Heritage India publishes Illustrated children’s book cum family encyclopedia focusing on Pune district in particular and Maharashtra in general.
History told as an exciting story over 240 pages of pictures, poetry, fun facts, activities, and maps.
PUNE: A city is more than just a human settlement of a certain vintage. It is a microcosm of human progress, a barometer of civilization.
To that end, Heritage India is thrilled to present “Punyakatha—Pune’s Story of a Million Years” an illustrated children’s book cum family encyclopedia that tells the story of how Pune, a city that ranks amongst India’s most liveable cities apart from being a premier educational-cultural-business hub came to be,” says Manjiri Khandekar, CEO Heritage India. “In today’s volatile world there is an immense need to connect people to their roots, to impart a sense of stability, belonging, identity and pride. Our book is an endeavor to inculcate all of these. It is a book of hope, of a city and region that has not only endured but grown by leaps and bounds and enriched thousands through its long course of existence,” she says.
“At Heritage India, we are ever committed to our belief that history is for everyone. Especially our young audiences-after all, they are both our present and our future,” she says. “Thus, any retelling of the past has got to be and relatable. It has to be a narration that goes beyond a telling of events and dates; a narration that brings alive the men and the moments that have brought us to the point we stand; a narration that is fun, colorful, and accessible. “
The writer of the book, author and journalist Kalyani Sardesai says: “ The last thing we wanted to do was write yet another history textbook. What better way to do so than in the form of a story? Is there anyone who doesn’t enjoy a story well-told! To that end, fiction has been used as a route to non-fiction. A throbbing, pulsating narration of vignettes that that attempts to connect the dots despite the blind spots of history in a largely linear and readable sequence for our young readers.”
The creative direction of the book has been carried out by noted illustrator and artist Tejas Modak.
Through 240 action-packed pages full of facts, rarely seen photographs, maps, quizzes, puzzles, and activity sheets, take a look at how Pune metamorphoses from primitive man and the Stone Age to a small base to a jagir to an important bastion of power on a national and international level over the centuries.
After all, a city that has been coveted throughout written history by rulers of every hue for its weather, location, water, and culture, deserves such an effort. Plus, Pune’s importance continues to go from strength to strength.
A holistic representation of the city with the storytelling backed by authentic, well-researched data, the book is slated to be a memorable and unputdownable read for adult audiences as well.
Though the primary target audience is children, the book is a family encyclopedia to be explored by multiple generations.
In its existence of 14 years, Heritage India has published its magazines Heritage India and Maharashtra Unlimited apart from conducting heritage walks and tours all over Maharashtra and existence to educate people on the vast and varied heritage of India including its traditions, festivals, arts, and handicrafts, monuments and foods.
In the making for over 4 years, Punyakatha is veritable labor of love put together by a team of experts and creatives under the banner of Heritage India.
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