The Story of Tesu

We at Reading Caterpillar are closely related to the Delhi Storytellers Network and starting this month- every first Saturday of the month, we will be hosting artists and storytellers at the library to come share a story and their art.

The Story of Tesu

Date: 1 st October | Saturday

Time: 11a.m to 12.15pm

Preferred Age Group: 8 to 12 years

Storyteller: Yuveka

About the Session:

Since 1st of October is the first day of Navratra, we will share the story of Tesu who is now part of a dying culture associated with the festival. Only two decades back the legend and the song of Tesu were very popular among young children from Old Delhi and one could hear children singing the song in the many lanes of Old Delhi. Children, especially boys would take the Tesu with them from one house to another while they sang the Tesu song.

The song goes something like this:

“Mera Tesu yahin khara, khane ko maange dahi bara

Dahi nare mein mirchi bahot, aage dyekho quazi hauz

Quazi hauz pe chali churi, aage dyekho Fatehpuri

Fatehpuri pe baitha nayi, aage dyekho Jamna bai

Jamna bai ke upar rail ka pool, aage dekho shehar Shahdara

Shehar Shahara huwa abad, aage dyekho Gaziabad...”

To register please email as we have limited spots. This is a free event and its first come first serve.

About the Teller

Yuveka Singh is a professional storyteller and the founder of Darwesh

and an active member of the Delhi Storytellers’ Network. She has more

than 10 years experience in the development sector with specialisation

in elementary education, child rights, gender and qualitative research.

She believes that stories are the backbone for social change and self


About DSN-

Delhi Storytellers’ Network (DSN) is a platform for professional storytellers based in the city and the NCR to congregate, collaborate, and commit to nurturing and developing the art form by exploring individual and collective possibilities. While enabling individual professional growth, it is committed to working with a focus on widening the scope of Storytelling to empower individuals and communities. Taking storytelling beyond the perception of mere entertainment, our endeavour is to ensure it gets greater visibility and makes its mark as a respected art form in the collective consciousness of the region.


‘How To Plot a Murder’

Do you know ‘How To Plot a Murder’?

Quick join us this Saturday morning for a writing workshop with author and scriptwriter Meghna Singhee*

And get a quick overview on the tricks of developing your own story!!

 Time 10.30am to 11.30am, on 30th April

Ages 8 to 11, Venue Reading Caterpillar Library

Please send confirmations at, these Saturday sessions are free for library members (Non-members – Rs. 300/-)

megnhan singheee

April 2016 Schedule

We are now open from Mondays to Saturdays. Please check for timings.

Sharing our Schedule for April (Saturdays) @ 10.30 am

1. 9th April 2016 – Toddler story hou

2. 16th April 2016 – Printing making for ages 6 and above

3. 23rd April 2016 – Hindi Storytime for all ages 

4. 30th April 2016 –  ‘How To Plot a Murder’ – a writing workshop for ages 8 to 11 with Meghna Singhee* – A quick overview on the tricks of developing your own story.

*Meghna Singhee started her career as a script writer for feature films and has worked worked with various production houses like Adlabs and Mukta Arts. She brings the visual sense of writing for films to her books. All her experiences melded together to help her bring words to kids. She ticked a dream off her list when she authored The Case Files of P. I. Pojo: The Killing of Mr Heathcote (2015)

These Saturday sessions are free for library members (Non-members – Rs. 300/-) and if you feel like contributing something – we would be happy to accept book donations. Please do email to let us know the session you would like to join in for :


  • We are also setting up a reading program and two libraries at the Delhi centers of Cankids, a not for profit that works in the area of paediatric cancer. We will send out a detailed mail on how you can be a part of this initiative soon but in the meantime if this is something you would like to join in and help us out with, please do drop in an email.
  • The toddler morning group will be starting in April. The days and schedule will be mailed out separately.

George’s Secret Key to The Universe, Authors: Lucy and Stephen Hawking, Review by Mannat Vikramaditya Jain, age 8


I liked this book because it is about science fiction and I want to be a scientist when I grow up….

This book is about a super computer which is called “Cosmos”. Cosmos was created by Eric Bellis and Graham Reeper. Cosmos is a computer which can draw a portal and if you go through it you will be in space. They had spacesuits so they could breadth in space. One day Eric had found Granham trying to use cosmos for his own things; he had tried to use cosmos for terrible things. This story begins when a boy called George Greeby lives at 23, Little St. Mary’s lane, Fox bridge. When Eric moves into 24 then everything is going to change……


The Imagination Box By Martyn Ford, Book Review by Risa Garg, Age 9 years 11 months and 18 days!

                                      The imagination box   


Just think. If you found a box  that could make anything you think of, what would you make?

I really like this book and I would rate it ten out of ten.

It is about a boy named Tim who is an orphan and is adopted by this person named Elsia . She owns a hotel. Tim stays in Room Number 20 and Professor Eisenstone stays in room 19 .Tim has been forbidden to go there . But one day Professor Eisenstone forgets to close the door. Tim cant resist but take a look .

The rest of the book is a secret which you have to read to find out.

This book is a really good book and I would recommend it to children between 8 to 12. It could be a little scary for some children ,as there are some scary parts .Like when Tim wore the reader hat over night and in the morning his nightmare came to life. But there are also some funny parts like when Tim created his finger monkey Phil.

I hope that you enjoy reading this book.