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The King Tree Poile Sengupta

I did not want to move into a new neighbourhood. I did not want to move. I wanted to be where I was, with my books, my crayons, my room with its shallow step, with nights that were well-worn and comforting. But there was no help for it - there never is - and so I was transported, books and all other apparatus, to Meghpur. And if ever I had dreams of opening out into a new person, I was certain it would never happen here - in this unknown, mocking place. Or so I thought, at first. I suppose one can get used to anything even loneliness. Those first days, loneliness changed from being something raw and pickled to a smoother taste, rather like toasted cheese. I missed my school where nobody stared at me, I missed Arup who was always ten minutes early so that he could chat with me on the way. About? About everything - cricket, teachers, football,

books, swimming, people, feeling helpless. And now here I was, finding the ever-cawing crows a little more familiar every day, watching the sparrows behaving like self-important housewives, the long trail of ants in search of water - so orderly, so uncomplicated.

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Textbook Design  

As part of 'Untextbook' project, I designed a textbook for Grade V schoolchildren, with a focus on enhanced imagery and experimental layouts...

Textbook Design  

As part of 'Untextbook' project, I designed a textbook for Grade V schoolchildren, with a focus on enhanced imagery and experimental layouts...

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