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In Conversation with Deepa Agarwal, author of “Sacked: Folk Tales You Can Carry Around”
The folk tales are loved by all children, especially the little ones! As Kids, all of us were treated to countless stories by our parents and grandparents and disappearing into another world where dragons fly and princes fight. Today on the Reading With Your Kids podcast we are going to relive that moment. Yes, you read that right! We’re mega excited to welcome back author Deepa Agarwal, one of our favorite children’s book authors from New Delhi, India to share with us her newly released children’s book titled “Sacked: Folk Tales You Can Carry Around”.
Deepa’s book is a collection of 15 traditional Indian folktales with characters both real and imaginary, perfect to share with children that will make reading time fun for them. Each story is based out of a different city and town across India and brings out a local flavor thus making them more relatable to the kids. a rich combination of history, fable, and illustrations that engage and teach children the importance of India’s cultural diversity.
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. We also ask her about inspiration and ideas for Sacked: Folk Tales You Can Carry Around.
Grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back, and enjoy the interview!
Here’s more information about Deepa Agarwal
Deepa Agarwal, nee Rawat, was born in Almora, Uttarakhand, a small town in the Himalayan region of India. Her father was a doctor and her mother a schoolteacher. One of six siblings, Deepa spent her childhood in the picturesque Kumaon region which forms the background of many of her books. Childhood escapades have provided material for stories like “Fire”, which is about an incident when she and her friend accidentally set the pine forest around her home on fire. Deepa’s family history too has inspired books like CARAVAN TO TIBET. Her grandfather belonged to a nomadic tribe known as the Shaukas, who traveled to Tibet to trade. After he converted to Christianity and married an indigo planter’s daughter, he had to leave his community and settled in Almora.
Deepa did her master’s in English from the University of Allahabad, where she met her future husband Dilip. She taught English in a Delhi University college for a few years then opted to become a homemaker. In the mid 80’s she took up free-lance writing and eventually made a name in the genre of children’s books. Deepa writes poetry and fiction for adults as well and has translated Hindi classics like CHANDRAKANTA into English.
At present Deepa lives in Delhi, India. She has three daughters, Garima, Sonali and Geetika and five grandchildren: Adya, Kartik, Aanya, Anika, and Ahan.
More about Sacked! Folk Tales You Can Carry Around
Wily old women, a clever nanny goat, a helpful snake, a boy who becomes invisible, a sorcerer king … Peopled with extraordinary beings both real and magical, human and divine, animal and demon this is a charming collection of folktales that has humor, fantasy, and adventure in equal measure. Quirky illustrations add to the charm of this collection of folktales retold in a lively, contemporary style.
Click the Amazon link below to grab a copy of Sacked: Folk Tales You Can Carry Around and we’re sure your kids would love to read this book over and over again!
In this episode of theReading with Your Kids Podcast, you’ll hear:
- What is Sacked: Folk Tales You Can Carry Around all about?
- How did Deepa decide to become a writer?
- From where did she get the idea for stories for her new book?
- What kind of experience Deepa wanted to share with kids through her folktales
- Her book is a collection of traditional Indian folktales so how will it attract kids from all over the world?
- Importance of reading with your kids and spending time with them and making beautiful memories to cherish for a lifetime.
- What is she currently working on, where can people find her online and much more.
A big thank you to Deepa Agarwal for joining us and for sharing her wonderful book with us!
Where online can people find Deepa Agarwal
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