On a Trickster Trail!

Has a cunning and crafty creature ever come your way? Played a prank  on you and got away? Yes? You’ve met a Trickster!

Tricksters have existed in our stories and folktales for as long as one can remember , making stories come alive far beyond a page . When people travelled from one place to another they took with them one of their most  prized possession s - their stories. These stories were passed from one culture to another and soon tricksters were born. 

There’s Anansi from Ghana, Hare and Tortoise stories of the Thonga people from Mozambique, the tortoise from Cameroon, England’s Hedley Kow, The leprechaun from Ireland, the Monkey God from China, Amir Hamza from Persia , and our very own Jataka Tales… the list is endless and the stories fascinating as they weave their way through centuries – changing shape and form sometimes! 

Last week , 12th December 2014 we took a  peep into their fascinating world of pranks and tricks! Got to know why and how these tales came about , and why it’s all so important!  Oh! And Thinkling’s very own Trickster Champs shared his story of how he came about! 

The best part? Everyone got to create their own trickster!! 


Smayana Singh

  1. My trickster is a baby female monkey
  2. Cute big face
  3. Likes apples dislikes pears
  4. Smart funny and a bit mean
  5. The ability of turning into anything she wants
  6. Tricksterfun the monkey


 Lyla Saigal

  1. My trickster is a human. She is a female.
  2. Light blue skin, Purple eyes, bright yellow hair, no eyebrows and always smiling
  3. Likes- Candy, books, cupcakes and tricks   Dislikes – Snakes, Slugs and al slimey things
  4. Talkative, kind, helpful, great friend, smart, Happy unless someone makes fun of her then she turns vicious
  5. My characters special abilities include shape changer, skin changer and invisibilty
  6. Master mind blue



  1. Human (female)
  2. She looks innocent, but is evil. Well dressed, pretty and tall (has long hair which is dark brown, brown eyes and a round face).
  3. Likes cake and icecream and food, tricking and sleepovers (and BFFS). Dislikes cats and bad days (mostly to do with hair)
  4. Sweet yet tricky, devious
  5. All kinds of magic, usually uses her powers to open portals.
  6. Shadowwoman


Naomika Saran

  1. My trickster is a female and she can transform into an animal
  2. She wears a lomg coat, a floppy hat, black gloves, pink shoes and a yellow hairband
  3. Dislikes cats because of their fur. She does not like sports.
  4. Her nature is nice, always sweet but if anybody makes fun of her she gets very angry.
  5. The special ability that she has is the power to transform into any mythical creature that she desires.
  6. Dr. Mythmaster


 Jannat Baswani

  1. My trickster is going to be an animal and it will be a female. The animal will be a hen.
  2. Neon green feahers with a black coat and a pink beak. It is also cute.
  3. Likes- visitors, eggs and dislikes humans
  4. Her nature is very sweet and loves visitors.
  5. She can throw eggs at anyone and can change into anything she sees.
  6. Eggsta green


V.S.N (AKA Vivaan)

  1. Male snake
  2. Black scales and bronze eyes
  3. Likes tricking people for fun and sometimes to help them. Dislikes goody two shoes.
  4. 60% good and 40% bad
  5. Can change appearance, really really cleer and can mimic voices
  6. Name – ???


Jia Lakhamraju

  1. My trickster is a cheeta female
  2. My trickster normally looks like a cheeta with mainly spots (even on the face and legs)
  3. Like tricking other animals and people
  4. Lives in the jungle of doom
  5. Has th ability to change form, make sounds like other things and fly, swim and walk
  6. trickcheeti


  1. My trickster is an animal and persom together
  2. Rabbit face with dog teeth, human body and dog paws
  3. Is scared of ants
  4. Clever with a pinch of meaness
  5. The ability to turm people to ice and to make them small
  6. Dr. Candy Cane


And now we are waiting to read more about these tricksters!!

Till then,

Signing off



Light in a bottle

All of us at Thinkling talked about what the word light means to all of us before we got down to write about it for the Autumn 2014 issue.

Willabinka Said‘Let there be Light!’ He wants to help spread the light of knowledge, he wants to see his friends face light up as he does something kind, he wants to light up all the tiny villages in far flung places, he wants to chase all the bugs that light up the summer nights. Light…. is one tiny word that means so much! 

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We came across one such person who wanted to spread the gift of light! Read this post to know more about his project and we also have DIY project just for you!

Alfredo Moser, a Brazilian Mechanic and inventor, lived in a neighbourhood that faced frequent power cuts. One day when he was playing with the sun rays passing through a bottle of water, he noticed how the ray of light bent or refracted when it passed through the water and created a circle of light. This was his ‘Eureka’ moment! This bottle of water and sunlight could light up a dark room!


 And soon he was lighting up his neighbourhood - A simple idea that made a difference!

Fill water in a two litre plastic bottle and two caps of bleach to it (the kind used for clothes), drill a hole in the roof and Stick 1/3rd of the bottle out. The Sunlight does the rest of it; the refraction of sunlight through this bottle helps light up a dark room. This bottle produces light that is 40-60 watts, and is absolutely free once it is installed.

MyShelter Foundation adopted this idea and started a movement called ‘Liter of Light’. There are lots of homes, especially in urban slums where houses are built so close to one other that even on a bright sunny day, no light seeps in. This ‘Solar Bulb’ has been used to light homes of millions of poor people in countries like Philipines, India, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Argentina, Fiji and many more!

Put refraction to some use in this simple project! Try it today!

 You will need:

  • A cardboard box
  • Water
  • One or two-capful bleach
  • A plastic bottle – A small 300 ml water bottle will also work if you have small carton
  • A-4 size Black paper

1. Fill the bottle with water.

2. Add one to two capfuls of bleach to the bottle to prevent moss from growing in the water and taking over your bottle bulb!

3. Cut out a hole on the roof of the box- just enough for 1/3rd of the bottle to stick out. Seal it in so it does not slip out. Close the box.

4. Roll an A-4 sheet into a cylinder and use this as a cover for the top of the bottle that is sticking out

5. Cut out a small window on the side of the box.

6. Remove the black cover from the top of the bottle and peep in through the window. It is lit up!

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(cardboard box pictures credit: http://www.instructables.com/id/Cardboard-Fort-With-Solar-Bottle-Bulb/)

Turn this simple cardboard box into a neat project – you could create a whole secret city, an Amazonian jungle even inside the box! Fix the bottle, cut out a window and there you go – A perfect lit up gift for anyone!

You can also put this to real use in your house if you have shed that needs lighting up or know of a slum near your house. This Bottle of Light can light up someone’s Day! You must visit the website – http://aliteroflight.org/ to know more about how this project is helping millions of people around the world!



‘Tis the season to be thankful!

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Our question for Sticky Situations, the section where we introspect, was -

Can you Count Your Blessings?

This time in Sticky Situations, we’re going to stop and before we give or receive, we’re going to say “Thank You”. How about if this time, we give thanks, not gifts? Appreciate people a little more, and things a little less. And after we stop taking everything for granted, how about reaching out to others less fortunate than you?

Did you read “Sadako and the Thousand Cranes”, a book recommended in our Monsoon issue? Japanese legend goes that anyone who folds 1000 cranes, will be granted a wish.  Cranes have great symbolism in many cultures for a long life, good luck, fidelity and loyalty, and even immortality.

We decided to make paper cranes for all our friends wishing them good health and happiness. You can learn how to make one (check this link – http://www.pinterest.com/pin/A1t4QgAQwEUH9rOfgzMAAAA/ ) .

Do read the Sticky Situations in the Thinkling issue – Light: Autumn 2014 to and also know how you can do your bit to help others

Chocolate recipes to rock your Tastebuds!!

Did you try our Chocolate Delights in our Autumn issue – Light?  Rocked your friends’ tastebuds?!

We promised you a few more ideas of what to do with melted chocolate and our Flavour Wheel – here they are!  Got leftover melted chocolate? (or if you don’t, go melt some!)

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Chocolate Discs

Put tablespoons of chocolate on wax or butter paper and sprinkle with any of your highly flavourful ingredients from the Flavour Wheel. Other good toppings are nuts, dried fruit, sprinkles, crushed up candies.

Chocolate Clusters

This is a very un-mathematical recipe – take your melted chocolate and mix cornflakes or another breakfast cereal in to the chocolate. Add the cereal spoonful by spoonful – the chocolate should coat the cereal but be hard to stir. Drop large spoonfuls on a tray and let cool. Eat once cool.

What else can you dip into your melted chocolate? We love plain salty potato chips in chocolate – sweet and salty!

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A gift for you :)

Neel, Mira, Binka, Champs and all of us at Thinkling wish you a very Happy Diwali!

Our latest issue is all about light.

Light… one tiny word that means so much. This Diwali, let your inner light shine.

Illustrator Saumya Menon made a special illustration for us. Can you spot the different ways we can play with light?

Click on the link below. Print this out, fold it in half, colour it in and write a message for a loved one.

Diwali Card



Book Maker make me a book! Meet Aditi Babel

A Book Maker speaks

Aditi Babel is a bookmaker. She loves hand-crafting books. Her design Studio is located in the Mewar region of Rajasthan in the city of lakes, Udaipur. Thinkling spoke to her about her unique work


T.  How did you become a bookmaker?

AB. It was during my post graduation at IIT Bombay that I started practicing this craft. After a year living and breathing book making, I wanted to learn it formally. I was just driven by my passion for the craft.

T. Did you study book making? And where?

AB. I did. I researched for almost a year about the different courses available around the world on Book Making. I finalised on a beautiful print making school in Florence, Italy. At SRISA (Santa Reperata International School of Art) I not only studied book making but also practiced traditional print making techniques like letterpress printing, screen printing, linoleum cut, mono printing, image transfer, traditional photography processes like Vandyke brown, Cyanotype, printing on wood, silk and creating my own pin hole cameras. All these helped me enhance my book craft.

T. What is the most fun book you have ever made?

AB. The most fun book I have made till now is an animal book for children. It was completely handcrafted.The idea came to me during a workshop I was taking for children. Their choice of colors and forms inspired me to create my first and most favourite children’s artist book.

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T. What are the different materials you use?

AB. I love working with paper but I have experimented with fabrics like cotton and silk, wood and now working with acrylic. As far as the tools go one needs very basic tools like scale, cutter, scissors, thread and needle, a creaser and an awl (tool that helps to create a punch in the paper)

You can see lots of interesting books made by Aditi at www.aditibabel.co

Here’s what she made for us! To learn how to make it please check our Thinkling Autumn Issue – Light, October to December 2014

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