Simran Lal, on Good Eartha��s first book, The Story of Babur, for children
For nearly two decades, Good Earth has made its mark as an aggregator of quality products, ranging from home dA�cor to apparel and accessories. Now, the brand that boasts a worldwide client base, has forayed into publishing, with The Story of Babur, a book for children. Conceptualised by CEO Simran Lal, written by Parvati Sharma and illustrated by Urmimala Nag, the book is co-published by Good Earth Publications and Puffin Books India. a�?While reading books to my two little boys and my young niece and nephew, I realised that almost all the books I read to them are not Indiana��they were lovely but didna��t tell our stories,a�? says Lal, pointing out that only a few Indian childrena��s books were well written, illustrated and of good print quality. a�?I felt the need for books that told stories about Indiaa��s history,a�? she adds. While searching for a subject that would excite tots, she decided upon the branda��s a�?eternal inspirationa�?, the Mughals.
a�?We get so much of our inspiration from the Mughals that I thought it would be interesting to write a story for our kids about them. Then I called up Swati Mitra who heads our Good Earth Publishing (which does the Eicher City Maps) and asked her if she would work with me on the book,a�? says Lal, adding that a year later, The Story of Babur was launched. Based on Babura��s autobiography, Babur Nama, author Sharma throws in jokes and pranks that were part of young Babura��s character. And the watercolour illustrations of Nag, make the historical events come alive in an engrossing tale.
Rs 699. Available on goodearth.in
a�� Ryan Peppin