Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Anurima Chanda talks nonsense superheroes!

Anurima Chanda is the real superhero in this essay about nonsense superheroes. She looks at the history of superheroes, how they end up in India--and how a few intrepid writers dare to do something different in "a unique margin within the marginal superhero culture of India." That is, they write nonsense superheroes. And the ones she discusses happen to be in This Book Makes No Sense: Nonsense Poems and Worse, in poems and stories by Samit Basu and Kaushik Viswanath. By making nonsense superheroes, she writes, they are creating a "radically new way of engaging with dominating power structures, neither through concurrence or conflict, but by creating ruptures within these structures to destabilise the circle itself." Bravo!

Click here to read her article!

Here, we see Basu's Pehelwan, of the "mighty, manly muscles" (drawn by Priya Kuriyan)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Guide to Practical Nonsense, a SCBWI India Event

A Guide to Practical Nonsense--a SCBWI India event

with Michael Heyman, Colonel of the 5th Nonsense Brigade 

Thursday, May 21  

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Max Mueller Bhavan3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi, India 110001

Literary nonsense has a long tradition, going back to Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Rabindranath Tagore, and Sukumar Ray, all of whom have proven the nobility of this serious and silly, rebellious and strict form. Yet, whether we as writers and illustrators strive to work solidly in the tradition of nonsense, or just want our work to shine a little with the tradition, there are many simple techniques we can use to throw a little, or a lot, of nonsense into our books for children. In this talk, Michael Heyman gives a guide onwhat nonsense is and how to use it.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Noodly Nonsensical Reminiscences

Ah, remember when a seven followed two zeroes and a two? Our most vaunted and anti-villanous villustrator, Vinayak Varma, has vaxed lyrically on ye dayes of olde, when lines were bold, and rasas were delighting. Below are his thoughts on illustrating The Tenth Rasa (now on Kindle, what what?)...  We owe him much for the book, and especially the cover, which brilliantly captures the vim of the kheyal rosh. Of course, the Guardians of the Rasas over at JNU might rant and rave ("There can be no tenth rasa!" they huff and puff), but, as Blake wrote, "Every thing possible to be believ'd is an image of the truth." Vinayak has, by his art, confirmed the Truth! Amen!

 Click here for his reminiscences...

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Kitaabnama gets the title wrong, but the nonsense right

Just when you think a serious bookschnook is going to take on This Books Makes No Sense: Nonsense Poems and Worse, it turns out to be a whole other category of bookschnookery--but one that may be familiar to fans of Indian nonsense. A whole half hour on Indian nonsense, no less. Take a lookschnook:

Kitaabnama: Books and Beyond (on The Tenth Rasa--not This Books Makes No Sense!!)

Props to Sampurna Chattarji, Anita Vaccharajani, and especially Anushka Ravishankar, whose praises cannot be undersung or overslung.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Tenth Rasa: An Anthology of Indian Nonsense, now on Kindle!

That's right ladles and spats, The Tenth Rasa has sprocketed into the Future®, where, at the click of a button, you may revel in the wonky layout of the Digital Delight that is a Kindle Book. All your favorite Indian nonsense literature, squinged into your Delectable Digital Device. Pinch it! Squinch it! Cinch it!

Visit your friendly Amazon site, for the old school hard copy (still a deal at $10!) or the Kindle edition $9.50: save fitty cent, save paper and shipping, and save yourself from being a carbon carbuncle. Click here

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Friday, February 14, 2014

The Winners! RivoKids nonsense contest results!

The Winners have been announced for the RivoKids nonsense contest spoonsored and forked by Duckbill Books. I was honored to be the Jerryrigged Jellycal Judge, and I had quite a few wonderful and completely crazy entires. Thank you to all the kids who entered such great pieces of non-binding narwhal-numbing nonpareil nonsense. Here are the winners, with some itty bitty ditties I wrote for each, according to the nonsense pieces they wrote.  See the website for the full poems:
1. Akshay Rajmohan's "Nonsense is a nonsense thing" is here.
2. Abeer Dahiya's "A Silly Poem" is here.
3. Aarushi Dahia's "Wild Gone Wild" is here.

Keep writing nonsense!

Friday, January 17, 2014


Announcing a NONSENSE-WRITING CONTEST for kids, squids, and vermicious knids! Win prizes, fame, fortune, and platypus booty by writing your very own nonsense poetry!

Rivokids and Duckbill Books proudly present this contest--click here to learn more and enter. Also, be sure to click on the link for the "Nonsense Verse Masterclass by Michael Heyman" (me!) for some in-depth ideas on how to write utter-butter-never-stutter-nonsense!!

Here's an idea that will (almost) guarantee you win: you can use poems from This Book Makes No Sense: Nonsense Poems and Worse and The Tenth Rasa: An Anthology of Indian Nonsense as examples and models! 

By the way, I am honored to be the Jovial and Jellyatinous Judge of the contest.  I hope to see YOUR poems soon!

Deadline is February 2nd!

Click HERE for the contest page.

Click HERE for guidelines on writing nonsense!

Click HERE for banana hands.