Publication Date: May 8, 2012
In the village of Baddbaddpur, the people like to tell tales, “so tall that if you put them one on top of the other, they would reach the stars.” Pandurang is so dour that he can make milk turn sour. One day he coughs up a feather. As the story of Pandurang’s feather is passed from one person to another it grows and grows and grows until it can hardly be recognized. And that’s when the story weaves its magic on the ill-tempered Pandurang. An international version of “broken telephone” this is a funny cautionary tale about the nature of rumors.
Anushka Ravishankar studied mathematics and is now a well-known Indian children’s writer, with over ten books of verse, fiction, and non-fiction to her credit. Her special talent is nonsense verse. She brilliantly adapts this difficult genre to Indian English usage without a false note.
Kanyika Kini graduated in communication design from Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology in Bangalore, India. She is deeply committed to sustainable design and traditional art. She now lives in Munich and freelances as a designer and illustrator.
“…The Rumor is a brilliantly written tale…. Combining elements of humour and nonsense into an Indian tale, along with Anushka Ravishankar’s wonderful verse writing, this cautionary tale of rumours is a fun and enjoyable read for any child or parent….”
—Highly Recommended, CM Magazine
“A multicultural –and universal –lesson on the dangers of gossip…. The warm, jewel-toned illustrations play with perspective…. A playful take on a familiar cautionary tale is enlivened by Subcontinental flair.”