Author : Zai Whitaker
Illustrator : Srividya Natarajan
Kali hates school. And school hates him, he thinks, for he has no friends. His classmates find him strange. He wishes his father were an ‘ordinary' bus-conductor or postman instead of a snake-catcher, even if one of the most celebrated in the Irula tribe. He worries that others will see him eating fried termites (his favourite snack!) and laugh. And then one day, a large rat snake creates havoc in the classroom... A simple, sensitive story crafted by a writer deeply involved with environmental issues.
Best of Indian Children's Writing: Contemporary
Good for upper primary