Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

Have you ever used shaving cream for an art project?

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

When my brother wrote the poem “Children of The Sun,” we loved it so much that we wanted to get it illustrated. I really wanted to do the illustrations. So, my mother spoke to our art teacher, Ms. Vicki Farmer. She agreed and guided my brother and me in illustrating this poem. I was very excited when we started doing them. Here I’ll describe the steps of one of the illustrations done by me.

1. First I took a can of Barbasol shaving cream and sprayed it on a foil-covered tray.
2. Then I put dots of brown, gold, and blue acrylic paint all over the shaving cream.
3. Next I took a pencil and made swirls in the shaving cream.
4. Then I put a piece of paper on the shaving cream and pressed down lightly.
5. Next I took the paper off of the shaving cream and scraped the extra shaving cream off with a squeegee.
6. Finally I let it dry for one hour.

In all, this took half an hour for the creation and one hour for the drying. I hope you like my illustration, and feel free to try it out.

– Arjun Gupta (co-illustrator of Children of The Sun)

Please buy this book at (you should be able to find coupons).  It’s a 50-page full color book.  Here’s the Facebook page for Children of The Sun.

Reading Fair 2018

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

This year at the Reading Fair, Kabir chose the book “Wonder” and Arjun presented “The Tales of Robin Hood”.  Their boards will be on display at the local library for about 2 weeks.

And the Mountains Echoed

Friday, June 27th, 2014

It took me almost a year to read, And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.  I’ve read the first two books by the author: The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, and I enjoyed both of them thoroughly.  I’ll give And the Mountains Echoed the worst rating amongst all three books.  However, I’m glad to have read this book too!  The author intricately and beautifully weaves the story of several characters and several perspectives together.  It’s nice to see how life and people change over time.  

I had read about less than a third of the book and I couldn’t enjoy it, so I had given up but the book review by Payal Bhuwania encouraged me to give it another try and I’m glad I did.  I’ll just paste the link of book review by Payal for you because she writes so beautifully.  Thank you, Payal!


Girl in Translation

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Girl in TranslationI highly recommend Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok. I assure you that when you start reading this book, your work, family, and house will be neglected as it’s very hard to put it down. I used to work near china town in New York and was always amazed by the Chinese culture. I was impressed that they look out for each other and are such a close knit society. Jean Kwok shattered this impression by revealing that irrespective of our origin, all of us tend to look out for ourselves first and sometime at the cost of others.

This book did inspire me to instill traits in my sons such as honesty and hard work. These are the two traits that helped Kimberly fulfill her dreams despite of unconducive environment. I wish Hollywood will make a movie based on this novel.

Pride and Prejudice

Saturday, September 18th, 2010,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpgI had read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin when I was in school in India. Also, I had watched a movie based on the book, Pride and Prejudice. I had enjoyed it a lot. I still remembered the story but I wanted to read it again and this time I wanted to read the original version. I wasn’t sure if I am going to enjoy it this time as I know the story very well. Also, it’s actually a very simple story. To my surprise, I had a new understanding and I enjoyed it much more than ever before.

In India, there was a TV series that was based on Pride and Prejudice but applied to Indian life. It was so wonderful that I feel like watching it again. Pride and Prejudice is an amazing story that will never get old and applies to all cultures in all countries. No wonder it is a classic!