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T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan: Babalogs and their books

T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

A couple of days ago, a visiting niece from the United States told us that her seven-year-old daughter was reading Enid Blyton. Since almost everyone else present was in their late 40s, this led to a flood of babalog nostalgia about Noddy, Secret Seven, Malory Towers, Five Find-Outers and so on. And, then, as always happens with Indians who have higher educational degrees, the conversation turned "intellectual". The trigger word was a Blyton character called Golliwog, a black rag doll popular more than 100 years back. The topic was the impact of colonial fiction on fresh ...