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Pokiri Parrot & the Needle-nosed Ojha
Author - Meenakshi Bharadwaj

Meenakshi Bharadwaj’s Pokiri Parrot & the Needle-nosed Ojha is a story based on fantasy and facts.
Rajkumari’s parrot, Pokiri, is kidnapped by an angry Ojha, who wants to punish the parrot for stealing his mangoes. As Rajkumari goes in search of Pokiri, the king of the snakes gives her a magic pearl that could take her anywhere she wished. All she had to do was to twirl it round while singing a happy song. Promising to return the pearl as soon as she got her parrot back, Rajkumari leaves.
There are many times when Rajkumari glimpses Pokiri but just as she gets close to getting it from Ojha’s clutches, the needle-nosed villain manages to fly away. The chase takes them all over India, from Jaisalmer in the west to the Himalayas in the north, to the Sundarbans in the east and to the Silent Valley in the south.
Rajkumari despairs when Ojha snatches the pearl from her hand. Read the book to find out what happens finally.
Meenakshi Bharadwaj, the author of this enchanting story, has written several stories for children. The story is well illustrated by Stephen Aitken, an illustrator and writer himself. The book, published by Katha, a nonprofit society devoted to enhancing pleasures of reading, costs Rs.65. What is laudable is that they plant trees regularly to replace the wood used in the making of their books.

Excerpt:
“And there was Ojha, flying over the tree tops with Pokiri inside his pocket.
“Hah! So you think you can catch me?” grinned the Sly Ojha.
Suddenly he swooped down and snatched my pearl. “Now, you will never catch me. For I have your magic pearl!” His laughter boomed like a thunder clap in the sky as he flew away.
Now what, I thought crestfallen. Just then a sharp voice behind me said, “Don’t worry, I’ll help you…”

Book Facts
Name: Pokiri Parrot and the Needle-nosed Ojha
Author: Meenakshi Bharadwaj
Art by Stephen Aitken
Publishers: Katha
ISBN 978-81-89020-84-2
Book Price: Rs. 65/-

Review - Meera Nair

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