Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bookaroo in the City (Day 7) : Magical Hour of Stories

Have you ever fallen into the pages of a book and fallen off your chair laughing? Have you ever smelled the earth as you see the picture of rain falling on parched mud? Pratham Books brings you such magic in your world with books! Pratham Books is proud to present "Bookaroo in the City" across 22 schools in Delhi. And guess who all are coming? Anthony Horowitz, Cindy Jefferies, Paro Anand, Lian Tanner ....and many other exciting names from the world of books.

Manisha Chaudhry relives her experience at the event:

On 24th November, star storyteller Anupa Lal and I set off towards Haryana with the confidence born of being frequent Gurgaon travellers and 'Bookaroo in the City' veterans. We were headed towards Baas Educational Trust School in Gairatpur Baas village near Tikli. By the time we had discovered every back alley in the underbelly of gold rush Gurgaon, we grew silent until we glimpsed our first mustard field of the season!

Baas Educational Trust is a beautiful, green school in the middle of lush fields ringed by low hills. It has the most charming blue sweatered, gap toothed children who love to reply to simple questions with full sentences such as 'My name is Sanjana. I am nine years old'.

As the rainy breeze blew in from the big windows, Anupa told them funny and deep stories. As her strong voice rose and fell and her hands gestured, they all responded as one person.Their faces spoke before they did and by the end of a magical hour, they looked satiated with happiness. A film about the school was being shot on location and the session was captured on camera as well.

The long and winding road led us to a wonderful place for a BIC event and we are happy that the ripples of Bookaroo are getting wider..


View more pictures from all the Bookaroo events here.

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