I wish I had checked out Katha's new StoryShop on my recent visit to Delhi (but Bookaroo was keeping us all busy). But, there is always a next time. Have you been to this shop? What did you think of it?
The Storyshop has a story literally everywhere: in the books, on the walls, stitched on to the handicrafts. The idea is to make reading and literature appealing and fun for children. The assortment of knick-knacks and books will appeal equally to adults.There are quaint and quirky handicrafts—from dragonfly fridge magnets in papier mâché, to wall hangings, jewellery and bookmarks in patchwork, bookmarks by the elephant poo brand Haathi Chaap, notebooks and other stationery items and Dastkari Haat’s wall clocks in painted wood (some foot-shaped, and some with Buddhas). Most of these handicraft works are made by communities working in Katha’s outreach programme. Opened on 14 November, the store attempts to bring together all of Katha’s work—in translation, education and outreach—under one umbrella.The book collection is eclectic— with classics (Chaucer’s rather adult The Canterbury Tales appears in a beautifully illustrated, and sanitized version), the evergreen Enid Blytons and Bill Wattersons, and contemporary Indian writers such as Kiran Nagarkar, Geeta Dharmarajan, Meenakshi Bhardwaj and Shanti Krishnaswamy. Proceeds from all the handicraft items go to a cause—women and children in slums, folk artists or recycled paper.A host of engaging literary activities have been planned at the store. Every Saturday, there will be either a storytelling or art or origami or recycled paper workshop. From 23 December to 2 January, there will also be a winter carnival with more storytelling, puppetry, film appreciation and a Sufi literature workshop.