelago—they find their investigation blocked by the apathy of the local officials. Undaunted, they plunge headlong into a dense forest on a dreaded island, home of ferocious aboriginals. They encounter a gang of ruthless, trigger-happy foreigners who will stop at nothing. And they come face to face with the man himself—The King of the Verdant Island.

But why have the foreigners come at all? What is the mysterious object that men are ready to die—and kill—for?

All the answers can be found on the pages of The King of the Verdant Island.

Buy The King of the Verdant Island at

ISBN 978-81-905748-9-1 / Paperback / B Format / 124 pages with 6 b&w illustrations / Rs. 125

Super Sleuths on trail of a dreadful, yet beautiful mystery

The Dreadful BeautySunil Gangopadhyay

Translated from Bengali by Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee

Cover Design and Illustrations by Subir Roy
The Dreadful Beauty marks the debut of Sunil Gangopdhyay’s immensely popular character duo of Santu-and Kakababu that has fascinated young readers for generations. The thirteen-year-old Santu is nephew-cum-assistant of Raja Roychowdhury, aka Kakababu, a former high ranking government official.

The Dreadful Beauty leads the duo to Kashmir. Kakababu is trying to discover an important relic from the first-second century AD. Which means that while everyone enjoys the beauty of Kashmir, poor Santu is busy measuring the mountains off Pahelgam-Sonmarg. But Sucha Singh, a powerful don of the area, thinks that Kakababu is in search of the fabled, long-lost gold mines of Kashmir.

Can Kakababu outwit the nosy Sucha Singh? Will the heroic duo help rewrite an important chapter in Indian history? Read the book to find out.

Buy The Dreadful Beauty at

ISBN 978-81-905748-4-6 / Paperback / B Format / 112 pages with 6 b&w illustrations / Rs. 125