Thanks Champs! Thanks Pratham Books!
Paplu, the Giant, written by me and illustrated by Zainab Tambawalla was selected for story telling sessions to mark the International Literacy Day, by its publisher Pratham Books.
On 7th September more than 1000 story telling sessions were held in more than 25 languages in 27 states across the country as well as abroad. The languages included Chinese, Tibetan, Portugese, Nagamese, Mizo, Sanskrit and even sign language. Paplu reached out to kids in Canada, USA, Nepal, Brazil, Latvia, Singapore and Mozambique.
Come September 7, and the Champions who had conducted the storytelling sessions started sharing the news about their events. What started as a trickle, soon turned into a deluge of mirth, madness, magic and masti. Tale telling, histrionics, art, craft, puppetry, sprinkled liberally with dollops of creativity made each event an endearing and enduring experience.
Every slice of news increased the surge of adrenalin and soon I was bursting at the seams with pride, happiness and joy, a la Paplu minus of course the magic mantra.
I would like to thank each and every champion who made Paplu’s tryst with children unforgettable.
I would like to thank Paplu for happening to me and most of all I would like to thank Pratham Books for making Paplu happen to me.