Messages from the Children’s Book Chatur

Chatur Book Tour

Chatur Book Tour

Book Information:

Title of Book: Chatur (Hindi)

ISBN: 978-0-99-03178-0-7

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Publisher: Kommuru Books

Publication Date: September 2014

# of Pages: 28


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About Chatur

CHATUR is a hilarious and entertaining picture book written in Hindi (also with Hindi phonetics) for kids.
CHATUR is a wise laundry man. MAND is a loyal, reliable, albeit sluggish, partner in Chatur’s trade. He is a lazy donkey whose mantra is “Na Na Na hum to aaram karenge!”

Chatur’s ambition and Mand’s attitude doesn’t blend well. So Chatur comes up with a wise plan to reverse his fortune. He brings ATAL the elephant to do Mand’s job.
The plan starts out well and it did reverse his fortune substantially, but How?

Read Chatur(Hindi) a comical and fun read for kids. It is sure to tickle your funny bones. Bright illustrations are sure to engage readers. Chatur has a humorous theme with a subtle message and young readers not only have a laugh, but towards the end connect with each character and sympathize with them.

The book is written in Hindi script and also in Hindi phonetics to make it easy for everyone to read.

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Guest Post – What I have learned from my childhood days.
Indian culture is my primary influence. Anything I write is related to what I have learned from my childhood days growing up in the culturally rich and diverse land. My focus is not on major cultural focus like Diwali but more salient customs. For instance, my first book Bargad is about a Banyan tree which happens to be national tree of India and in this book there is a reference to a celebration ‘Vat Savitri’ which brings two of the biggest learning respect for women and caring for your environment.
Similarly ‘The Magic of friendship’ references a celebration ‘Kojagiri’, which happens to be in fall, this year it’s on October 7
Chatur in particular is a very fitting story for 21st century said in an Indian setting. One of its messages is closer to my first story of Bargad, in the sense that the price we pay in name of progress. Progress is good and great for civilization but every step should be a thoughtful step because cost for misstep is enormous. That was the theme for Bargad with tree as a central character and in this story; the same learning is kicked up a notch.
When writing this story I added two more objectives one was greed and second usage of MORE POWER which is closer to machismo.
About Sujata & Subhash Kommuru


The Kommuru's Husband and Wife Team

The Kommuru’s Husband and Wife Team

Subhash and Sujata hail from India. They migrated to the United States along with their memories of childhood and youth. Now that they are parents, just like every immigrant they crave to introduce their child to the culture and values of their upbringing. Yet it is challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself. Subhash and Sujata both work in different disciplines and have different styles and backgrounds, but it is the upbringing of their son that brings them on the same page. That exact place where they meet is captured and reflected in their stories, where Subhash can express in words, and Sujata can illustrate them beautifully. Where he puts it in black and white, she adds color to it. You get the idea! These stories are their attempt to share a glimpse of their childhood days with their son. He is their inspiration to write short stories that have meaning to them and provide teaching in some shape or form.
Our Goal
Our goal is to introduce kids to Indian culture one story at a time and along the way have some fun. While stories are primarily written in Hindi they are tastefully being narrated in English as well, while maintaing the essence and moral.
Our Promise
Our promise is to always write sensible story with some moral to them.


Book Excerpt

Yeh kahani hai Chatur dhobhi aur mand gadha ki. Aalsi Mand ka naara hai “NaNa hum to aaram karenge” aur Chatur ki nazar sirf taraki par hai. Jab Mand ka tevar chatur ko khatakne laga, to usne dikhai apni chaturai. Kya chatur ko apni chaturai mehnga padega?

This is a story about Chatur, the Dhobhi and Mand the donkey. Chatur is smart and progressive by nature and his Lazy donkey Mand’s answer to any request was “No No No, I gotta take it easy”. Chatur realized that his success is limited by Mand’s attitude, So Chatur thought of a smart idea, will it work or will it hit him back?

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About Caught
A collection of short stories, literary sketches and vignettes each capturing a moment in the life of someone a lot like you. Each story delves into human themes: expectation, desire, hope, loss, fear, joy, peace, suffering, redemption. The narrative is filled with subtle irony, humour and touching observations. The stories highlight our era of increasing social disconnection, in which technology is replacing intimacy and life occurs at a pace that challenges people’s ability to stop, observe and interpret their own existence and its relationship with those around them.
It highlights the everyday moment and provides nourishment for the harried soul. The overriding message in Caught is: that any moment in every life can be viewed as worthy of treasuring. Whether that moment is filled with despair or joy; they provide entertaining relief and nourishing benefits.

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About Deirdre Thurston
Deirdre_portrait_aI’ve been an observer of people my whole life, always intrigued by the unfolding of everyday events and what those events take on in the eyes and lives of ordinary people.
As well as seeing — and feeling — the angst and the pain, the fragile hopes and dreams, the joys and the frustrations that make up the human condition, I’ve also always been able to see the funny side.
My vantage points have been from the perspective of a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother, an aunt, a friend and a confidante — I’ve looked at life through many lenses, yet always my own observations have been enriched by the points of view of the other players in those unfolding dramas.
And always inside of me, from the time I was five years old, has lurked a writer — framing my observations and cataloguing them. Storing them up until I was ready to capture them on paper.
At 57 I began crafting my lifetime of observations into sketches and vignettes. Two years later I knew it was time to start sharing my stories with the world.


A Christmas Kindness by C. C. Gevry

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Title: A Christmas Kindness
Genre: First chapter reader
Author: Cheryl Malandrinos
Publisher: 4RV Publishing
Pages: 24
Language: English
ISBN – 978-0985266141

Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who has only one request for Santa, Robert is confused over what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?

Inside the mall, Christmas music and the tinkling of jingle bells tickled Robert’s ears. With his mother, Robert weaved through the crowd of shoppers. He smelled fried food from Burger Mart. The sweet scent of warm chocolate chip cookies from the bakery made his mouth water.

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C.C Gevry is a children’s author from Western Massachusetts. A Christmas Kindness is her first book with 4RV Publishing. She is also a member of the SCBWI. Ms. Gevry is married with two young children and a son who is married. Visit her online at

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Pump Up Your Book’s December 2013 Authors on Tour

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Find gifts for every reader on your list. Pump Up Your Book is featuring dozens of authors with books in a variety of genres. Children’s picture books, young adult novels, romance titles, thrillers, Christian novels, personal finance books and more are all on tour in December. Be on the lookout for chances to win great prizes. 

Amish fiction titles come to you from Laura Hilton, Charlotte Hubbard, Naomi King, and Paul Stutzman this month. If you have a lover of thrillers on your list, you’ll want to check out books from R. K. Avery, Carlyle Clark, James Fielder Sr., LDC Fitzgerald, Marlene Morgan, Susan Sloate, and David Wind and Terese Ramin. Dr. David R. Fett, Stephen Langford and Connie Malcolm are also returning this month with their spy thriller, “White Rogue.” Romance lovers will find books from Jo Kessel, Prescott Lane, Kaylin McFarren, and P.M. Terrell. Also on tour in December are: Brad Cotton, Fey Ugokwe, Wendy VanHatten, and Robert Steven Williams.

For those young readers on your list, we have Sal Barbera’s picture book, “Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow.” This book is on sale from the author’s website and 50% of the net proceeds from each book benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Program. Also on tour is C.C. Gevry with the seasonal title, “A Christmas Kindness,” and Kelly Preston and her picture book, “Mister Spunky and His Friends.” And for young adults, don’t miss fantasy from C. M. Gray, science fiction from Brad Magnarella and Deborah Rix, and the pet book, “Real Dogs Don’t Whisper.”

In nonfiction, we have business books from Don Holbrook and Daisy McCarty, “How to Trade Stocks Using Options” by Jimmy Slagle, and “Hypothyroidism, Health and Happiness” by Steven Hotze. Kim Hilton and Ronald Kirk share their Christian titles, and Jeff Bauer talks about his inspirational essays featured in “Folds in the Map.” Also on tour are George Dupras and Leif Gregersen.

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Pump Up Your Book’s November 2013 Authors on Tour

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Fall into fabulous books this month with Pump Up Your Book. We’re featuring dozens of authors with books in a variety of genres. Young adult and middle grade books, chick lit novels and women’s fiction, Christian fiction, psychological thrillers, memoirs, self-help books and more are available this month. Be sure to look for all the great prizes being given away this month, like gift baskets, Amazon gift cards, and e-Readers.

For young readers this month we have tons of books to choose from. Picture books come to you from Sal Barbera, Kelly Preston, and Pump Up Your Book’s own Cheryl C. Malandrinos. Michael DiCerto, Sunayna Prasad, and Sarah Renèe tour with their middle grade fantasy titles, and Christopher Cloud, Kelly Preston, Deborah Rix, and Joe Sergi talk about their young adult books. Mark J. Grant continues his tour for “Lila: The Sign of the Elven Queen,” while Sharon and Raymond Thornton discuss their illustrated tween novel, “Upir and the Monster Gang.”

Moving on to the adult market, R.K. Avery and Marlene Morgan tour with their psychological thrillers, while mystery and suspense thrillers come to you from Wendy VanHatten and David Wind and Terese Ramen. And don’t miss the spy thriller, “White Rogue” by Dr. David R. Fett, Stephen Langford and Connie Malcolm. New adult fiction titles this month are from Rachel Firasek and Jo Kessel, while Deanna Sletten talks about her contemporary women’s fiction book, “Maggie’s Turn.” Also on tour in November are Christian fiction titles from: Anthony Crescio, Charlotte Hubbard, Naomi King, and Paul Stutzman.

Romance suspense titles come to you from Cindy McDonald Kaylin McFarren, while Heide AW Kaminski, Pam Ryan and Dorothy Thompson tour with their paranormal mystery and romance novel, “Romancing the Million $$$ Ghost.”

Also on tour are: Bart Baker, Brad Cotton, Raquel Whiting Gilmer, J.R. Rain, Arnine Cumsky Weiss and Robert Steven Williams.

For lovers of non-fiction, we have the 9/11 memoir, “Tara’s Cross” by G. J. Bachmann and Linda Barrett’s “Hopefully Ever After.” Memoirs also come to you from Leif Gregersen and John Kerastas. We are also featuring Kim Hilton’s inspirational book, “Closet Words,” the health book, “Hypothyroidism, Health and Happiness” by Steven Hotze, the social innovation book, “The Kochia Chronicles” by Khanjan Mehta, and Jeff Bauer’s inspirational essays found in, “Folds in the Map: Stories of Life’s Unlikely Intersections.”

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Pump Up Your Book’s October 2013 Authors on Virtual Book Tours

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It’s time for apple picking and pumpkin carving. It’s also a great time to cozy up with a hot drink and a good book. In the month of October, Pump Up Your Book features dozens of authors with books in a variety of genres. New adult and paranormal novels, thrillers, children’s books, holiday titles, self-help, memoirs and more are available this month.

There has been so much excitement surrounding the new adult genre. Come find out what Kristin Kuhns Alexandre, Lilliana Anderson, and Jo Kessel have to say about their new adult novels. Herve Bebele chats about his erotic paranormal, “The Juice,” and Michael Phillip Cash, and Heide AW Kaminski, Pam Ryan and Pump Up Your Book’s founder, Dorothy Thompson, shares their paranormal stories as well. Arnine Cumsky Weiss with her chick-lit novel, “She Ain’t Heavy,” and Chuck Waldron continues his tour for his dystopian thriller, “Lion’s Head Deception.”

Thrillers in a variety of subgenres come to you from Mayra Calvani, Keith Domingue, Layton Green, Jess Money, and Joseph Spencer, and Mike Hartner talks about his historical romance novel, “I, Walter.” Children’s books come to you from Sal Barbera, Cinta Garcia de la Rosa, and Mark J. Grant, while Beverly Stowe McClure and Sharon and Raymond Thornton tour with tween novels.

Also on tour in October are: Bart Baker, Robert J. Elisberg, Dora Machado, Kaylin McFarren, Mike Phillips, Sunayna Prasad, and Joe Sergi.

October is host to a number of memoirs: G.J. Bachmann and the 9/11 memoir, “Tara’s Cross,” Linda Barrett’s “Hopefully Ever After,” William W. Buisch’s “The Ark’s Cargo,” and Leif Gregersen’s self-help memoir, Through the Withering Storm.” David Aaron Katz returns with his health and wellness book, “Superior Vocal Health,” and Jimmy Slagle tours with the personal finance book, “How to Trade Stocks Using Options.” Also on tour are Khanjan Meta and Deboray Serani.

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Pump Up Your Book’s September 2013 Authors on Virtual Book Tours

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Jump into fall with a great book. In the month of September, Pump Up Your Book features dozens of authors with books in a variety of genres. New adult novels, paranormal thrillers, horror novels, young adult fiction, self-help books, true crime stories and more are making their way around the blogosphere.

Kristin Kuhns Alexandre continues her tour for her new adult novel, “Gem City Gypsy,” while Pamela Fagan Hutchins returns to talk about her mystery romantic thriller, “Leaving Annalese.” Romance novels come to you from Elaine Cantrell, Mike Hartner, and Deborah Hawkins. L.T. Getty talks about her historical fantasy/mythological novel, “Tower of Obsidian,” and Chuck Waldron shares his dystopian fiction book, “Lion’s Head Deception.”

Thrillers in a variety of subgenres come to you from Becky Komant, Danu Maurer, Joseph Spencer, Andy Straka, Marty Weiss, Vincent Zandri, while Marta Tandori tours with her suspense family saga, “Continuance.”

Younger readers will enjoy learning about “The Funny Adventures of Little Nani” by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa and “The Sign of the Elven Queen” by Mark J. Grant, and young adult books are being promoted by Joe Sergi and Mike Thomas.

Michael Phillip Cash is promoting two books and giving away great prizes during his book blasts, and we finally reveal the cover for “Romancing the Million $$$ Ghost,” by Heide AW Kaminski, Pam Ryan, and Pump Up’s founder, Dorothy Thompson. Also on tour are: Dora Machado and Mike Phillips.

For non-fiction, you’ll find Tim and Debbie Bishop talking about their inspirational travel adventure memoir, “Two Are Better,” Lakeysha Green and her fashion/self-help book, “The Seeds of Beauty,” the memoir/autobiography, “The Old Rectory: Escape to a Country Kitchen” by Julia Helene Ibbotson, “Superior Vocal Health” by David Aaron Katz, Alan Power’s true crime royalty book, “The Princess Diana Conspiracy,” “Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers” by Deborah Serani, and Dee Simon’s comedy book, :Play Something Dancy.”

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