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Author and comic book scriptwriter Kshitish Padhy was given a warm welcome when he visited NGO Swabalamban. The author made the children learn new things with his unique sense of humor, activities and acting. He started the session with a small Balloon game, where one child had to act like pumping air in the balloon and his partner acted like a balloon getting inflated. It’s an exercise that keeps your lungs strong and healthy. The children participated in the game enthusiastically.

Hop goes the frog and pop goes the balloon

Hop goes the frog and pop goes the balloon

Then he played a game called POP-POP, with kids, where one had to jump like frogs saying pop, the game stretched for quite some time as children were enjoying it to fullest. After that he introduced them with the concept of theater acting and all the kids gladly showed him their acting skills. Some acted like birds, some animals and some their real life idols.

Our author boosted their confidence, and made them believe that one can find happiness and success in small things. He made them realize how education is important for their career. The children promised to work hard in studies and requested the author to visit again.

 

The children at Shri Ram Global School, Gurgaon had a rocking time when Sharada Kolluru visited them on Wednesday. They sang songs of Bunnu Bhai with her. Sharada lead about 80 students, between the ages of 6-8, to the forest of Kaziranga and introduced them to Bunnu Bhai the cheery Rhino who had a song for every occasion. Bunnu Bhai invites all the animals of the jungle to a night of vegetarianism. But what happens when the feast is interrupted by an earthquuuaaake! Well Bunnu Bhai has a song to calm everyone during the calamity.

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When the tiger ate salads and the rhino sand a song

The children laughed and sung along with Bunnu Bhai. The tiger who ate salad had them rolling with laughter, howling with the wolf to announce the party and snoring with Bunnu when the story ended. The session ended with a lot of the participants expressing a desire to be writers and Sharada sharing the story of how she became one.

When Christopher C Doyle kicked off his session at Indian School with a bunch of 14-15-year-olds, there were quite a few mystery and science buffs but not too many hands went up when history was mentioned. An hour later, when he had finished, one could see many a convert to history too.

Doyle mixed mystery, science, mythology and history to keep the children rooted to their seats. Any teacher would have given his or her right arm to get such an attentive audience.

The proceedings started off with a presentation of the mysteries of the world. How did the stones at Stonehenge get up there in the first place? How was one stone (some of them weighing 50 tonnes) placed on top of others without a crane being used in the process? How were such big, heavy stones transported and used to construct the pyramids of Egypt?

History will no more be a mystery

History will no more be a mystery

It was enough to set the stage for what was to follow. Doyle emphasized the fact that he uses ancient history and what happened then with mythology and science to create fiction set in the modern world. Both his books – The Mahabharata Secret and the Mahabharata Quest: Alexander’s Secret – mesmerized. Doyle went on to talk about Alexander’s Secret in detail and the Greek conqueror’s connection with an event in the Mahabharata – the Samudra Manthan.

Did Alexander come to India with the express purpose of getting at the nectar that guaranteed immortality? Doyle left the question for the students. And the queue at the books display left no doubt that the children wanted to know more.