Sonia Khudanpur

In the early days, visiting government schools in Rudraprayag, I would experiment with many language teaching methods that until then, we had only read and talked about. Of these, storytelling was always a hit. I have seen small but consistently positive results with storytelling on children – from engaging the attention, developing an interest in books, to awakening the desire to express through talk or writing.

“Once upon a time there lived a king, he had a big palace with golden gates and silver chariots”. Long ago in a dark jungle lived a white elephant with the black fox and the blue bird and all together were partying etc. are the different toned stories that have been narrated to us by our grandparents and parents. Most of us have grown up with listening to stories of different types, which were an emotional connect for us to the outside world of imagination.

I have a terrible habit of not completing books that I begin reading. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari is one of them. I will finish it sometime, and when I do, I might be able to tell a better story. But for now, this is where the I am at.

The practice of telling stories and listening to stories is slowly disappearing from our life and society. Why do I say slowly? If we see around, we can conclude that it is getting lost at a faster pace than ever before. A pace that will make us story-less very soon. It is said that a society which does not have stories to share has no hope. How true! And definitely that society is poor which does not have stories to be told.

What kind of books do children need? And what do we do to enable such books to be selected and included in the school libraries being introduced under RTE across the country?
I. What kind of books do children need?

Alongside a successful and award winning career as an actress and director, Nandita achieved a Masters degree in Social Work from University of Delhi and has continuously worked with various NGOs. As a chairperson of the Children's Film Society, Nandita is passionate about producing and delivering high quality films for children. Nandita Das was a Yale World Fellow 2014. She was among the 16 emerging global leaders who were chosen from close to 4000 applicants. 

A dentist by day and a wonderful webcomic artist by night, Grant Snider has created a niche for himself. Of struggle and dreams, of art and imagination,  of poetry, of innocence..his brush strokes express it all. 

Sample this on How to Grow Imagination

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Classroom activities:

1. Ask the children to draw a picture of a relative who has a moustache.  Like Anu does in the story, how would they describe them? 

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