That's right ladles and spats, The Tenth Rasa has sprocketed into the Future®, where, at the click of a button, you may revel in the wonky layout of the Digital Delight that is a Kindle Book. All your favorite Indian nonsense literature, squinged into your Delectable Digital Device. Pinch it! Squinch it! Cinch it!
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
The Winners have been announced for the RivoKids nonsense contest spoonsored and forked by Duckbill Books. I was honored to be the Jerryrigged Jellycal Judge, and I had quite a few wonderful and completely crazy entires. Thank you to all the kids who entered such great pieces of non-binding narwhal-numbing nonpareil nonsense. Here are the winners, with some itty bitty ditties I wrote for each, according to the nonsense pieces they wrote. See the website for the full poems:
1. Akshay Rajmohan's "Nonsense is a nonsense thing" is here.
2. Abeer Dahiya's "A Silly Poem" is here.
3. Aarushi Dahia's "Wild Gone Wild" is here.
Keep writing nonsense!
Friday, January 17, 2014
Announcing a NONSENSE-WRITING CONTEST for kids, squids, and vermicious knids! Win prizes, fame, fortune, and platypus booty by writing your very own nonsense poetry!
Rivokids and Duckbill Books proudly present this contest--click here to learn more and enter. Also, be sure to click on the link for the "Nonsense Verse Masterclass by Michael Heyman" (me!) for some in-depth ideas on how to write utter-butter-never-stutter-nonsense!!
Here's an idea that will (almost) guarantee you win: you can use poems from This Book Makes No Sense: Nonsense Poems and Worse and The Tenth Rasa: An Anthology of Indian Nonsense as examples and models!
By the way, I am honored to be the Jovial and Jellyatinous Judge of the contest. I hope to see YOUR poems soon!
Deadline is February 2nd!
Click HERE for the contest page.
Click HERE for guidelines on writing nonsense!
Click HERE for banana hands.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Ghosts of nonsenses past... a rare Asian import, B-side, export-only clip of nonsense songs in India
The Singapore International School in Mumbai had some secret cameras set up for my performance last winter, on my tour for This Book Makes No Sense (which is out on Kindle now, by the way!). The song is Barry Louis Polisar's "I've Got a Teacher, She's So Mean"--a definite favorite in the set (at least, a favorite of the students... I'm not so sure about the teachers!). Here's the page with a little write-up, and here's the video clip! The only problem is that the write-up doesn't mention Sampurna Chattarji, the fantastic children's writer who performed with me that day (and who is in the photos).
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
"Blog to blog,
Bog to glog,
Grog to Smaug!"
Nimmy Chacko was kind enough to write a lovely Scholastic blog entry on This Book Makes No Sense, and you'll find included a little online interview, where I expound on nonsense, giraffes, nonsense giraffes, Alan Watts as a neo-giraffe, Samuel Taylor Coleraffe, Xanadu and Olivia Newton-Jiraffe, and other things related to nonsense theory and giraffes (oddly, without any reference to Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey's brilliant nonsensical Giraffes? Giraffes!).
Why Mr. Sputum?--I can't rightly say. He appeared in the Indian Express newspaper (I think) during my trip... and he has been wanting to contribute to the blog ever since...
Here is the blog: http://scholasticindiabooks.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/this-book-makes-no-sense/
Friday, December 14, 2012
This book makes no uninvited, unenlightened appearances in Boston. A local groovy bookshop in Boston is selling copies of This Book Makes No Sense... so if you're around and you need a gift for the holidays or a grift for the polypods, go to Trident Booksellers and Cafe, and sprinkle some nonsense on your soup.