The Vodafone Crossword Book Awards have a special section for children's books this year. This is great news for children's publishing in India. And it's really great news for Karadi Tales because four of our audiobooks are on the long list for the award!
That's right. Little Vinayak (written by Shobha Viswanath, illustrated by Shilpa Ranade, narrated by Vidya Balan), Crickematics! (written by Anshumani Ruddra, illustrated by M. Kathiravan, narrated by Rahul Dravid), A Hundred Cartloads (written by Devika Rangachari, illustrated by Bindia Thapar, narrated by Soha Ali Khan) and Super Hathaman (written by Kaushik Viswanath, illustrated by Chetan Sharma, narrated by Jaaved Jaaferi) have all made the cut! The four titles are resplendent with a gorgeous musical background score by 3 Brothers & A Violin and a foot-tapping title song by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
We're very excited about this! Mostly, it's very heartwarming to note the great strides taken by children's publishing in India. Some truly fantastic work has been produced in the year 2009 and we're honoured to be placed along the other long listed entries in this year's awards.