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Tot Batot cover Tik-Tik, The Master of Time

From The Hindu, INDIA, 2 March 2013
“Tik-Tik, The Master of Time is a breezy, humorous adventure story—with some very rudimentary science for young readers—but it has a self-evidently serious side too. Tik-Tik’s impatience is a version of a paranoia many of us have experienced as children: suspecting that Adulthood is an exclusive, privileged club floating unreachably in the misty distance; wondering when (or if!) we will be admitted to this fellowship and what deep secrets we might learn when that happens. The irony is that, for a grown-up reader, a book such as this one can both create and fulfil the opposite sort of yearning. And this may be why the climax…is so affecting—Tik-Tik’s sense of loss and disorientation when he finally gets his wish and then realises that there is no going back is easy to relate to. For those of us with limited access to space eggs and giant propellers, revisiting our favourite children’s books—and discovering new ones—is a good practical way of bridging time’s great divide.” --Jai Arjun Singh

From The News on Sunday, 16 December 2012
“Growing up is not just about time passing, or accumulating days and years. Growing up is about becoming wiser and more mature, and you needn’t be physically old to have that. “Tik-Tik, the Master of Time” tells us just that, without preaching or turning the book into a tedious moral example of what happens to naughty children who are too full of themselves and don’t listen to anyone. That is probably the biggest appeal “Tik-Tik” has for children of a certain age group—it can also be read as just an amusing story, full of interesting facts about how science works, helpfully illustrated by Michelle Farooqi’s wonderful, lucid drawings that capture a playful childishness without turning into cartoons.” –Mina Malik-Hussain

From DNA, INDIA, 24 February 2013
“Tik-Tik speaks like a disgruntled, curmudgeonly scientist. Problems “should not be allowed to continue unchallenged”, enemies are pitted against each other with Machiavellian cunning and Tik-Tik’s grandiose plans are constantly foiled. Tik-Tik is, of course, the smartest of them all, which makes his slow growth even more infuriating. With his self-importance, conniving plans and half-baked knowledge, he ends up doing a passable imitation of the average adult… The language is simple and the author’s empathetic approach to the longings of childhood will be appreciated by an adult reading it to their child. The illustrations add to the book’s charm. As Farooqi makes clear,there is no going back to childhood, but this book conjures up all the frustrations and dreams of a thwarted, oppressed child.”--Apoorva Dutt

From Time Out, Mumbai, INDIA, 31 January 2013
“Tik Tik, The Master of Time, unfolds in a galaxy, or at least a planet far far away. Two young residents of planet Nopter are sick of growing up taking so terribly long. They search for a way to speed the process up and find no solution on home turf. One of them, Tik Tik, decides he needs to go hunting through space, and lands up on planet Earth, only to find a madcap string of adventures waiting for him.” --Mithila Phadke

From Beanbag Tales Blog, 17 November 2012
“Tik-Tik, the Master of Time, is a sort of sci-fi book for kids with a great story and some very unforgettable characters…We need to let out children develop their imagination and creativity by reading good fiction which includes fairy tales, classics, and lots of picture books…I don’t know if Tik-Tik, the Master of Time will make your children more intelligent (though there is a bit of science lesson in it also!) but it will make them think, and laugh and wonder and maybe even get inspired to write their own story. They might color the illustrations or even name their pet Dum-Dum. But above all, they’ll read a story about friendship and adventure – something we all need in our lives no matter how old we are.” –Farheen Zehra Jafar

Tot Batot coverRABBIT RAP: A Fable for the 21st Century

From India Today, INDIA—24 August 2012
“This illustrated rabbit fable is a new chapter in the lengthy and venerable list of rabbits in English language fiction and film, not to mention the clever rabbits of the Panchatantra..." –Gillian Wright

From Papercuts magazine—December 2012
“Writing engagingly for readers of different age groups is not everyone’s cup of tea, but Mr. Farooqi is able to do so for two reasons. First, he is stellar at showing conflict in his characters and their everyday relationships... Rabbit Rap raises issues that matter to you, me and the world. Importantly, it raises these issues for that cadre of readers whose future is most in peril because of them. Let’s hope they’re listening.” Afia Aslam

From The Hindu, INDIA —11 August 2012
“The book is everything the title promises...A fast, exciting, modern-day graphic fable, the book is a richly illustrated story about disaster-prone rabbits..."

From The Pioneer, INDIA—29 September 2012
“Rabbit Rap presents a radical critique of industrial capitalism, genetic engineering, and exploitative business/political leadership, motivated by monopolistic profit taking. It also features radical resistance to the dominant tropes of capitalistic exploitation through militant mass action, aggressive mobilisation egged on by revolutionary song writing (which is where the title ‘Rabbit Rap’ derives from), and eventually the overthrow of the exploiters by the liberators... The illustrations accompanying the prose, the overall layout, the quirky cover, and the elaborate epigraphs in the manner of 18th century novels such as those by Henry Fielding make for an impressive package...The illustrations are funny and delicate, done in the nonsense rhyme style you’d associate with a fine hand (perhaps even Edward Lear’s!). Honestly, the illustrations and the overall layout, including choice of font, are quite exceptional. – Debraj Mookerjee

From The Sunday Indian, INDIA —27 August 2012
“When you flip through the pages of Rabbit Rap your initial reaction is - Ah, yet another wonderful book for children. It's only when you start reading it you realise that the looks of books too could be deceptive. 'A fable for the 21st Century' is a serious fictional narration which at the outset looks farcical, only to force you think deeply about human ambition in the from of anthropomorphic rabbits..." – Vijay Soni

From DAWN Books and Authors—23 September, 2012
“Rabbit Rap is a fun, low-brow romp in the hay with impulsive, raucous characters unable to stay out of trouble..." – Mahvesh Murad

From Indian Express, INDIA—01 September, 2012
“Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s latest offering, ostensibly for children but clearly also for older readers, is a gentle critique of modern living and corporate greed. Employing the familiar trope of using animals to provide a commentary on human life, Rabbit Rap has as its central characters that most non-threatening species of all, the bunny..." – Proteeti Banerjee

From Businessworld, INDIA —23 August 2012
“For sure, Rabbits and their ecosystems are a uniquely surprising milieu for a corporate fiction. But Pakistani novelist Musharraf Ali Farooqi is not your run-of-the-mill story teller.”-- Sanjitha Rao Chaini
From TimeOut Mumbai, INDIA—31 August, 2012
“The story reflects our times – the avarice, the corporate control, the uncertainty...There is a sharp wit on display in the wordplay...The well-executed illustrations are fun, and the characters emerge quite clearly.” – Samina Mishra

From Mail Today, INDIA —11 August 2012
“Farooqi's latest, Rabbit Rap, is a satirical fable that explores the issues facing the developing world as it comes to terms with genetic engineering, corporate social responsibility, and the political and social climate in which it thrives. It's a gem of a book. Read it.” – Charu Soni

From People magazine, INDIA—19 Oct 2012
“The novel mainly centres around Rabbit Hab whose modern and scientific approach causes him to clash with the more traditionalist forces in his society. Ostensibly an oddball children's tale, the rabbit world in Musharraf's book also works well as a metaphor for the potentially damaging impact of the commercial-industrial complex.” - Lakshmi Sankaran

From The Sunday Standard, INDIA—12 August 2012
“Rabbit Rap has a strong message on environmental change, green politics and organic farming.”

From LifePositive, INDIA—September 2012
“The delightful fantasy straddles the young adult and general readership. It is lavishly illustrated, and will appeal to a wide range of readers. Its unusually packaged but strong message on environmental change, green politics, and organic farming in a non-threatening but convincing format will be, hopefully, more effective than the traditional didactic do-or-die approach.” – Luis S. R. Vas

Tot Batot coverThe Amazing Moustaches of Moochhander the Iron Man
and Other Stories

Finalist, Best Publication for Children category, India ComicCon Award

From LiveMint—30 March, 2011
“The warmly hilarious story of Molka the Giant forms one of four stories in MusharrafAli Farooqi’s newest book, The Amazing Moustaches of Moochander the Iron Man and Other Stories. Farooqi, whose writing for adults, notably 2008’s The Story of a Widow, has moved critics to call his style Austenian, writes in the matter-of-fact narrative tone of fairy tales here. Each of his tales shares the fairy-tale quality of absurdity...The collection’s title character, Moochhander, has to face the existential crisis of his luxuriant facial hair failing him—talk about a little Philip Roth of a children’s fable. In Monkeyshines, based on an old Urdu story, an enterprising monkey finds that his rudimentary barter economy teeters on the brink of collapse when he tries to swap a tray of sweets for a bride. Unlike fairy tales, however, none of Farooqi’s stories are didactic. Instead, they are written to charm and amuse, and all of them succeed, the read-aloud quality of Farooqi’s narratives beautifully complemented by Michelle Farooqi’s comic illustrations, thanks to which baking giants, sarcastic tiny pigs, cunning monkeys and moustaches full of character dance through the pages with aplomb.” – Supriya Nair

From The Sunday Guardian—20 March, 2011

“The Pakistani writer Musharraf Ali Farooqi has one of the most diverse oeuvres of any contemporary author I know...his latest book The Amazing Moustaches of Moochhander the Iron Man and Other Stories is a charming collection of four short stories for young readers, with illustrations done by Farooqi's wife Michelle...Farooqi is no traditionalist in his views on what sort of literature is appropriate for children...'Children are tougher than we give them credit for,' he says, 'and in any case, if something scars them, it won't be stories – it will be the hypocritical and aggressive behaviour they regularly see from adults in the real world around them.'” – Jai Arjun Singh

From The Book Review, Volume XXXV No. 11—NOVEMBER 2011
“The Amazing Moustaches of Moochhandarthe Iron Man and other stories has four terrific stories... The stories are the right length for five year olds (mine sat wide-eyed and silent throughout). They have room to pause and explain an unfamiliar word like ‘applause,’ for which there are familiar synonyms, and so the child learns a new word. There’s no dumbing down of vocabulary, nor of emotion. The sadness of Moochhander when he is old turns into hope and joy just as the five-year old listener’s eyes become round enough to fall out of her head. Michelle Farooqi’s delicious illustrations have an imaginative life of their own, almost, but they always match the stories and are arranged to figure at the right point rather than coming much before or much after the event they picture. Absolutely fabulous...” - Shobhana Bhattacharji

From Mid-Day—26 March, 2011

“There's enough to coax kids to read The Amazing Moustaches of Moochhander the Iron Man and Other Stories from cover to cover. Pakistani author Musharraf Ali Farooqi's four tales, with life-like illustrations, will rekindle how we read our stories, the old-fashioned way. India's favourite children's book writer Ruskin Bond believes this book is delightful to read out loud, or for children who are beginning to read for themselves. "The illustrations add to the fun," he adds. Each of the four stories created by Musharraf Ali Farooqi, author, novelist and translator, have been written to bring the essence of storytelling back to how it is meant to be – simple, effortless and life-like. Giving breath to each character and story are Michelle Farooqi's illustrations - created in a style that is reminiscent of artwork usually observed in Scandinavian and Russian fairy tale books.” – Fiona Fernandez

From The Hindu—4 April 2011

“An easy read, the book is a page turner. Sure to make you laugh.” – Archana Subramanian

From Indian Express—30 April 2011
“The fun doesn’t stop in Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s The Amazing Moustaches of Moochhander the Iron Man and other Stories...A fun read-out-loud book for children below 7 years, though anyone who loves “a fantastic adventure in a strange land” will find a lot in here.” – Sharon Fernandes

From Deccan Herald—25 February 2012
“These fun stories come alive with enchanting illustrations on every page. The large print makes it great for those of you who are beginning to read to yourselves.” - Monideepa Sahu

From The News on Sunday—20 April 2014
“There is a common strand running through these stories: the main protagonists are individualistic and uncompromising characters. It will be most interesting and, perhaps a tad inspiring, for children to read about them.” Rumana Husain