Thursday, March 31, 2011

TEDxUniversity of delhi

We are happy to hear that one of our authors Paro Anand is speaking at the TEDxUniversityofdelhi being held on 1st April, 2011 at the Vallabhbhai Patel Chest, North Campus.

Via TED
Welcome to TEDxUniversityofDelhi, where x=independently organized TED event.
We honor people who have created a dent in the universe by not following conventional norms and have dared to be different and who have converted their passion to profession.
We’ve brought together inspiring entrepreneurs, forward thinkers, change agents of society and astounding performers who are the trailblazers and role models for today’s youth.

You’ll hear new ways of thinking, what it means to be different and take the first step to launching your own business and being comppletely ignorant to the outside forces who prevent you from doing so. You shall be motivated by their inspiring stories which shall compel you to rethink what were you born to accomplish in your lifetime.
You can see the list of speakers here. Paro Anand is the author of our book 'Bhabhloo Bear's Adventure' and has conducted several storytelling workshops with us.
Paro Anand is the author of 18 books for children and young adults, including plays, short stories, novellas and novels. She is also published in several anthologies and has written extensively on children’s literature in the country. She headed the National Centre for Children’s Literature, The National Book Trust, India, the apex body for children’s literature in India. As a part of her work here, she set up libraries and Readers’ Clubs in rural India and conducted training programs on the use of literature.

She is a World Record Holder, for helping over 3000 children make the World’s Longest Newspaper (850 meters long) in 11 Indian states in 13 languages. The concept behind the project was to give a voice to those children who do not have a platform and to empower young people to create their own literature.
Paro Anand has been awarded for her contribution to children’s literature by The Russian Centre for Science and Culture. Dr. Kalam, the President of India, honored her for her writings on Republic Day, 2007. She has represented the country at various forums internationally, including in the UK and France. She is a performance storyteller and has performed her stories in many parts of India, UK, France and Switzerland. She runs a program, Literature in Action on the use of stories in the holistic development of young people. She was part of an Indo-Swedish workshop and has co-authored a book for teenagers with special needs, with a Swedish writer.

She has been a resource person with the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, working with children impacted by terrorist, separatist violence in Kashmir. Coming out of her experiences, she has written No Guns At My Son’s Funeral, a book that has had extensive critical acclaim. The book was nominated onto the IBBY Honor List, 2006, as the best book for young people from India. It is currently being translated into Spanish and German and talks are on for basing a film on the book. The book is about a young boy, seduced into becoming a terrorist. A follow up novel, also based in Kashmir, entitled Weed is the story of the son of a terrorist and his struggle to find an alternate life to sustain himself and his family.She was a writer-in-residence at the Woodstock School, Mussoorie, India where she worked on writing her first novel for adults.

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