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Welcome to Bookistaan

Bookistaan is India’s first recommendations based online children’s bookstore

As a small town bookstore, we have an inclination towards Indian publishing and writing, that hasn’t been able to find the routes into smaller towns. We believe it’s important for children to be exposed to their own literature for them to grow into empathetic individuals, proud of their own roots.

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Why read bilingual books?

My Grandmother knew three languages, all of them Indian. She passed on all three to my father, who is fluent in two of them, understands the third and also acquired a fourth language, English. I also know three language, but two of them are foreign and of course my mother tongue, Hindi. My point is we are the global generation with Google Translate on our fingertips but does that mean that it’s alright to lose the languages that ran through generations go?

A language on a community level is a medium of communication but on an individual level it is as much a part of our identity as our name is. Which is why it is crucial to keep it alive and pass it on, and what better place to start than the young generation. In short, I think it’s imperative that we preserve our languages because they are very important.

That said, let me come to the point of Bilingual books. Bilingual books are dual language books, where the story is simultaneously told in two languages.

Not only does a bilingual book give parents a chance to read to their child in their mother tongue but also they help children develop a love for said language. Bilingual books present an equal case for two languages, while also introducing them to another culture, it’s practices and rituals, in a lot of cases.

The human brain tends to think in the language that is spoken more at home, so supposing you talk to your child in Hindi they will think in Hindi. So when they start going to school and are introduced to English, what happens is that the brain starts translating these thoughts into English. Our brain is constantly making switches between these languages that we know but this comes with time and practice. When you introduce your child to a bilingual book, say Hindi and English, you are showing them a connection between these two languages, you are enhancing their brain’s ability to switch between the two languages making their communication skills stronger.

While reading a bilingual book you’ll find your child anticipating the next sentence, making their own translations. You can also open a discussion in both the languages once you are through, which again helps bridge the gap between the two generations. It’s a fun and enriching experience in that sense.

The best part is that there are bilingual books in a lot of Indian indigenous languages like Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati. So all you have to do is fix a reading time with your child.