Hindi and Tamil Water

This is a post about my book Water – not the water flowing in Hindi and Tamil lands but my picture book, which is now officially published in Hindi and Tamil, although I know not which one is Hindi and which one is Tamil. And it is available from all good bookstores here in India – well at least from the National Book Trust. How wonderful it is to hold this new edition in my hands.

This afternoon, Wednesday, we were collected in a Government of India car and transported to the office of the National Book Trust. A lovely gathering of people were there to celebrate the launch, and after introductions and greetings and welcomes – and unwrapping the actual translated books as well – there was the reading of Water in English, Hindi and Tamil, page by page in tandem. An interview with staff from the Mail Today was also part of the afternoon at NBT. Then it was time for me to present a very short 20 minute talk on children’s books and publishing in Australia that I originally thought was going to be for 1 1/2 hours. Talk about cutting your speech! A bundle of NBT books were presented to both of us, an NBT tradition for visitors, and then High Tea. My High Tea was consumed with answering questions and talking to people so rapidly we were being bundled into the car once more (after another interview) and shuttled off to Spice of India (not for food but for a SCBWI meeting) which is near the offices of Young Zabuden publishers for my next engagement.

It was just super being here in India and being able to present a SCBWI workshop and discussion session, this time on writing non-fiction that included non-members as well as SCBWI members. The evening presentation whizzed by (even Bini thought so) – and all too soon 1 1/2 hours was up and an enthusiastic and satisfied gathering left. A background in zoo education and writing zoo signs is very beneficial for this session! Their notes on my workshop are here on their blog. The Indian SCBWI crew are just wonderful. Congratulations team!

Oh and today’s feasting … nearly ALL Indian … I often don’t know what I am consuming, but I do know that it is an Indian speciality! Yummy yummy food.

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