Volunteer Jit describes the storytelling session with Vinita Krishna at KV, Pushp Vihar (via Bookaroo blog) :
myself singing on the way to the loo. FYI, that doesn’t happen even on
comfortable holiday schedules in winters. It was truly an awakening.
The metro took me promptly to Hauz Khas where I got into my car and
it took us hardly ten minutes to get to Vinita Ma’am’s place at
Sarvapriya Vihar. Another twenty minutes of travelling and we were at KV
The school has a lovely, compact sort of campus and emanates a homely
feel. The Principal had earlier admitted on the phone that she had not
left home yet creating a minor crisis. But soon she spoke to the
Vice-Principal and things were in order again. I introduced Vinita Ma’am
to the Vice-Principal and immediately got busy with the stage setup.
The entire retinue of standees took some time and effort to be put up
and arranged according to the special constraints of the Activities Room
of the school, which was being cleaning and spruced up at the time.
Soon, the teachers ushered in the students and the room was brimming
with children. Vinita Ma’am was also done chatting with the
Vice-Principal and we started the session bang on time.
Words cannot describe the manner in which Vinita Ma’am got the
students engrossed in her wordplay. She told them two stories, one that
came up spontaneously from her ideas and the responses to the same by
the kids and another from her beautiful picture book. By the end of the
session there was not a face in the whole room which didn’t have a wide
smile on it. It was a rather satisfying feeling.
by now arrived, gave us great hospitality and over tea and snacks the
bunch of us had a very insightful discussion on primary education.
volunteer was attending his last two classes in college by 12.30.