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Reading With Your Kids Podcast Interview With Deepa Agarwal


Today we are delighted to welcome children’s author Deepa Agarwal  from New Delhi, India. Deepa has written about fifty books for children ranging from mystery and adventure novels, ghost stories, stories of everyday life, picture books and biographies, retold folk tales and myths, and compiled textbooks.


In this episode we interviewed Deepa to find out about her personal history, her work and about her latest book Best stories around the world. She also shared some  advice for parents on reading with their kids. Be sure to listen to this episode & find out what she had to say!

Leading publishers like Scholastic India, Puffin Books India, Children’s Book Trust, National Book Trust, Ratnasagar, Rupa & Co., Frank Educational Aids and Vikas have published her work. Her poetry and short fiction has been published in journals like Indian Literature, Indian Horizons and Manushi among others and featured in anthologies. Both her short story collection If the Earth Should Move…and her poetry collection Do Not Weep Lonely Mirror have received critical acclaim as has her translation of Chandrakanta, Devakinandan Khatri’s famous Hindi classic. Though Deepa now lives in the busy and crowded city of New Delhi, She grew up in a very quiet little town in the foothills of the Himalayas. Her stories are set in both these places as well as other interesting ones She has visited.

Best Stories from Around the World is a collection of timeless pieces from the world’s greatest storytellers—Oscar Wilde, O’ Henry, Saki, H.G. Wells, Conan Doyle, Washington Irving and many more. Hailing from different countries such as America, Ireland, the United Kingdom and India, this book is an entertaining consolidation of diverse stories which cover a broad range of topics and themes. While ‘The Gift of the Magi’ resonates with the sense of love and loss, ‘The Selfish Giant’ and ‘Rip Van Winkle’ relives our childhood. Some stories warm your heart, some make you think and some delight you with their magical language while at the same time they explore universal themes and arouse a gamut of responses. A must-have, this book offers a plethora of classics to read and enjoy for any lover of a good story.

Tune in as Deepa talks about her inspiration to write children’s books and mentions that she likes to retell ancient Indian folktales, legends and myths. These stories are from her own experiences, others are just made up. Be sure to listen!

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