Mumbai turns Icky, Yucky, Mucky this March!


We had a wonderful bunch of little children squealing with disgust at Kitab Khana bookstore in Mumbai last weekend. We’re now set to turn Mumbai completely Icky, Yucky, Mucky this month. Join us for a reading every weekend of March at a Crossword bookstore near you.


Go naturally splotchy this year for an Icky, Yucky, Mucky Holi!

In this week’s idea for an Icky, Yucky, Mucky Holi, we would love for you to be natural this Holi! Here’s how…

You may have local organisations that create natural colours. In addition to them a wonderful organisation called Ecoexist makes completely natural Holi colours and sells them across many cities in India. Click here for a list of where you can get your natural Rang Dulaar colours.

That’s not all! You can try making your very own colours at home for your water guns.

  • Boil a few marigold flowers in water to get  bright yellow.
  • Soak beetroot overnight in water or boil it to get deep pink coloured water.
  • Mix lemon juice with turmeric into the water for red splashes.

Get set to go naturally splotchy this year!

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!


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.