Parents often wonder how to introduce India to their children and often there is hesitation with regard to travelling in India with children. Times have changed, our infrastructure, hygiene levels and travelling in between cities is much friendlier now.
Destinations are easily accessible and there is plenty for children to do. From enjoying a beach holiday to exploring the jungles and partaking in the festivities of Indian culture, all members of the families can enjoy. Hotels have activities for the young ones, they provide nannies and baby-sitting options. There are even food menus customized for children.
A nice way to excite the children about the destination and make them part of the decision process is to introduce them to Indian stories. Inspiring Indian authors for children include the contemporary Anushka Ravishankar, Shals Mahajan, Gita Wolf, Indu Harikumar, Mala Dayal..there are so many and the classic ones like Satyajit Ray and Mahasweta Devi.
Not to forget, the quintessential Indian comic books we all grew up on, Amar Chitra Katha series. And, the first audio books covering the Panchatantra stories from Buddhism, Karadi Tales, narrated in a simple yet engaging manner by well-known artists.
Most of these books can be ordered online. Here are some of our favourites:
The Complete Adventures of Feluda by Satyajit Ray
Recommended for children of 13+ years
Amar Chitra Katha
Recommended for children between 6-8 years.
Our Incredible Cow by Mahasweta Devi
Recommended for children of 6+ years.