Books For Children | Amma Take Me to the Dargah of Salim Chishti

Editor | Children’s Non-Fiction

Come, explore the places where we worship! Travel with Amma and her boys to the fascinating walled city of Fatehpur Sikri.

Hear the story of why Mughal emperor Akbar visited the Sufi saint Shaikh Salim Chishti. Walk through the imposing Buland Darwaza. Study the majestic architecture of the compound. Hear the soulful notes of azan wafting from the Jama Masjid. Tie a thread in the delicate jali screens as you make a wish. Behold the dargah of Salim Chishti shining like a white pearl in an oasis of red sandstone.

Told through interesting stories with captivating illustrations, this new series introduces readers to the history of different faiths and their associated monuments.

Bhakti Mathur, author of the bestselling Amma Tell Me series is back with an absolutely stunning new book. Titled, Amma Take Me to the Dargah of Salim Chishti (Price Rs 350), this is the third book in her latest series, Amma Take Me To that attempts to  introduce children to the many Indian religions and faiths through their important places of worship.

The books, styled as the travelogues of a mother and her two young boys, Shiv and Veer, link history, tradition and mythology to bring alive the major temples, churches, mosques and mausoleums of India in an engaging and interactive way.

The previous two books in the series are Amma Take me to the Golden Temple and Amma Take me to Tirupati.

Amma, Take Me to the Dargah of Salim Chisti is a vividlly illustrated and beautifully written account of Amma’s travels with her sons to the fascinating city of Fatehpur Sikri.

Filled with engaging stories, interesting facts and insightful details, the book is an absolute must for parent and teachers who want to introduce their children to the country’s faiths and religious places in an informative and fun manner.

Drawing from her personal experience of visiting the revered Dargah, Bhakti said: “The Dargah of Salim Chishti has been one of my favourite places to visit ever since I was a young girl. I always feel the presence of the great saint around me as I gaze upon the simple beauty of the white marble mausoleum that marks his last resting place. Many of my life’s biggest resolves have been marked here by tying the ritual thread or dhaga on the dargah’s latticed window and the revered saint has never failed me. His blessing has always given me the strength to make my dreams come true.”

About the author

Bhakti Mathur took to writing in 2010 when she created the popular Amma, Tell Me series of children’s picture books about Indian festivals and mythology. After a long stint as a banker, she now juggles her time between her writing, her passion for yoga and long-distance running, and her family. She lives in Hong Kong with her husband, their two children and two dogs. She holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of Hong Kong and freelances as a journalist. When not writing or running after her young boys, Bhakti is happiest curled up with a book in one hand and a hot cup of chai in the other. To know more, visit her atwww.bhaktimathur.com

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