Mother Steals a Bicycle and Other Stories

Tejubehan, Salai Selvam, Shruti Buddhavarapu

“Did Amma really steal a bicycle, and is it even possible to wrestle your shadow?”

Did you ever wonder how your parents were as kids? Were they up to mischief? Did they get into trouble a lot? Then read these stories about a mother who tells her child about her strange and exciting adventures growing up in a village in South India.

Look carefully at the beautiful illustrations… and imagine yourself in this fantastic world of roving hyenas, shrieking peacocks, buzzing insects and stolen bicycles…does it sound unbelievable? And yet…could it all be true?

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Weight 310.0 g
Dimensions 240 × 170 mm








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Born in a village in Rajasthan and to music, artist Tejubehan belongs to a community that wandered the streets, singing devotional songs. After moving from her village to the city, Teju married Ganesh Jogi, and the two began to work together, initially singing, but after a chance encounter with an encouraging artist, also painting. Teju has developed her own style, and she loves drawing women. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.

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Salai Selvam

Salai Selvam is a Tamil writer, interested in education, childhood studies, and children’s literature. Her writings have appeared in several Tamil feminist journals and newspapers. For over three decades she has been working on literacy and gender issues in rural India. Currently she is with an educational foundation that supports teacher education.


Shruti Buddhavarapu

Shruti Buddhavarapu is a writer, editor, poet, academic and translator. Educated in the Universities of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and British Columbia, she has a double masters in Literature and Social Justice. Informed by popular culture as much as critical theory, her work is anchored in sifting the various networks of power in the quotidian. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.


Dhwani Shah

Designer Dhwani Shah is an illustrator and graphic designer from Mumbai. She studied design from Sir J.J. School of Applied Art, Mumbai and National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She enjoys working on editorial illustrations, non fiction comics and publication design projects. Good food, conversations and books keep her going. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.