DiscoverNew Indian WomanWelcome to a library session with Usha Mukunda - Episode 26
Welcome to a library session with Usha Mukunda  -   Episode 26

Welcome to a library session with Usha Mukunda - Episode 26

Update: 2020-09-26


Experience this very special episode with Usha Mukunda, who is a mentor for librarians across India. Listen to her talk about a few books she has specially curated for this episode and why she recommends these books. Each of these books can be read as an adult or with the children in your life. Is that possible ? Yes, and she tells you why.


She introduces us to some very special authors and where we can get books set in the Indian context in regional languages. She also explains how we can engage with the children and adults in our lives thru books.


And if you are new to reading, you could not have asked for more. She guides us on what books to start reading and how to make it a joyful experience.


And if you are already into reading, she shares how you can play a role in your community/neighbourhood.


What the New Indian Woman podcast is about

As you may already be aware, this podcast has 2 focus areas. One, We examine the challenges faced by today's Indian woman and proposes ACTIONABLE strategies in the Indian context, on a wide variety of topics - right from identifying their passion to better productivity and parenting.  Second,  We meet women who chose to aspire or have a dream beyond their defined roles  and facilitates sharing of what worked and what didn’t, for them. Today's episode falls in the first category.


And in the process, my aim is to help  you, the new Indian woman, to realize your potential, chase your dreams and aspirations, utilize the wonderful opportunities available in today's world.


What's in this episode:

We start with an introduction on the kind of books Usha Mukunda has carefully chosen for this episode. The first is a book from the famous Mahashweta Devi and Usha Mukunda explains what the book is about, relevance of this book, the illustrations and why this book should be seen in the context of who the author is.  She even shares Mahashweta Devi's views on why one should read books.  Usha then goes on to share why Mahashweta Devi is her heroine.




Then she talks about the role of illustrators and how they influence and lift the story and our imagination. Thru the next children's book she shares about equality and  how activism need not be at the cost of one's family.


The conversation moves on to how some books need to be read again and again over many years and the importance of books in regional languages and set in Indian context.


We examine the next book that also talks about history and start discussing on reading aloud to children.


Then she shares valuable tips on how to start reading or introduce reading to your children. She then gives recommendations to find good books - where to look for them, what all to try out, she even suggests wordless books!! And then, even if you don’t read she suggests you do something else..

For this and even wonderful tips on how to engage with your neighbourhood govt school through reading, listen on.


Then she moves on to share a very different kind of book and explains why she chose it..


And guess what, she would be happy to interact with you and suggest books for you. What do you need to do ? Yes, listen to the episode for the next steps.


Scroll down to see the beautiful covers of the books and  links to buy these books and other links referred in this episode.



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Welcome to a library session with Usha Mukunda  -   Episode 26

Welcome to a library session with Usha Mukunda - Episode 26