HT-Bookaroo in the City (supported by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust) moved into the third day with a session on graphic novels. Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Andrews Ganj and Lalit of Campfire Books hit it off immediately. The students were really keen on listening to mythological stories told through graphics.

Lalit asked them various questions and the students answered them with great zeal. He started of his session by asking the students if they knew what Dharma meant and what it stood for them. The students came up with interesting answers – “We should respect our elders and never tell a lie,” and “We should talk to others politely,” were some of the responses which he received.

Lalit makes it look so easy

Lalit then invited three boys and one girl to the front of the room and asked them to give their definitions of Dharma if they were Krishna, Balaram, Kamsa or Radha. A student even posed in the style of Lord Krishna.  Each of them came up with fascinating responses and it was really good to see the children interacting and giving their views on Dharma so forcefully to the entire group of students present there.

Now, it was time for a demonstration. Lalit drew a page of a comic book and showed the children an engaging, made-up-on-the-spot story about the life of Lord Krishna.  As he drew the story, the children gave their own inputs to be incorporated and Lalit made a difficult task look very easy indeed.

At the end of the session, the students surrounded Lalit asking him to stay back and teach them how to paint. They absolutely refused to let him go. The feeling was mutual as Lalit bade them a reluctant goodbye.

By Akriti Aggarwal