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About the Author
He has a special penchant for casting for children’s films and has worked
in Chillar Party, Nil Battey Sannata, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Dangal. When
Mukesh is not busy making films, he can be found reading and writing
children’s stories, eating Punjabi cuisine or playing gully cricket.
Neha Singh loves telling stories, using books, theatre and films as
different mediums. She has authored two picture books for children—The
Wednesday Bazaar and Bela Missed Her Train—published by Karadi Tales.
She also helps children and adults rekindle their imagination through her
Sonal Gupta Vaswani is an artist, illustrator and an animator, based in
Mumbai. She has illustrated several books for children for Fisher Price,
Karadi Tales, UNICEF and Pratham.
From the Publisher
In Conversation with Neha Singh
THE WATERMELON GOD
All those who want to take part in the fancy dress competition tomorrow, raise your hands,’ Suman Ma’am said to the students of class one. Nandu raised his hand immediately. Suman Ma’am noted down his name in her notebook.
Nandu turned to his friend Shivam and asked, ‘Who will you come dressed as tomorrow?’ ‘I will be king,’ Shivam replied. ‘Me too!’ Nandu said. ‘Copy cat!’ Shivam muttered. ‘I had already decided that I will be the king. You are a copy cat!’ Nandu complained. ‘Anyhow, I will get the first prize,’ Shivam retorted. ‘What’s going on there? Stop talking. Finger on your lips!’ Suman Ma’am screamed.
Nandu reached home, kept his school bag in his room and rushed to the kitchen where his mother was cooking. ‘Mummy, its fancy dress competition in school tomorrow. Should I go as king?’ Nandu asked her with excitement. ‘Where will we get a king’s costume from, right now? Eat your lunch. Let me figure something out,’ his mother said as she served him lunch.
Nandu’s mother brought a large, green costume with her. Nandu couldn’t tell if it was a tree or a parrot. ‘How will this be? A large and green watermelon,’ Mummy chuckled. A watermelon? Nandu’s dreams of being king were already shattered, but to go dressed as a watermelon didn’t appeal to him one bit. Shivam and the others would laugh at him.
‘Can’t you make a king’s costume, Mummy? Even a prince would do.’ Nandu seemed disappointed. ‘If you had told me a day or two earlier I could have made it. I had made this costume for your brother three years ago. And what is wrong with this costume? Bhaiyya had got the first prize that year!’ Mummy exclaimed.
Suman Ma’am had already noted his name in her notebook. If he now backed out of the competition, he would get a nice firing. Nandu didn’t see how he could escape being a watermelon. The next day Nandu took a bath and then wore the costume. It fit him perfectly.
From head to toe, a hard, round and dark green watermelon. When he saw himself in the mirror, he admitted to himself that he looked exactly like a big watermelon. Nandu was happy. The first prize was his today. ‘You are definitely going to win the prize, just like bhaiyya,’ Mummy said affectionately.
He reached the bus stop. The school bus was approaching. He saw Shivam sitting at the window, dressed like a king. A golden crown, beads around his neck, shiny red coat and he was holding a small sword too. He had even painted a large, bushy moustache on himself. Nandu was sad now. Shivam was sure to laugh at him when he would see him as a watermelon instead of a king.
How could a watermelon match up to a king? The entire school would mock him. And what if Shivam swung his sword on the mere watermelon? That would be really humiliating.
The bus was still at a distance. Nandu ran and hid behind the wall. He spotted a truck close by. He quickly climbed into the truck and lay down on its floor. The bus driver honked, but Nandu didn’t move. The bus driver gave up and the bus moved on. Nandu was just about to get off the truck but the truck started moving too.
Now all he could do was to just remain hidden in the truck. The truck was filled with a fruity fragrance. Nandu looked around. Fruits everywhere! Bananas, apples, guavas, pears and watermelons! What luck! ‘Wherever the truck stops now, I will get off and go home.’ Nandu dozed off as he made these plans.
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- Item Weight : 200 g
- Paperback : 156 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-8129148131
- ISBN-10 : 8129148137
- Product Dimensions : 20 x 14 x 4 cm
- Publisher : Rupa Publications India (23 August 2017)
- Reading level : 8 - 16 years
- Language: : English
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