My friends and I had a most inspiring day today! It all started with my ramblings on twitter when I came across a tweet on my timeline about Pratham Books and the book reading drive they want to conduct on 8th September 2012, World Literacy Day. There was no looking back after that. The team at Pratham Books was quick to respond to my query and helped me put together this beautiful experience. A special thanks to my husband Ankit, son Siddharth and friends Shilpa Neha & Anoop for lending their support.
I approached Maharashtra Vidyalaya in Goregaon west, Mumbai, for conducting the session and the teachers were more than happy to have us among the reading out a story to their children. Then it was a mad rush to create cut-outs of characters from the book, create Kolam designs for children to colour and arrange for a Marathi version of the book as the children are more comfortable with the language. We chose standards 1st and 2nd for the readings.
The teachers started by explaining the kids how it is important to believe in their passion and taking it to unseen heights. Then the story began and the children sat mesmerized as they heard about Susheela’s adventures with her lovely Kolams. All this while I could see sparkle in their tiny eyes about their own dreams and untold passions. As the teacher interacted with them we found the kids sharing their own ideas of where Susheela will draw her next Kolam.
After the reading the children spent a wonderful time decorating their own Kolams with beautiful colours. Suddenly the group came alive with excited chatter of which colours to use and how to make the Kolams as beautiful as that of Susheela.
After the colouring, the kids proudly showed-off their creations! It was magical how brightly coulored Kolams transformed a class into a kaleidoscope of infinite imagination!
The teachers were so thrilled with the response from the children that they now want us to select more stories and include more classes (3rd and 4th) next time. We are so inspired by this that we now plan to take this up as a regular activity and approach many more children and spread the joy of reading stories to as many children as possible.
Thank you Pratham Books! 🙂