What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up


Author: Jerry Pinto
Illustrated by Ashok Rajagopalan

9789354470936 | PB | pp. 16 | 2021 | Speaking Tiger

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up by Jerry Pinto answers the question on all children’s minds. The cute illustrations bring alive a plethora of choices.

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In What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up, Jerry Pinto answers this question in a delightful, hilarious way. He shows that children can do anything they want to — anything at all– bake cakes or grow cabbages, become bankers or drive an oil tanker.

Ashok Rajagopalan’s vibrant and mischievous illustrations bring to life a world of possibilities that is open to every person.

A joyful book of poetry for children to read, to laugh with, and to think about.

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Jerry Pinto
Illustrator: Ashok Rajagopalan







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About the Author

The author wrote Murder in Mahim (2017) and Em and the Big Hoom (2012; winner of the Hindu Prize and the Crossword Book Award), and the non-fiction book Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb (2006; winner of the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema). His other books include Asylum and Other Poems, Surviving Women, A Bear for Felicia, Monster Garden, When Crows Are White and, as editor, A Book of Light: When a Loved One Has a Different Mind, Reflected in Water: Writings on Goa, The Greatest Show on Earth: Writings on Bollywood, Bombay, Meri Jaan: Writings on Mumbai (with Naresh Fernandes) and Confronting Love: Poems (with Arundhathi Subramaniam). He has also translated (from Marathi) Daya Pawar’s classic autobiography Baluta, and the memoirs I Want to Destroy Myself (Mala Udhvasta Vhachay) by Malika Amar Shaikh and I, the Salt Doll (Mee Mithaachi Baahuli) by Vandana Mishra. Jerry Pinto also teaches journalism at the Sophia Institute of Social Communications Media in Mumbai and is on the board of directors of Meljol, which works in the sphere of child rights. In 2016, Jerry Pinto was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize and the Sahitya Akademi Award.


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