Peek a boo Manya by Monica Khanna Jhalani – launched at Kitab khana Mumbai

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Eminent author Kiran Nagarkar unveiled Peek A Boo Manya, a book of children’s short stories authored by Monica Khanna Jhalani and published by Omji Publications, Delhi. The event took place at Kitabkhana, Fort, on August 13, 2016, and was attended by over a hundred people.

Noted journalist Kumar Ketkar also graced the function with his presence.

Monica Khanna Jhalani narrated a story from the book, assisted by four children from the PBR Book Lover’s Club that she has started in her residential complex. The children enthralled the audience with a charming and endearing performance, as they enacted the story ‘The Pyjama Party’.

Monica Khanna Jhalani has a Ph.D. in English Literature, and has published a book entitled ‘Deconstructing Motherhood’ which deals with motherhood in Indian culture.

She works as Visiting Faculty in several prestigious management colleges in Navi Mumbai, and is a resource person for Encyclopedia Britannica for conducting workshops for school teachers across India.

Her latest book Peek A Boo Manya is a collection of short stories for children in the age group of six to nine years. It revolves around an eight year old girl Manya, and the events in her life which bring about an understanding of the world around her.

 

About the Author

Dr. Monica Khanna completed her high school from International School Bangkok, where she had Creative Writing as one of her elective subjects. After moving to India, she completed her B.A, M.A, M.Phil and Ph.D. in English Literature.

She is currently working as Visiting Faculty in Indira Institute of Business Management, Father Agnel’s Institute of Management Studies and Terna Institute of Engineering. She has work experience of around twenty years in the field of academics as well as in journalism and business.

She has worked in several educational institutes such as Gahlot Institute of Management Studies and Research, Dr. B.M.N. College of Home Science, SNDT Women’s University and SIES College, to name a few. She is a panel member and resource person for Encyclopedia Britannica for conducting workshops for school teachers across India.

She has published a book entitled ‘Deconstructing Motherhood’ which deals with motherhood in Indian culture, and has edited several academic journals as well as books.

She has conducted Faculty Development Programmes and has been invited by several institutes to conduct sessions for their students on a variety of topics. She has also presented research papers at the national and international level at various conferences and seminars. Her area of specialization is Communication Skills, and Gender and Media studies.

Her passion for books, love for kids, and the desire to revive and rekindle an interest in the dying art of reading amongst children have been instrumental in her decision to take up writing fiction.

The objective of this book was to create a familiar world that Indian children could identify with  and relate to – a world that is not pure fantasy, but rather a real world with characters that they interact with in their day to day life – family, friends, relatives and teachers. These interactions and experiences are a part of the process of growing up and learning.

About the Book

Peek a Boo Manya; is a book of fifteen short stories that revolve around eight year old Manya, and the events in her life which bring about an understanding of the world around her. Manya’s life is like a ripe and juicy pineapple – a wee bit thorny, sometimes sour, but mostly sweet. When she isn’t getting cross with her younger sister Mehek or arguing with her parents, she’s busy planning a prank on her unsuspecting mother, or scaring her besties with horror stories at a pyjama party. The book is targeted at children between 6 and 9 years of age.

 

 

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