Gajapati Kulapati


All three boys are down with colds. Loud sneezes and runny noses are the current status update. Figured it was the right time to pull out a book I picked up recently – Gajapati Kulapati by Ashok Rajagopalan. (Tulika Publications)


This is a fun and endearing story about a temple elephant who catches a bad cold. What with stuffy tickly noses and constant sneezes, my boys identified quite easily with the plight of the poor large elephant whose sneezes were blowing people off their feet! (ˆSmall noses catch small colds, Big noses catch big colds)

The story is very basic and while this was not a book i fell in love with when i bought it, the boys seem to have really liked it and want to read it over and over again. In fact, now when they hear someone sneeze, they immediately say ‘gajapati kulapati!!”

The story also introduces various people like the postman, the milkman, etc which is something my boys related to as well.


About myfourboysandme

Mom - a word that defines me... I smell of oats, johnson's and home baked cookies I am pink, purple, green and orange and so is the floor my kids color on. Flour on my clothes and a brush in my pocket, my glasses bent out of shape and smudged with tiny fingerprints. I can't remember the date but i know almost 40 pictures books by heart. I wake up humming 'wheels on the bus'and i talk with my fingers and eyes and mouth. My bag carries band aids, napkins, wipes, crayons, papers, candy and sometimes my wallet. I know all the parks and very few of the restaurants in my neighborhood. Most of my shopping is diapers, books and paints My phd certificate lies in a roll, the frame now contains an abstract work of art by two year olds and i am prouder of that piece of paper. mom - a word that defines me!

5 responses »

  1. Hi! I came across your blog while searching for posts about Gajapati Kulapati. Was pleasantly surprised to read about the twins’ love for books and the wonderful creative activities you try with them.

    I run a themed reading program for 2-6 year olds from my place in Shivaji Park. I am taking the liberty of leaving you my facebook page link since I believe my program matches your interests – do take a look please. Thanks!

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