Wednesday, September 27, 2006


"Wouldn't you love to read a story about something which is bigger than the Big Bigger Biggest that you have ever known? Step into the wonderland of magical raindrops and unbelievable kites ..."

The Hindu
(Young World, October 21, 2005)
Magic in the sky

A raindrop, a magical one, changes the course of the day.

Flying kites is fun. But, it can get adventurous too like it did for Seetu. It was just a raindrop — a truly magical one — that changed the course of her day. When Seetu takes her kite out to dry it begins to drift stealthily from her hands. Soon she realises that even without a string she could manoeuvre the kite up the sky. She pretends to tug at a make-believe string and the kite goes higher and higher, and what more, it grows bigger and bigger.

People rush out of their homes to fly their own kites, inspired by the big one, rather the biggest one there ever was — as huge as an aeroplane. And the village bears a festive look — people cheering and jumping joyfully beneath a multi-coloured sky.

The day is done and only Seetu and her brother Kittu are out in the moonlight, still flying the giant-size kite. What would happen if they bring it down? Will the kite still be as big, or become an ordinary one? Perplexed for a while, Seetu decides what to do. She is happy, and believes the kite will be too.

Breathtaking illustrations by Bindia Thapar are sure to keep the reader from putting the book down long after the story is done. The pictures in astounding colours bring the characters and the setting alive.

- Subajayanthi B

The New Indian Express
(School Magazine, September 6, 2006)

Geeta Dharmarajan's The Magic Raindrop is a tale full of childhood fantasies and a yearning to break free. Using a metaphor of a kite, Geeta seems to suggest that all things are best left to their natural habitat.

Seetu and Kittu are siblings who, like many other children, own a colourful kite. With a twist of events, a big fat raindrop falls on the kite, and makes it grow so huge that it appears larger than life. Ultimately, when the kite grows too big to hold on, Seetu lets go off the strings, and it flies away to lands unknown.

The illustrations by Bindia Thapar brings to life the characters, and the multi-coloured kites that kiss the sky. The use of bright and bold shades of reds, blues and greens breathe life into the pages, and you can almost hear the swish of kites fluttering past you.

The last three pages of the book gives you an enlightening view into the traditions of kite flying all around the globe. Kites are not just flown for entertainment, the Thais and the Nepalese send kites up with secret prayers to the gods.

- Sujata Chakrabarti

About the author

About the illustrator
Bindia Thapar
Publishers: Katha
Also available in Hindi
Age Group: 4-7 years
32 pages, size 11 x 8.5
ISBN 81-89020-28-5 [HB]
ISBN 81-89020-27-7 [PB]
ISBN 81-89020-35-8 [Hindi]
Price: Rs150 [HB] [in India and the subcontinent]
Rs 100 [PB]
Rs 80 [Hindi]


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