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The Canine Chronicles

Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

The Canine Chronicles

This is the tale of Aryan, a six year old Labrador set in Covid times. It is about woofs 'n wags, licks 'n laughter & heart 'n soul.

Full Title: The Canine Chronicles: Love & Laughter in the Times of Corona

Author: Ramendra Kumar
Publisher: Blue Pencil

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

This is the tale of Aryan, a six year old Labrador set in Covid times. Aryan is a Guppy or a Grown-Up Puppy. He is staying with his mumma, papa and his two siblings all of whom are working from home. This is the first time in 12 years that Aryan’s fam has been together for more than three months. And they are having a blast despite the gloom, fear and anxiety all around. Aryan’s fam bonds like never before. It draws from its huge cache of memories and recreated the fun, the joy, the togetherness which it has been missing for years come back. The book highlights that sometimes it needs the worst of times to bring out the best in us.

About the Author: 

Ramendra Kumar (Ramen) is an award-winning writer, a storyteller and an inspirational speaker with 38 books. His writings have been translated into 29 languages – both Indian and foreign. He has won 34 awards in the competition for writers of children’s literature organised by Children’s Book Trust, over the years. This tally is one of the highest won by any writer.

Ramen’s stories have also found a place in anthologies and textbooks within the country and beyond. His stories have been showcased on several prestigious online platforms like, Radio Mirchi, Google & Apple Podcasts, Spotify etc.

Ramen has been invited to literary conferences & festivals held in Denmark, Greece, Sharjah, Sri Lanka etc as well Indian events including the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival, Bookaroo, etc. He has been conducting Workshops for children and parents across the country and also taking sessions for institutions and corporates. To know more about Ramen you can visit his website: & his page on Wikipedia.


It was 22nd March and I was sleeping, as always dead to the world. I was enjoying a particularly delicious dream. I was surrounded by my family with each member taking turns at offering me something delectably delicious. Mumma was armed with roti dunked in warm, melting butter, Anki had dipped her slender fingers into thick gooey aam-ras, which I was happily licking. Ani was feeding me fruit salad floating in honey. Even Papa the Hun was in a benevolent mood and was sharing his favourite mixed-fruit ice- cream with me.

Just then there was an infernal noise and I jumped up a foot in the air – a personal milestone. The last time I had achieved this feat was when I was a frisky teenager and mumma had stepped on my tail. Anyways, moving to the here and now, I thought the washing machine had fallen on my head. As I landed on mother earth and checked, I found that the appliance and my head were both intact.

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