Ms. Spitz reviews books by two Indian authors,
The Enigma of Karma | by Raja Mohanty
Folk Tales of Uttarakhand | by Deepa Agarwal
Caravan to Tibet by Deepa Agarwal
AS TWENTY-FIRST century juggernauts of globalization and technology ride roughshod over regional cultures, there is a risk that precious legacies—oral, visual, and dramatic—are being lost. How will we preserve local customs, idiosyncratic habits of speech and dialect, humor, folklore, imagery, symbols, and artistic techniques—all with their concomitant wisdom? Sensitive editors of children’s books are grappling with these questions.
India may serve as an instructive guide....
(Caravan to Tibet, a novel given me while I was last in India by Anto Thomas Chakramakkil of the Children's Literature Association of India, is reviewed on our sdsubookreviews.blogspot.com. A fascinating, enjoyable book-- A.A.)
AND JOIN US AT SDSU APRIL 16 AND 17 FOR TWO TALKS BY INDIA'S Children's Author ANUSHKA RAVISHANKAR:
April 16, 7-9 p.m., LL-430, Living Writers Series, with poet Garth Greenwell
April 17, 2-3:30, AL-100, with Iranian children's author Mina Javaherbin (The Secret Message)