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Suggested By: Himanjali Sankar

Bookaholicanonymous is extremely happy to present this listing by Hiamanjali Sankar. She gives us a list of 10 books by Indian authors whom she loved reading…


Himanjali Sankar grew up in Kolkata. She completed her Masters and MPhil in English Literature from JNU, New Delhi. She has taught English to undergraduate students and been an editor with various publishing houses. Now she is now Editorial Director of Simon & Schuster IndiaHer first book for children, The Magical Adventures of Skinny Scribbles, was published in May 2012. 


Disclaimer by Himanjali: “I haven't been reading children's books the last few years so these are old favourites and limited by the fact that I haven't read enough children's books after becoming an adult”.

Moin and the Monster by Anushka Ravishankar


One night, in the dim darkness of his room, Moin heard something shuffling and sniffling under his bed. It is a monster, and soon Moin has to learn to live with the monster and its habits, which include a love for bananas, singing, and new hairstyles. However, keeping the monster a secret from his parents and teachers is a tough task, and finally Moin decides that the only thing to do is to send the monster back where it came from . . .

The Mystery of the Secret Hair Oil Formula by Asha Nehemiah


Peopled with oddballs like a maniacal scientist and a sentimental wrestler, this is a hilarious adventure story with wacky illustrations that enhance the humor.

Flat-track Bullies by Balaji Venkataraman


When the going gets tough, SCOOT. It's a world of flat-track bullies. Happy annual vacation, folks! I am Ravi, Ravi Venkatesan. You can just call me Ravi. Vacation or no vacation I do two types of things. One: things that make me happy. Two: things that make mom happy.

Sample this: Playing with friends, video games, chatting with girls, dreaming, sleeping ...

Attending school, special classes and competitions ...
I guess I don’t need to explain which one of the above lists is mine. But then, who wants to go to the BANANA boring classes when I can play and go Jumping Japang with the gang?

Queen of Ice by Devika Rangachari


Didda, princess of Lohara, is beautiful, intelligent – and lame.Despised by her father and bullied by his heir, Didda’s childhood is miserable and her future bleak.When she is married off to the dissolute ruler of Kashmira, she must learn to hold her own in a court ridden with factions and conspiracies. But Didda is no ordinary queen. Ruthless and ambitiou, she wants to rewrite history. Will she succeed?

Wordygurdyboom by Sampurna Chattarji (translation of Satyajit Ray's Aabol Tabol)


‘If you hear this you will find your heads are getting muddled, Some of you will fathom fully, some will stay befuddled.’ The Bengali language has never been quite so much a living, breathing creature of whimsy as in Sukumar Ray’s hands, and his creations—wild and wicked, dreamy and delirious—have thrilled children and adults alike. 

The Grasshopper's Run by Siddhartha Sarma


In this brilliantly written debut novel, Siddharth Sarma brings to vivid life a little-known slice of history from the time of World War II in Asia. The time when the Imperial Japanese Army, undefeated everywhere on the Asian mainland, finally invades British India through the east. A fortnight before the main invasion, an ambitious and amoral Japanese officer orders the massacre of a village of the Ao Naga tribe. Among those killed is Uti, grandson of the eldest Ao chief. Gojen Rajkhowa was Uti's best friend. When Uti's grandfather declares a private war against the Japanese, Gojen resolves to journey to Kohima, where the battle for 'The Stalingrad of the East' has just begun.

There's a Ghost in my PC by Payal Dhar

Twelve-year-old Madhu's laptop houses a ghost. She keeps this secret, after all, who would believe her if she told them? But her younger sister, Kumuda, knows something fishy is afoot. The ten-year-old fancies herself as a bit of an investigator which lands her in a lot of trouble.This book tells the funny and interesting story of these two girls and their family and friends.

When She Went Away by Andaleeb Wajid

Sixteen year old Maria Suleiman wakes up one morning to find her mother missing. Their breakfasts are laid out on the dining table as are their packed school lunches. And there is a note on the fridge that says ‘Leaving you and the kids. Khudahafiz.’  Maria and her younger brother Saud’s life goes topsy turvy.

Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami


Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library next to her apartment building. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something.

Unbroken by Nandhika Nambi


 Unbroken follows Akriti, a south Indian girl with a North Indian name who has gone through something terrible. ... And she’s come out on the other side a bitter and angry young woman. ... And she has quickly lost most of her friends and is in extreme danger of losing the remaining two.

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