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Mumbai, India (PressExposure) July 13, 2011 -- Champa The Punjabi Kudi Discovers the Himalayas '& 'Champa The Dreamer Journeys to the land of Buddha' written and illustrated by by Asha Shankardass. The book to be released by Kajol Devgan and Tanisha Mukherjee

About the books:

Champa The Punjabi Kudi Discovers the Himalayas

Champa, a nine-year-old girl lives in a village on the banks of a river in Punjab. The lofty Himalayas rise in the background. Something of a dreamer, she is obsessed with the idea of seeing the world beyond her little village. On a visit to the Baishakhi mela, held during Punjabi New Year, she gets lost and is rescued by the Banjaras, the Indian gypsies. Illustrated with great charm, Champa's story carries us irresistibly along with her as she travels into the Himalayas, visits exotic places, learns about new people, legends and festivals - and eventually finds her way home again

Champa The Dreamer Journeys to the land of Buddha

Eleven-year-old Champa lives with her family in a little village on the banks of a river in Punjab. A dreamer, she longs to see the world beyond her little village. On a holiday, Champa goes to visit her friend Meera in Lucknow, the City of Nawabs. It is her very first train journey! She expriences the culture and history of the region through the new and intriguing sights and smells - and the adventures she has. Champa then travels with Meera and her family and discovers the land of the Buddha - his stories, his teachings and the places which marked the journey of his life...

About the Author - Illustrator:

The Indo-Gangetic Plain is a vast stretch of land with great rivers such as the Ganges and Yamuna flowing through it. Every turn of its course is imbued with history, culture, festivals and legends. Here are some of India's most ancient cities such as Benaras, Allahabad, Lucknow, Patna and Bodh Gaya - each with their own tales to tell! This is also the part of India where great figures such as the Buddha, Emperor Ashoka, Tulsidas, Kabir and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, left their mark on prosterity. Childhood memories remain vivid. I spent my early life in Lucknow, where my father was posted. The stories told by my parents while I was growing up, about this colourful cityof nawabs, has remained in my mind and I have woven them into the fabric of Champa's story. Later in life, I got involved in Vipassana - a particular technique of meditation. It is said that this was the form of meditation that the Buddha himself practiced. I had the good fortune to travel to the 'land of the Buddha', which extends over Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and a part of Nepal, with my meditation group. It was a greatly enriching experience. I have used all these places, through Champa's travels, to tell the tale of the Buddha and other stories of this region, for my young readers.

About the guests:

Kajol Devgan :

Kajol Devgan, better known as simply Kajol, is a leading Indian film actor of Indian films and is regarded as one of India's most successful female actors .

Kajol made her acting debut in the film Bekhudi (1992) and had her first commercial success with her second film Baazigar(1993) opposite Shahrukh Khan, with whom she would act in such popular movies as Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995),Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) and My Name is Khan (2010). Her performances in all four of these films were praised and earned her Filmfare Awards for Best Actress. After shooting for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghamin 2001, she took a sabbatical from full-time acting for five years. She made a comeback with Kunal Kohli's Fanaa (2006), for which she received another Best Actress Award at the Filmfare. Along with her late aunt Nutan, Kajol holds the record for most Best Actress wins at the Filmfare Awards, with five. In 2011, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri for her contribution to Indian Cinema. She is married to fellow Indian actor Ajay Devgan.

Tanisha Mukherjee:

Tanisha is an Indian actress of Bengali-Marathi descent. Tanisha comes from a prominent industry family, which has been working in Bollywood since the 1940s. Her relatives include paternal grandfather Sashadhar Mukherjee, uncles Joy Mukherjee and Deb Mukherjee, great-grandmother Rattan Bai, grandmother Shobhna Samarth and aunt Nutan. Her father is Shomu Mukherjee and her mother is actress Tanuja.. Tanisha was a VJ for Channel [V] in 1995 and hosted a show called BPL Oye. Her first film was Sssshhhh with co-star Dino Morea. Ram Gopal Varma's Sarkar, was her first hit. This film had big stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, and Katrina Kaif. Tanisha played Abhishek's childhood friend in this movie.In 2007, she appeared in a Tamil movie named Unnale Unnale (2007) and in a Telugu movie Kantri (2008). She has got two releases in 2009, Raas Leela (2009) and Tum Milo Toh Sahi (2009). In Tum Milo Toh Sahi (2009) her co-stars are Nana Patekar, Dimple Kapadia, Rehan Khan, Shefali Chhaya and Sunil Shetty. Tanisha has a cameo role in it.

About the Publishers:

Leadstart Publishing is a leading publishing house from India. It is both creative and progressive in its vision and publishing focii. The Leadstart Lists feature distinguished authors and writing from across the globe. Today, Leadstart Publishing has 10 brands and publishes over 200 titles a year, with imprints and products in all major book categories.

Leadstart is also India's largest book distribution network, with a retail distribution spread of over 100 cities, almost four times the size of its closest competitor. Leadstart Publishing has been termed 'the fastest-growing book publishing company in India today,' by The Week magazine.

Founded in 1994, Frog Books, now an imprint part of Leadstart, began by publishing a book a month. This grew to two the next year. Today, Frog brings out ten titles a month.

Our authors, editorial teams, and books, have won accolades and critical praise for their work at both national and international levels. Several Leadstart authors have won major literary prizes such as the Sahitya Akademi Award, Vodafone Crossword Awards,various State literary awards and the Jnanpith Award, as well as regularly being longlisted for other awards including the Man Asian Literary Prize.

Beyond conventional publishing, Leadstart also runs a literary agency to foster fresh talent and provide an avenue for writers to garner value for their creative work. Leadstart Publishing is a preferred content vendor for several production houses which use content created by its authors, for filming.

The company's portfolio covers a wide range of genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, Children, Business, Management, Finance, World Affairs, Politics, History, Self-Help & Empowerment, Health & Fitness, Spirituality & Religion, Philosophy, Cookery, Reference, Biography, Travel, Poetry, Activities, Hobbies, Crafts & Sports.

Leadstart has offices in India and the US and operates around the world in association with global partners.

About Crossword Bookstore:

Crossword, with fifty-four stores, across Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Pune, Nagpur, Vadodara, Kolkata, Chennai, Jaipur and Hyderabad as on today is India's fastest growing chain of bookstores. Crossword Bookstores Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary Company of Shopper's Stop Ltd - India's leading department store chain. The Holding Company inter-alia also acts as a Master Franchisee of the Company.

About Leadstartcorp

Attend the Book Launch: Venue: Crossword, Kemps Corner
Ground Floor, Mohammedbhai Mansion (below Kemps Corner fly over)
N.S.P Marg, Mumbai-400 026 Phone: (022) - 66272100 - 05
Date: 18th July , 2011 at 4:00 PM onwards

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