It's a fabulous time to be an early reader. Like the indie presses doing a great job of creating beautiful titles for children, the hardly-year-old AdiDev Press, started by Chitwan Mittal, too has been producing beautiful books and box sets. Their Learning to Be series, for example, keeps getting better. Their latest, Women In Sport, is an adorable collection of four stories-on amputee-mountaineer Arunima Sinha, open-water swimmer Bhakti Sharma, runner P.T. Usha, and sharpshooters Chandro and Prakashi Tomar. Poet Pervin Saket goes into just enough detail on these women's lives in rhyme and the illustrators Aparajitha Vaasudev for Sinha, Premna Roy for Sharma, Rajyasree Sarkar for Usha, and Ria Mohta for the Tomars-fill the pages with lively illustrations that are just as endearing and spunky as their subjects.
The illustrated box set, "Women in Sports", is authored by Pune-based writer and poet Pervin Saket. It includes "Adaptability" with mountaineer Arunima Sinha, "Resilience" with open water swimmer Bhakti Sharma, "Transformation" with sharpshooters Chandro and Prakashi Tomar, and "Trust" with athlete PT Usha.
Women in science include four inspiring stories: Commitment with Bibha Chowdhuri (the first Indian woman physicist), Courage with Anandibai Joshee (first Indian woman to be a doctor of Western medicine), Passion with Aditi Pant (the first Indian woman Oceanographer), and Perseverance with Janaki Ammal (the first Indian woman botanist).