I ordered and received a few copies of the book 'Chutki's Experiences', authored by Shamalatha Rao of Bangalore. The book is a delightful. Narrates sad animal stories with sweetness and sympathy. Makes references to the Laws of the land. Provides a happy ending to Chutki's plight. Illustrations are simply endearing.
For all who want to do any kind of educational outreach of kind and responsible animal treatment, this is a very useful resource book.
We are intending to distribute the book to different schools around here.
-Rita, Integrated Animal Care,Auroville .TN. via e- mail on 2nd June ,2011
I have recently got hold of a copy of the above cited small booklet, and let me say how wonderfully you have written such a readable and informative text, with beautiful illustration by Ms. Varsha Achar, on what would appear to be such a dry subject to many. Please accept heartiest congratulation on this great achievement.
- L.M.S. Palni. via email on 31st July, 2011
Read Chutki's Experiences last week.Loved the flow in which it makes readers understand the issues of stray animals........
Its a powerful script.
- Khushboo Gupta. via Facebook
I am not surprised you are a teacher. And if you arent already I am pretty sure you would do wonderfully giving lectures/talks on animal rights/awareness in schools.
Prithvi's quite taken by the book and made me read it twice:). I did tone down the language a bit (egthe death trap) as sometimes he gets very emotional hearing about death. At 6 he's full of questions and once when he asked my mom about whether she was going to die someday, she said yes and he wept for hours. He did enjoy hearing about hanuman raja (he loves reading about Hanuman) and I think it worked as an eye opener for him. Like I said, he's not indifferent to animals but he's not in love with them either. Must expose him to more and more animals. Also gave one copy to his teacher.
Little by little awareness towards animals is going to grow in India.
- Mita Bhan, via Facebook
Hi Shamalatha, its an excellent book, well written, precise and give all the info in a nutshell. My mother read it as well and loved it. If we could circulate it w/ the RWA it would be an excellent idea. Unfortunately, my colony is opposed to dogs and i cannot even suggest this to the association members. :(:(. But am going to make it a habit to carry this book in my handbag at all times. I will pay for the 8 copies as my little contribution towards our lovely four-legged friends.
- Shobha Malhotra, via Facebook
Your booklet is good.You have the talent to express clearly and appealingly.Please continue.
Padmaja Yeddanapudi via e-mail,Hyderabd, July 2nd 2011
Thank you for your books....My daughter and her friends have already started reading.I was happy to see the book well written & explains the basic laws in a simple manner so that children can understand.
will present some copies to my daughter's school libray.Infact I wish school libraries all over the country could keep copy of this book.
Poonam Khilnani,via e-mail,June 30th ,2011
The book is fabulous. I am sure the kids will learn a lot from the contents.
- Sudnya Patak, In Defense of Animals, via email on July 24, 2011
Got Chutki’s Experiences from Bangalore today. It’s a nice, easy to understand book ( 22 page) with Animal Welfare Rules written as footnotes. Very good read for students. Should be made part of the curriculum.
All NGOs should try & distribute the book.
Costs only Rs.60 each. I have ccd Shamalatha Rao. Write a mail to her & buy some copies for your NGOs/ volunteers .
Spread the message.
- Sourabh Edwankar, via email on July 14, 2011
From one of the most brilliant & compassionate women I have ever known...:) We love U Shamalatha Rao.....Please dont stop at chutki...we want more!!! :
- Dr Mansi, via Facebook
Thank you very much Shamalatha for your encouragement. We need to find new and creative ways to bring animal work into the mainstream. Your book has done something big. Thank you,
Erika Abrams, Miss Claire Myers, via email on July 24, 2011
I had given your book to one class VI kid to read and she had a nice things to say, especially about the little law anecdotes at the bottom of the page. At the end she felt that she knows everything including what she can do and what she cannot. So I am going to be giving these books to class VI kids. If possible, will let you know what they think about it.
- Vasanthi Kumar, via email on July 18, 2011
I started reading the book and it looks very promising. Easy to read, all information is there and it touches your heart.
Hope to read more such stories in future, maybe about other animals as well.
- Eva Veroeveren, via email on July 19, 2011
Yes, indeed a wonderful book written by a wonderful person...
-Kelly Johnson, Bangalore via e-mail on 2nd June,2011)
We want Chutki, We want Chutki . . . !!!! Shamalatha, plz. imagine many of us cheering for u'r book singing these words , right now!
-Sonal, Mumbai, via e-mail on 3rd June, 2011
Dear Shamalathaji, Thank you for your contributions to the Animal World and Congratulations on the very great work done .
Yes children need to be sensitized and educated today towards animals. If I can spread the awareness through your book that would be very nice .
-Priya Shindurnikar, Compassion.animals, via e-mail on 3rd June,2011
Totally recommend!!! :) Simple yet effective. Just what humane education programs need!!! :) Thank you Shamalatha Rao.:)
-Dr.Mansi Jaysal, Humane Hope, Bangalore, via e-mail on 3rd June,2011
The Head of the Educational institutions in Auroville, to whom I presented a copy of your book, noticed that you are a M.A., M. Ed., and was entirely confident that you have written an 'appropriate' book. That was a pleasure for me.
Dear Shamalatha, thank you very much I was truly delighted to find your 'readymade' book.
-Ms.Rita ,Integrated Animal Care,Auroville, via e-mail on 6th June,2011
......Very nice keep-up the good work!
Nilesh Banage ,PAWS, Mumbai, via e-mail on 17th June, 2011
…I went through the Chutki’s Experiences..It was very nice and informative.
-Dilip Bafna ,Animal Rights Fund,Bangalore, via mobile msg on 22nd Jan 2010
I just finished reading your book.It is nothing short of .brilliant.Your knowledge is phenomenal and the way you have mixed the narrative with learning is just perfect. I could not stop reading till I finished !Your work is so obviously a testimony of your love for animals !............The book is a fantastic way to create awareness. I salute you !You are amazing !write on.
-Aditi, Bangalore, via mobile msg on 8th Jan,2011
It is a beautiful book. My friends feel for children may be it can be simplified more with glossary etc.,
-Sushruta Singh, Bangalore via mobile msg on Dec 30, 2009
OMG,look at the dog's tail here and the way its expectantly looking at the girl:)
These pictures are so touching
-Aparajita Sood, via Facebook on April 11, 2010
Nice illustrations shamalatha.nice way to send home a message.
-Vasanthi Kumar, via Facebook on April 20, 2010
I loved this book:) very nicely written keeping children in mind.
-Priya Gundanna, via Facebook on May 10, 2010
-Santosh Rajashekar, via Facebook on May 10, 2010
My 4yr old nephew totally loved it!!! I am using it as his bedtime stories:-)
-Mansi Jaysal, via Facebook
I was curious that If making a comic book out of the same story came into your mind? If not, I strongly believe this story will make a great comic book which will be more interesting and effective for the kids.
I ordered these books first to read by myself and then make my friends and family members read.
I will try to work towards making these wonderful books available to Delhi school kids.
-Ravi Nagar, Delhi, via e-mail on September 30, 2011
It is really a very good one. Many of the aspects of Animal's pain was well illustrated. I'm sure it will be well understood by the children. Now, its our duty to take it to them at the earliest!
Though I have watched many slaughter videos and read and have seen animal sufferings with my own eyes, esp dogs on the street, when the story ended with a question, "But who will take care of the remaining dogs,Mom?? ", I had wet eyes and as I type this too, its the same....
I hope their pain comes to an end very soon.... I'm just doing the little I can, by fostering pups with vegan diet and find them homes.... this is the small work I do now!
-Pintu Vegana, Chennai
Thank you for writing the book! Congratulations on its success!
Thank you so much for sending the lovely little book, "Chutki's Experiences"
I have read it. Some of it was a little sad. Cutki is a very adorable dog, with a wonderful personality.
Thank you so much for writing it and for sending it.
-Sharon St Joan
Best Friends Network
Best Friends Animal Society
United States, via email on November 11, 2011
Shamalatha But the book is awesome. Took one from the Voice of Stray Dogs stall at Handmade Collective. Loved the way you have brought the different things. Planning to get the kids do play on this at the NGOs that I go to.
Priyanka Varma via Facebook on November 28, 2011
The book is little but the story is Big. It touches the hearts of young and old alike. You have written it in a very simple and loving language which should appeal to all those who are animal lovers especially dog lovers. Wish you can write more. Congratulations on a great achievement.
Vasu D Rao
Florida, United States. via email
Dear Ma'am,I came across your book 'Chutki's Experiences' at the recent Samabhava fundraiser and i must say that it was lovely. It is absolutely perfect to sensitize children towards animals. I will definitely share this book with every child and adult alike.Thank you for writing it =)
Bangalore,recd via FB msg on July 31
A kid reading Shamalatha's inspiring Chukti's Experiences. I also got a chance (at last) to read and buy the must read book (for kids and adults alike). Deep issues (eg. why animals, unlike humans, can't commit crimes; how we should treat our companion animals; how do animals - cows, monkeys for entertainment - feel about our treatment of them) are communicated articulately, without gore. Thank you, Shamalatha for the wonderful book!
Bangalore, recvd via FB msg
And my kids love listening to chutki's stories! They're too young to remember the story but I've named a puppy doll in my home chutki so that kids keep it in mind everytime they see her
Bangalore, recvd via FB msg
v v interesting n useful book :)
Bangalore, recvd via FB msg
Its an awesome book, and I enjoy reading it to my 2.5 yr old son, who doesn't
understand anything yet, but soon will!! :0) He keeps saying proudly "I'm vegan", and will not
touch anything if I say its not vegan. I am sure hes going to enjoy reading the book over ans
over again when he starts to read!! :0)
Trust you are well and busy with your work. I don't know how to express my happiness to you after going through the content of your book and sharing them with slum kids. And Chutki had a adventure on the way to delhi and travelled via New York!!
Again I don't know how to express the joy of kids - they just loved it. Twenty children peering on the content of two books and using their best ability to read the content in english. The kids attend Govt. school and their knowledge of english is very limited but they tried their best to enjoying the content and illustrations. I wish I could have the book in hindi so that children could understand everything and share with their parents and school friends. I am planning to meet the principal of MCD school to take permission to share the book with rest of the school kids.Thank you so much for a beautiful gift of 'Chutki's Experience'.
Bondona Dutta,18th sept 2011, via e-mail,Alliance of Animals and People
Thank you for your kind words. I did receive them and have read through . It is wonderful and well practical.
Pradeep Kumar Nath,
Founder / President,
Visakha Society for Protection and Care of Animals
Member, AP State Animal Welfare Board,
Co-opted Member Animal Welfare Board of India, Chennai.
4th June,2011 Via e-mail
Greetings from AWBI.
Please accept our heartiest congratulation for brining out “Chutki’s Experiences”. It is indeed an excellent play written by you for creating awareness in school children, civic society to treat animals with respect and compassion. You have also very tactfully provided information and benefits of our Animal Birth Control and Anti Rabies programme for stray dogs along with important Animal Protection Laws.
The Animal Welfare Board of India would like to use it by circulating a copy of your book to all our NGOs for their use in Humane Education programme...................
Dr. R.M. Kharb
Maj. Gen. (Retd.), AVSM
In my last trip to India, an animal advocate friend of mine, gave me a copy of a short booklet, “Chutki’s Experiences” by A. Shamalatha. It is a children’s play about a small puppy named Chutki and her experiences trying to survive on the streets. The book also includes a lists of Do’s and Don’ts and an FAQ section, which provide advice to concerned residents about animal care. Rather than pitting children against dogs, it strives to make children their advocates.
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