Thursday, May 19, 2016

Review of Ganesh by Subhadra Sen Gupta ( Illustrations by Tapas Guha



Book Name         - Ganesh

Author                  - Subhadra Sen Gupta & Tapas Guha ( Illustration)

Publisher              - Red Turtle (Rupa Publications)

Number of Pages - 42

Publishing Year   - 2016

Edition                  - Hardcover

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 Rating : 4.5

Blurb
Meet Ganesh, the potbellied elephant-headed god, always accompanied by his faithful assistant, the rat. Known as the remover of obstacles, he is prayed to before every new beginning. But do you know why Ganesh has an elephant’s head? Or why he has only one tusk? And what is his connection with the waxing and waning of the moon? 
In this fun retelling of the most popular stories associated with Ganesh, find the answers to these questions and more. Accompanied by beautiful illustrations that bring the stories alive, this book will appeal to every child and the child in all adults.

My Review
Writing Children's book seems to be an easy task but it is not as easy as it seems. One should think as a child. Put them in the child's shoes. It should be easily comprehensible yet money-worth.

Ganesh is one such book. The story of the cute little elephant god is sure to impress the children. Ganesh is always the favorite god of Indians.Hence the title itself is th attraction. The four stories How Ganesh lost his head, Ganesh loses a tusk, Ganesh versus Karthik and Ganesh curses the moon are the four titles. The four stories give a glimpse on different instances of 'Ganesh Charith.'

Illustrations by Tapas Guha adds to the attraction.  Some more stories could have been added to make the book worth the money spent. Yet I would not think twice before buying this book for my kids.
Reviewed for the publisher
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author
Subhadra Sen Gupta has written over thirty books for children including mysteries, adventures, ghost stories, comic books and books on history. To her surprise, the Sahitya Akademi thought she is doing a good job and gave her the Bal Sahitya Puraskar in 2014. Right now she is waiting for a time machine so that she can travel to the past and join Emperor Akbar for lunch. She loves to travel, flirt with cats and chat with auto-rickshaw drivers. If you want to discuss anything under the sun with her, email her at subhadrasg@gmail.com.a