Friday, November 18, 2011

Bookaroo in the City (Day 2) : Vinita Krishna

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Volunteer Jit describes the storytelling session with Vinita Krishna at KV, Pushp Vihar  (via Bookaroo blog) :

The day started at 5.30 in the morning and strange as it was I found 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 Pushp Vihar.

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.


After the session the school faculty, including the Principal who had by now arrived, gave us great hospitality and over tea and snacks the bunch of us had a very insightful discussion on primary education.

Soon it was time to drop Vinita Ma’am back at her place and a happy volunteer was attending his last two classes in college by 12.30.

You can read about all the Bookaroo in the City sessions here. You can also view more pictures here.

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