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Grandparents' Bag of Stories Paperback – 16 November 2020

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In a world of Alexa and audiobooks, Murty is one of the very few writers keeping the art of traditional storytelling via the elderly (read grandparents) alive through her work. Murty's stories transport you into the calm and comfort of the golden days.

Grandparents' Bag of Stories (Book Review): Lockdown lessons for the young
Once again, Sudha Murty, with her maternal vibe, sits down to her young readers and opens her bag of stories. This time, the storyteller pulls out a utopian lockdown handbook for children. When the future generation sits down to uncover the year of the pandemic, Murty's Grandparents' Bag of Stories will reveal what a day in the lockdown amid the global pandemic looked like. Published by Puffin Books, the book is second in her series of grandparents' stories, the first being Grandma's Bag of Stories.
The parents, reeling under pressures of working from home, decide to send their children to the grandparents' home right before the lockdown and the rest is all 'a story'. As one flips pages, Murty's spell deepens and one travels down memory lane, into juvenescence. A summer dream blossoming in grandparents' backyards begins. Each of her stories comes with an important life lesson for the children. Her stories of rice and wheat teach one the importance of foodgrains during troubled times like that of the lockdown. The Magic Beans teaches not to be greedy, The Goddess of Luck teaches the importance of good karma, The Mouse that Became a Mouse tells us to accept what has been given to us, A Word of Honour tells one to be true to his word, A Ship on the Land teaches one that skills and talent matter more than appearance and The Greatest Medicine of All talks about how a disease grips the world every hundred years, its dangers and that hygiene is the greatest medicine of all.
In a world of Alexa and audiobooks, Murty is one of the very few writers keeping the art of traditional storytelling via the elderly (read grandparents) alive through her work. Murty's stories transport you into the calm and comfort of the golden days. Her first reviewers are undoubtedly her grandchildren. "I miss my grandchildren very much as they live in London, so whenever I write a story, I call them over Zoom and narrate it. They loved The Arrival of Rice and the Children, A World of Wheat and The Magic Beans stories. They were fascinated to hear stories of their origins. I try and narrate one story a day to them," she tells us.
Murty affectionately gifts children life lessons blended with our own traditions in her stories. What's Luck Got to do with It boasts of the Indian traditional education system where lessons were imparted through stories. She carefully notes the stark difference with the western school of thought where stories are rather bedtime narrations. In Forty Days of Quarantine, grandparents set a timetable for homeschooling children while teaching traditional games like hopscotch, scrabble, snakes and ladders and ludo and how to contribute in the household chores, away from the world of online life.

What is a Sudha Murty book without lessons in philanthropy? Rightfully so, the philanthropist in Murty doesn't resist weaving autobiographical elements in the narrative. "The experiences have been toned down in the stories. I was extremely busy during the entire duration of the lockdown. I wanted children to learn to help elders during the lockdown and so penned down the experiences as stories." In the book, Ajja and Ajji prepare ration kits and meals to help the needy with help from the children and in the process, teach them the importance of giving-Murty's favourite lesson.

But Murty was not a born storyteller. Rather, she derives inspiration from her growing up years. "When I was growing up in my village, there was no electricity or phones and so people passed their time talking. My grandparents have told me thousands of stories and that is why I too love sharing them."
To sum up, Sudha Murty's social media bio best describes her being and her writings are a mirror- simple living and high thinking! From her sober appearance to her clean and colloquial writing style, she embodies simplicity with her words.

-- Reya Malhotra ― Financial Express Published On: 2020-12-20

Written in Murty's simple and pleasant style, this book will be a great companion for any child during this lockdown. In the years to come it can be bought to teach other generations what it was like for children during the pandemic. -- timesofindia.com ― Times Of India Published On: 2021-01-06

The assortment of stories that include tales of kings and jungles, princesses and serpents, beanstalks and rice, and more - not only promise fun and adventure to the readers but are also swaddled in wonderful and important lessons of life.
The paperback has lovely illustrations by Priya Kurien and is priced at INR 250. The stories are short and easy to read or be read out to.
As with Grandma's Bag of stories, this book has a wonderful range of stories that fill our hearts, make us smile, and fire up our imaginations. It is amazing to see how Mrs. Sudha Murthy has created these tales during the lockdown period that show children a terrific way to see the magic in helping others through tough times. She is also a perfect role model to show effective and creative utilization of time. A riveting read for anyone who loves stories, this book is perfect for every child's bookshelf.

-- The Rabbit Hole Children's Bookstore ― Kidengage.com Published On: 2020-11-12

The author Sudha Murthy has no doubt done a wonderful job of highlighting the importance of family bondings. In between the storytelling sessions, the family chores are very well inserted by the author. The concept of the grandmother telling a story a day is really nice as it keeps the stories length at a pace enough for young readers to carry on with their reading habit.
This book is truly one of the finest books of short stories. The language used in the book is simple and easy to understand with the inclusion of new words for kids to learn. I would recommend this to be a part of your kid's books library. Do grab your edition here and enjoy reading it with your kids.

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A must-read book for each one of us, especially for the Lil ones. -- Vidhya Thakkar ― vidhyathakkar.com Published On: 2020-12-05

About the Author

Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon, north Karnataka. She did her MTech in computer science, and is now the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written novels, technical books, travelogues, collections of short stories and non-fiction pieces, and six bestselling books for children. Her books have been translated into all the major Indian languages. Sudha Murty is the recipient of the R.K. Narayan Award for Literature (2006), the Padma Shri (2006) and the Attimabbe Award from the Government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada literature (2011)

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  • Publisher : Puffin (16 November 2020); Penguin Random House India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0143451847
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0143451846
  • Reading age : 8 - 14 years
  • Item Weight : 170 g
  • Dimensions : 12.7 x 20.32 cm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Importer : IN
  • Packer : Penguin Random House
  • Generic Name : Book
  • Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in India on 23 November 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars One more amazing story book from Sudha Murty
By Vijaylakshmi Rathore on 23 November 2020
Amazing stories with life changing lessons. Loved it. As always Sudha Murty's books are must read. In the time of lockdown, her stories have proved to be of great relief. Yay! I got a signed copy. Thanks Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for kids to read and learn
By Jyotirmayee B. on 14 April 2021
Very nice story book with simple language to understand for kids. My daughter likes reading stories. She used to read with great interest and can understand fully. Like Sudha maam told books are never failing friends. Happy with this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for children
By Rima Roy on 6 December 2020
Written in simple english.easy to read by my child himself. We all can relate to the stories. Thank you mam. Thank you Amazon.
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