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This World Book Day, Puffin Books is bringing a brand-new book for young readers by the legendary author Sudha Murty. It will be a simultaneous release of How the Onion Got its Layers in e-book and audiobook formats on 23rd April, 2020.

Young readers are in for a sensory explosion with Penguin Random House India releasing India’s bestselling author Sudha Murty’s new book in e-book and audiobook formats. How the Onion Got Its Layers marks the first ever audio book by Mrs Murty, which will be released on World Book Day, 23 April 2020.

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Sudha Murty

Following the success of How the Sea Became Salty, the first book in the popular chapter book series by Mrs Murty, Puffin Books, the children’s imprint of Penguin Random House India, is proud to publish How the Onion Got Its Layers. The book, peppered with gorgeous illustrations accompanying a simple yet engaging narrative, is perfect for introducing emerging readers or beginners to the timeless works by the author.

Referring to the current times and talking about the book, Sudha Murty comments, ‘During this time of lockdown, let’s stay safe and at home. Let’s use this time to do something new or even learn something. I am happy that my book, How The Onion got its Layers, is being released in its e-book and audio form for young children. I am hopeful that reading it might take them to a world of love and fantasy and bring joy to their little hearts. Happy Reading!’

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Niti Kumar, SVP marketing, digital and communications, Penguin Random House India, says, ‘We are glad and fortunate to be able to do this with one of the most beloved and talented writers of our time, create a memorable moment for Sudha Murty’s fans where they can not only enjoy her written word but also cherish its oral narration, simultaneously. I have always believed that audiobooks have the potential to carve a unique place for themselves in our literary world. Bringing both e-book and audio book format will allow people to access this beautiful book in a safe and convenient manner.’

Sohini Mitra, Publisher – Children’s, Penguin Random House India, says, ‘The idea behind this series is to introduce Mrs Murty’s works to a younger audience. With its simple, accessible narrative and sumptuous artworks, this series will be a delight and collectible for young readers everywhere.

We are excited to mark this World Book Day with the magic and power of stories—which becomes even more relevant in these uncertain times. We really hope young readers will enjoy this unique work by one of their favourite writers.’

Have you noticed how the onion has so many layers? And have you seen your mother’s eyes water when she cuts an onion? Here is a remarkable story to tell you why. India’s favourite storyteller brings alive this timeless tale with her inimitable wit and simplicity. Dotted with charming illustrations, this gorgeous chapter book is the ideal introduction to the world of Sudha Murty.

Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon, North Karnataka. She did her MTech in computer science, and is now the chairperson of the Infosys foundation. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written novels, technical books, travelogues, collections of short stories and non- fiction pieces, and six bestselling books for children. Her books have been translated into all the major Indian languages. Sudha Murty is the recipient of the R.K. Narayan Award for literature (2006), the Padma Shri (2006) and the Attimabbe Award from the government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada literature (2011).

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