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“I have a story and it begins with Once Upon a Time.”-Karadi the Bear
Karadi the Bear is a consummate story teller. He is patient, witty and understands what stories mean to little children. He is the perfect guide because he is intelligent without being patronizing, and lets every story unravel at its own pace.
“I can live on stories…”Meera
Meera loves a good story. What she loves even more are encounters with Karadi which inevitably means a story will be told and a story will be heard. Sometimes, she creates more work for Karadi by offering to help!
"Why smile when you can frown?” Pandurang,The Rumour
Pandurang is angry, grumpy, and sour-faced. He would rather swallow a goat than laugh. But he is never a bully and interestingly reveals that he has a great sense of the absurd. He can laugh at himself in the face of a crowd.
“My long trunk has a short story.” Little Vinayak
Little Vinayak is an exuberant and lively young elephant whose biggest growing pain is his long trunk. But this little pachyderm’s never-say-die attitude is infectious. Vinayak and his loyal friend Mika the monkey are the type of characters who are meant for escapades that will have the audience laughing.
Am I the chief or what? So how come no one is listening to me?!” Chakrapani
Chakku is the comically cantankerous chief of monkeys who is forever trying to “downsize” his monkey tribe. Chakku is fat, funny, easily outwitted, and nobody can ever give him points for being the smartest nut in the bowl. But his endearing gullibility makes us want to give him some extra bananas.
I never make a bad bargain! No sirree! Give me a root and I’ll get you a bride!” Chooheram
Chooheram may be small, but he has a mind so sharp you can cut yourself with it. Smart and resourceful, he is a smooth-talker who has only one thing on his mind. This little fellow can’t be underestimated because he is (obviously) destined for adventures bigger than himself.
“My favorite movie? The Sound of Music.” Dhondu
The Musical Donkey Dhondu is not your average singer; he is not even below average. But you have got to give him points for trying. He never passes up on an opportunity to show off his singing skills (or lack of it). Sometimes this means he is rewarded with thrashings. This is one donkey you won’t see coming, you’ll only hear him!
“A forest always has its jackals.” Juno,
Juno is a wise-cracking, wily and witty Jackal with a strong instinct for self- preservation. He will look before he leaps, and can smell his enemy’s tricks a mile away. He is loyal too - the kind of friend every animal needs.
"I love the smell of books… and their taste too.” Sesha,
Stuttering Sesha always has his magnificent nose buried in the pages of a book. However, he is a great explorer always off on a great adventure… even if it is only in his books. His classmates are forever trying to trip him into embarrassing situations, but Sesha manages to find his feet and continue adventuring.
"It’s difficult to tell us apart. Really.” Rosa-Gulla
Rosa and Gulla are hopelessly astute and funny with their observations about the world around them (which includes Amma, Baba, a knot of aunts, an undertaking of uncles, and a clutch of cousins). They are double the trouble, double the fun and have plenty of growing up to do.
"One of these days, I’m going to fly.” Hathaman, Super Hathaman
Hathaman doesn’t just walk, he swaggers. He doesn’t simply request, he demands. He can do 150 surya- namaskars and every asana in the book and beyond. You can’t help loving him despite his silly bravado because he is feisty, funny and desperately committed to gaining some super powers. Ask his monkey friends!
An independent subsidiary of ACK Media, Karadi Tales is a pioneer in the market for multi-media Indian content with over 45 titles in children’s audiobooks, over 25 titles in home video and 10 adult audio biographies.
From Karadi Rhymes to The Heritage series, the child audio books have brought alive the world of Indian Classic fables and folklore, while titles like “Wings of Fire” and “The Story of My Experiments with Truth” have brought forward inspiring personalities like Abdul Kalam and Mahatma Gandhi.
Will You Read With Me
Sesha is a silent boy who reads all the time… and he has a little brown book that no one has ever seen the inside of. One day, Sesha speaks, and no one understands why he speaks differently. But when they see his brown book and the magic he can create, Sesha becomes a whole new person. Learn a little more about the silence of Sesha and his little brown book in this empathetic story by Lavanya R. N. illustrated with collages and watercolours by Shilo Shiv Suleman.
The Story and the Song
What happens to stories that don’t get told? What happens to songs that don’t get sung? Are they forgotten or do they emerge some day? Parvathi knows a story and a song, but she keeps them to herself. The story and the song, however, are determined to escape! This Tamil folktale adapted for children by Manasi Subramaniam is illustrated by Ayswarya Sankaranarayanan.
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