Talking Cub announces the release of Subhadra Sen Gupta’s posthumous book, THE STORY OF THE FIRST CIVILIZATIONS

New Delhi: Talking Cub (the children’s imprint of Speaking Tiger) is proud to announce the publication of The Story of the First Civilizations: From Mesopotamia to the Aztecs by the Bal Sahitya Puraskar awardee Subhadra Sen Gupta.


Subhadra, who passed away on May 3, 2021 due to COVID19, leaves behind a fun and informative book for children about the ancient civilizations from around the world – Mesopotamia, Egypt, Indus Valley, China, Greece, Rome, the Americas and Africa. Laced with maps and rich illustrations by Devashish Verma, the book delves into the cultures, inventions, architecture, governments, and little-known stories about our origins.


Announcing the release, publisher, Talking Cub, Sudeshna Shome Ghosh, says: “Subhadra Sen Gupta’s works, especially those that brought history to life in new and interesting ways for children are an invaluable contribution to Indian writing for children in English. In this book, she wrote about the history of the world through the stories of ancient civilizations. It was a project that had thrilled and excited her and she had tackled it with her usual enthusiasm and meticulous research. As always, the writing here remained fresh, accessible, humorous—everything far removed from what one expects from history books. It was an honour and huge responsibility for us to publish this book after her tragic demise earlier this year. We hope readers will enjoy reading it as much as Subhadra had enjoyed writing the book.”



The Story of the First Civilizations will soon be available at all bookstores,, Amazon and Flipkart.


Price: INR 499 / Format: Paperback / Pages: 264


A giant in the world of Indian children’s writing, Subhadra previously published four books with Talking Cub: The Teenage Diary of Jodh Bai, The Teenage Diary of Jahanara, Mostly Ghostly Stories, and A Clown for Tenali Rama.




Did you know…

The Chinese were the first civilization to introduce the concept of exams?

The Indus Valley Civilization was perhaps the cleanest and most organized of all civilizations?

There used to be an Inca king who would dust himself with gold?


Dive into these and many more nuggets of information about the world’s earliest civilizations. Here you will read about the Egyptian rulers who built lavish tombs for their afterlife; about Greece, the first European civilization that gave us philosophers and mathematicians as well as the cherished concept of democracy; the builders and architects and the gladiators and warring emperors of Rome; and about Africa, the continent where gold and libraries abounded.


In her unique and engaging style, Subhadra Sen Gupta takes us on a journey around the world, and tells the known and little-known stories about our origins. Well-researched and filled with captivating illustrations, The Story of the First Civilizations will delight and educate readers everywhere.



Subhadra Sen Gupta (1952–2021) wrote over forty books for children because she thought children are the best readers in the world. In 2014, she was awarded the Bal Sahitya Puraskar by the Sahitya Akademi. In 2020, she won the Big Little Book Award instituted by Parag—An Initiative of Tata Trusts.

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