Pre Order on www.ajjiandmili.com

Hey guys , a lot of you have been asking me what happened to the indiegogo page , crowdfunding campaigns usually run for 30 days and its over 😊 and a humungous thanks to each and everyone who has contributed. So if you are interested The books are available for Pre Order on http://www.ajjiandmili.com. I also get asked when will the book be ready , the tentative dates for the book launch is 7th to 9th Dec 2018. I am in the printing leg of the journey now, have afew details to confirm before I send everyone who has been a part of Ajji and Mili’s journey an invite for the book launch and workshop ! Thanks again everyone , Bigg Hugg !!! 😁

Ajji and Mili Book Spotlight — Parinitha Konanur

My upcoming book #ajjiandmili got a Book Spotlight by http://www.bookreviewsbyshalini.com a few days back and the same has been translated and published on a german online newspaper, ! Yay this feels so good 🙂 check it out Issu.com

via Ajji and Mili Book Spotlight — Parinitha Konanur

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How Ajji Came to Be

Ajji – Literally means grandmother in my mother tongue Kannada. In Karnataka old ladies are just called Ajji, they are not addressed by their names. This little tit bit out of the way , I can tell how exactly the character of Ajji came into being.

I grew up with a lot of stories, stories my grandmother told me, stories of kings and queens, of war, stories of good and evil and so much more. In most parts of India the tradition is to pass on the stories of Mahabharatha and Ramayana from generation to generation, a tradition that is fast dying. I heard the stories my grandmother told me, entering into my own reverie and recalling most of the stories even now. I have two very different Grandmothers, one was full of stories, soft spoken, loved to eat dosa and the other was strong willed , artistic and confident woman who loved plants and to cook.

This character is a mix of both. Ajji is strong willed, loves to cook, loves to walk and most of all loves nature, she loved listening to and telling stories. She is kind and helpful, she is also determined and strong willed.

I also grew up reading a lot of illustrated children’s books , which most definitely shaped my imagination, I loved anything that was illustrated , mainly Russian Fairy tales like “Vasilisa The Beautiful” and other stories a collection by Alexander Afanasyev, illustrated by Ivan Bilibin and Amar Chitra Katha and even the Indian Comic Tinkle. I was mesmerized by Beatrix potter’s books which made me fall in love with watercolours, even before I knew what watercolours were.

I would like to think that Ajji is a healthy mix of all of these things I have loved growing up and still do.

 

Ajji Character Sketch