An Icky, Yucky, Mucky Holi in Chennai too

For those of you in Chennai, head over to the Hippocampus centre on Saturday, March 3rd at 11:00am. They are delighted with the book and are holding a dramatised reading of the book for an Icky, Yucky Mucky Holi followed by activities conducted by them.

Click on the link below to know more.

Mumbaikars, we in the meantime are looking forward to many of you joining the author Natasha Sharma for an Icky, Yucky, Mucky Holi reading and activity at Kitab Khana bookstore at Fort on Saturday, March 4th at 11:30am. Time to go splotchy!



Review by Young India books that has us positively drooling with joy!

“Any child who has been pulled up for being messy is going to love this story.

Dirt, grime and children somehow go hand in hand. Kids believe in the maxim, ‘daag ache hote hain,’ as in a popular TV advertisement. They love playing in muddy puddles, draw on walls and absolutely revel in dropping food on their clothes and on floors. Being messy comes to kids as naturally as breathing does to an adult…

…Children are going to slurp it all up and revel in the whackiness of it all.  Continue reading

Sponge balls to get set for an Icky, Yucky, Mucky Holi!

OOOH, Holi is almost here! That means a huge amount of MESS, splotches of colour, squidges of water everywhere – just what we love at Ikhtarpur. We love it so much, we’ve decided to send you an idea every week leading up to Holi.

Watch this space as the royal family gets all set for a fabulously Icky, Yucky, Mucky Holi that is just three weeks away! Our first one to get you started on the icky, yucky, mucky road is from a lovely blog  – a SPONGE BALL!

Make a few for yourself today. They are reusable. They don’t hurt like water balloons do. Can it get any better than this?

We made the three on top and this is what we started out with: 6 sponges, a bit of floss and a scissor.

Click on the link above to view the easy-squeezy how to make it tutorial.

Thank you to everyone who attended our launch reading at Kala Ghoda!


Maharaja Icky is sighing and burping with happiness at the wonderful launch reading of Icky, Yucky, Mucky at the Kala Ghoda festival in Mumbai this weekend. With a 100 children in attendance and parents in tow, it was most certainly a feast for the eyes and ears. The author Natasha Sharma did a dramatised reading of the story, accompanied by Madhuri Kudva in the role of a wonderfully disgusting Maharani Yucky. The two burped, slurped, nibbled and chewed their way through the reading with gooey sound effects in the background. Many a child giggled and grimaced and many a parent squirmed in their chair! The kids let their creative juices flow as they made lovely splotch monsters and wrote and drew some icky, yucky, mucky stuff on the board.

A big thank you for all who attended and made it such a special afternoon for us. Our apologies to the ones who were unable to get their copy once the books sold out at the bookstore on site. Do click on our “Buy the Book” section for details on where you can get a copy.

For those in Mumbai who were unable to join us, our next session is planned at a lovely, lovely bookstore – KITAB KHANA AT FORT ON MARCH 3rd, 11:30am onwards. We look forward to seeing you there.

We have put up a few photographs here. To see some more, please visit our facebook page


We’re going splotchy with the wait to Kala Ghoda!

We’ve gone completely splotchy in anticipation of our reading of Icky, Yucky, Mucky!  at the Kala Ghoda festival. Here is a sneak peak at the action behind the scenes.

Join the author for a dramatised reading from the book and some fun activities:

Saturday, Feb 11th, 11am – 12pm at the David Sasson Library garden,

Next to Westside department store, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai.