Monday, January 31, 2011

United Colours of Literature

Sandhya Taksale writes about her Jaipur Literature Festival experience..

It was a total celebration.. celebration of books, authors and good writing.

From 21st-25th January, the beautiful pink city of Jaipur was literally rocked by the who's who of the Literary and Art worlds. 225 authors and speakers from 23 countries and around 30,000 book lovers from across the world thronged the Diggi Palace where the festival was held.

The atmosphere was charged with energy and excitement. The venues were packed with people spilling out from every direction, eager to listen to authors like J. M. Coetzee, Orhan Pamuk and others. People listened, discusses, debated over several issues and books seemed to fly off the shelves every day. Book lovers standing in long winding queues to get autographs of the authors was a common sight. The stimulating line up of brilliant writers included- Richard Ford, Martin Amis, Henning Mankell, Junot Diaz, Ruskin Bond, Patrick French, Vikram Seth, Chimamanda Adiche, Adaf Soueif and many others. The gathering included many renowned South Asian writers and our own Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, Prasoon Joshi, Mrinal Pande, Ashok Vajpayee pulled the crowds. Many celebrities from Bollywood, like Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Kabir Bedi, Om Puri, Ila Arun visited the festival. Some of the sessions this year focussed on regional language literature.

At the venue, spaces were created to linger or to sit in the warm sun and chat over a cup of tea or coffee.

After 6.30 pm, the stage was set for some music and dance. The gulabi thand, delicious food and drinks and the mesmerizing music from across the world was a perfect end to every evening. Classical music, Qawali, Sufi and Folk music, Rock and Rap - everything was there.

Pratham Books had also put up a stall at this festival. Kids, schoolchildren, book lovers visited this stall and the books just flew off the shelves. Our brand new books got a very good response. Children could not take their eyes off from the colourful books, beautiful illustrations and engaging stories.

In this fest, the Tehelka foundation also conducted a workshop for children in Jaipur. The theme for this year was Building Bridges – human to human. A group of 50 children from Public and NGO schools were selected. In this workshop, the session on 'Books as the means of Communication' was conducted by our team members - Manisha Chaudhry and Sampurna Murti. They also read out passages from 'Pehelwanji' and 'Abbu Khaan ki Bakree'. The photos from the book 'Narmada' were an example of how photos can also be a medium of communication in children's books.

For our team, the Jaipur Literature Festival was a wonderful experience and all of us are looking forward to attending it next year too.

Pratham Books : A Big Hit at the Jaipur Literature Festival

Via The Hindu

Books for children displayed at a stall by Pratham at the Jaipur Literature Festival which concluded here on Tuesday attracted a large number of literary fans and many celebrated authors attending the carnival.

Pratham Books — a non-profit organisation floated in 2004 — achieved its objective of “spread[ing] the joy of reading among children” by selling nearly 1,500 books daily during the five-day literary event. Youngsters from the weaker sections of society as also school children of the Pink City made a beeline for their favourite titles.

Of the 200 titles published by Pratham so far, 60 in both Hindi and English were exhibited at the bookstall opposite the Diggi Palace front lawns, which was the venue for daily interactive sessions of literary giants with a probing audience. In between the sessions, book lovers joined the children at the stall, hunting for colourful and attractive titles.

“If the chuckling girls and boys were any indication, Pratham books succeeded in bridging the divide between learning and fun at the literature festival,” Kulbhushan Kothari, Pratham's managing trustee in Rajasthan, told The Hindu here on Thursday. Parents and teachers accompanying the students especially appreciated the illustrations, storylines and the printing quality, he added.

The most popular titles among the books available at the stall were: Narmada: A Pictorial Journey Down The River, Ganga Ki Lehrein and Hanstey-Hanstey Seekho — a pack of 10 story cards. Mr. Kothari affirmed that Pratham's participation in the Jaipur Literature Festival for the fourth successive year indicated its popularity.

In an effort to share the contents and be more inclusive, Pratham has adopted the Creative Commons framework widely — making its stories and illustrations available under an open licence model — and kept the prices of the books very low. Mr. Kothari said the literary carnival considerably helped the organisation move towards achieving its societal mission: ensuring a book in every child's hand.

Events like this also helped Pratham in working to engage the imagination of children in a way that encourages acquiring of knowledge amid fun and frolic, said Mr. Kothari.

The septuagenarian educationist, who sat down at the bookstall through the five days, earlier served with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Indonesia, Thailand and the US.

Mr. Kothari said the 200 original titles published by Pratham feature stories with Indian scenarios and characters covering a gamut from fiction to non-fiction and folk tales to stories about science, constituting the “largest spectrum covered by [any] Indian publisher.”

Noted authors and illustrators such as Bapsi Sidhwa, Manorama Jafa, Ranjit Lal, Olivia Fraser, Tapas Guha, Bindia Thapar and Neeta Gangopadhyay are working with the organisation while producing books for children in the age group of 3 to 14 years. More than 60 lakh books have been printed so far and supplied to 18 States in the country.

Mr. Kothari said the four-page laminated “story cards” priced just Rs.2 each — a big hit with the institutional educational programmes — were sold out at the festival. Projects such as Bodhivriksha in Bihar and Padho Punjab in Punjab have used this material in their reading enhancement and library building programmes.

Referring to Pratham's IT innovations, Mr. Kothari said about 84 of the books are available on digital platforms such as ipads, iphones, androids and e-readers, and a vibrant online community had emerged through Twitter and Facebook, keeping abreast of the organisation's latest initiatives.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Indian Graphic Artists Draw Outside the Box for Nonfiction 'Bhimayana'

Via The Washington Post (via Chintan Girish Modi)

When tribal artist Durgabai Vyam was asked by a publisher to draw for a graphic book about caste untouchability in India, she leafed through the celebrated titles laid out in front of her -- books by Art Spiegelman, Joe Sacco, Osamu Tezuka and Marjane Satrapi.

She was aghast.

"The books were full of boxes. I did not want to do a book that cages art in little boxes," said Vyam, 35, recalling her first brush with the literary genre that is slowly taking off in India. "I like to draw in open spaces, where they can breathe."

Vyam and her husband, Subhash Vyam, just put final touches on "Bhimayana," a graphic nonfiction book about Bhimrao Ambedkar, a revered 20th-century leader of India's untouchables, now known as Dalits.

But this book is different in that it jettisons sequential, cinematic narrative style and brings visual magic realism into a new universe. Symbolism tells the story.

The Vyams are renowned practitioners of Gond tribal art, traditionally painted on floors, walls and doorways of mud huts in villages. The indigenous art form made the transition to paper and urban galleries only three decades ago. The edgy graphic book is the latest incarnation of their ancient art.

The lake where Ambedkar agitated for access to water takes the shape of a giant fish; a road winds across the page like a snake; a desperately thirsty Ambedkar at school is shown with a fish inside him. A train runs on wheels that look like coiled snails; trees grow legs and race along as the locomotive's steam billows like long, flying locks of hair. When Columbia University graduate Ambedkar is thrown out of a motel because he is an untouchable, the Vyams draw prickly thorns all over his body.

Symbolism is central to the Gond art world; nothing is perceived literally. Subhash Vyam, 40, dismisses realistic representations as "ditto art."

Even the speech bubbles in "Bhimayana" are shaped like animals. "If you speak sweet words of truth and justice, then your bubble is like a sparrow. If your words are going to sting and cause pain, then the bubble is like a scorpion," Subhash Vyam said.

This year, New Delhi-based architect and writer Gautam Bhatia wrote a graphic novel called "Lie," using the medieval Mughal miniature painters to tell a tale of modern India's political and social decay.

"These miniature artists used to portray scenes from Hindu mythologies. It was difficult to try to get them to paint modern politicians, multiplexes and malls," Bhatia said. "The graphic book is still in its very early stages in India. Writers are testing new ground and new methods."

Read the entire article here.

Also, this book will be released in 5 Indian cities. Click here to view the schedule.

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E-Commerce Site Lets Users Buy a Better Life For Girls in India

Via Mashable

“The Girl Store” is a rather jolting title for an e-commerce site, but that’s exactly what its creators were going for.

“It’s true that girls are literally being sold into slavery, and we wanted to pick up that thought to make [helping them] provocative,” explains Corinna Falusi, the creative director of ad agency StrawberryFrog, which designed the campaign for NGO Nanhi Kali.

The site asks visitors to “buy a girl her life back” by donating school materials to girls in India — thus helping prevent the common practice that its title alludes to. Visitors can scroll through a gallery of girls (the images are models, but names and ages belong to real girls) and choose who to purchase shoes, a uniform, pencils, or books for. When all of the items a girl needs in order to be allowed to attend school are purchased, the site displays an “off to school” label over her image.

Girls whose names are on the site are among the 57,000 that Nanhi Kali helps educate in India, a country where female children are often seen as economic burdens and more than half of women are illiterate. Because their families are often reluctant or unable to pay for their education and dowries, they are at risk of being sold into slavery or marriage at an early age.

Read the entire article here.

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Book Reviews on Young India Books


Young India Books is a website that reviews children's books about India. Their mission is to :
* To promote quality literature about India for children.

* To assist various stakeholders - parents, teachers, librarians and book-sellers select appropriate books for children.

* To form partnerships with key stakeholders in order to enrich the quality of Indian literature for children.

Some books that have been published by us have also been reviewed on the website:

1. A MAN CALLED BAPU
The story of this simple and straightforward man has been put together in a way that will appeal to young and old alike.

What I enjoyed most was the way the various incidents have been woven seamlessly together. The little anecdotes from his life, inserted on various pages also add an interesting dimension to the book. Kids generally find history boring. But if presented as it is, in this well illustrated book, kids are sure to read and remember.

However, a tighter narrative would be helpful in sustaining a young reader’s attention.

The illustrations are simple and yet at the same time eye-catching.

In fact, A Man called Bapu is a must read for both adults and children.
You can read the entire review here.


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2. CHEENU'S GIFT
Cheenu's gift is a delightful story of a segment of society, hardly ever represented in children's literature in India - street vendors, sweepers, servants and such.

We see them, yet we don't see them!

The book is well laid out and has a font that will appeal to kids. Big, bright, true to life illustrations are an added bonus!
You can read the entire review here.


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3. BANI
Every child fantasizes about flying off to a land where magical things happen.

Children will be delighted with the flight of fantasy. Beautiful illustrations also add to the dreamlike quality of the story.

You can read the entire review here.


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4. ANNUAL HAIRCUT DAY
It was time for Singeri Srinivasan to have his annual haircut. But no one seems to have the time to cut his long locks for him. Not his barber, not his wife and not even the carpenter.

Kids will love to read and listen to this story in a comic book style, that is simple, well illustrated and fun to boot.
You can read the entire review here.


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5. GANGA
In this pictorial book, Sanjeev Saith traces the path of the mighty Ganga - a mystical, magical river that gives life and sustenance as it flows from its source at the Gangotri, to its delta in the Bay of Bengal.
Through photographs that are at times surrealistic and at others throbbing with life, one can almost visualize the journey of the river, through the icy caverns of the Himalayas where it emerges as the river Bhagirathi, over rocky cliffs, through various temple towns, and finally to the delta in the Sunderbans, where it meets the sea.

Each photograph is accompanied by a relevant caption. The minimal text that allows maximum space to the pictures is definitely a plus point, as is the map of the river basin at the rear of the book, pinpointing - the places of importance that the Ganga and her tributaries flow through.
You can read the entire review here.


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6 . SEE YOU TOMORROW
Early readers will be delighted with the simple, repetitive phrase with the indicative pictures.

A simple story told mostly in pictures, it is beautifully illustrated and vividly depicts scenes in and around a village - a cart, a stack of hay, earthern pots and a village home.

The detailed illustrations will entertain and engross the child.
Read the entire review here.


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7. RAIN, RAIN
Rain, Rain, is a delightful little story about a rain cloud, as it rolls merrily across the sky.

A simple story that teaches how important rain is to everyone.

Bright and colourful illustrations that fill up the page and minimal text is sure to engage and entertain the child.
Read the entire review here.


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8. TOO MANY BANANAS
Sringeri Srinivasan has had a bumper crop of bananas from his farm. He wants to distribute it amongst the neighbours, but although, sweet, luscious and delicious, they have all had enough and do not want any more.

Poor Singeri Srinivasan, what should he do with the bumper harvest? He comes up with a plan and it seems to work!

Illustrated in parts in a graphic novel style, the book with its bright colours and strong lines is an attention grabber.

Crisp text, tongue-in-cheek humour and great illustrations - it is sure to delight the heart of any child.
Read the entire review here.

Visit our website
to go through all the titles published by us.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Amazon to Launch TEDBooks

Via Publishers Weekly

TED, the renowned nonprofit conference and foundation that provides a platform to important writers, thinkers, and artists to offer “ideas worth spreading,” is launching TEDBooks, a line of short digital books, in a partnership with Amazon.com. The e-books will be short—from 10,000 to 20,000 words—and sell for $2.99 through Amazon’s Kindle Singles program beginning today. TED plans to expand the program to other digital formats in the future.

TED is renowned for bringing a wide range of world class intellectuals, organizers, writers, and thinkers to present their vision in a series of short talks. TED then puts videos of the talks online for free viewing. Now, says TED director/curator Chris Anderson, they plan to do the same thing with books.

“Busy people can be daunted at the prospect of having to read a 300- or 400-page book,” Anderson told PW in a phone interview. “TEDBooks fill that gap. Their shorter format allows someone to see an idea fleshed out in a satisfying way--without having to set aside a week of reading time,” he said. “With the growth of digital readers all bets are off and people who want to say something serious in a short form have options. Our TED Talks are limited to 18 minutes and we’ve found that short can work surprisingly well. We think people can write something that we can absorb in about an hour,” Anderson said.

The TEDBooks list will launch with three titles by TED speakers: The Happiness Manifesto: How Nations and People Can Nurture Well-Being by Nic Marks; Dangerism: Why We Worry About the Wrong Things, and What It’s Doing to Our Kids by Gever Tulley; and Homo Evolutis: Please Meet the Next Human Species by Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans.
Read the entire article here.

My Kid is Gifted


Kids just do and say the funniest things and parents never tire of repeating these stories to everyone around. Here's a site where you can share and document your kid's antics with the world.

Via My Gift is Gifted
You know you’ve thought it. Admit it. You think your kid is gifted.

Hey, it’s cool. So do we. In fact, we think every kid is gifted. Every one. Ever born. Everywhere. But, I mean — none of them are as gifted as your kid is, of course.

Once upon a time there was a mom who was secretly (okay, not so secretly) convinced her children were special…gifted even. She couldn’t shut up about the cutesy, hilarious, disgusting, mundane, amazing and seemingly non-gifted things her children were doing every single day.

So she intermittently journaled. Tried (and failed at) blogging. And finally after flooding social network sites with her kids’ "giftedness," she very quickly realized that: A) not everyone wants to know every single detail of her kids’ lives, and B) she didn’t really want everyone to know every single detail of her kids’ lives — especially online strangers with trench coats, vans and lollipops.

She wanted a site that made it easy to share and keep her kids’ gifted stories. Something with the perfect blend of public and private. But there wasn’t anything.

With that, MKIG.com was born. A safe, fun, semi-anonymous and specific place where we can all archive and share our kids' genius.

My Kid Is Gifted™ invites anyone with or around a gifted kid to share (and save an archive for yourself) of those magical moments that make you scream, cry or laugh so hard that soy milk squirts out your nose.
Visit 'My Kid is Gifted' to share your own stories or browse through funny stories like these :
Lizzie, Age 5 :
"Daddy, have you seen my gloves? They are red and shaped like my hand."

Gillian, Age 3 :
Gillian: God lives in China.
Me: Why do you say that?
Gillian: Well God made everything and everything is made in China, so God must live in China.
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Events

1. Book Discussion : Orhan Pamuk

Via India Habitat Centre
27th January
Time - 07:00 pm
TALK - Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk speaks on his new book The Naïve And Sentimental Novelist.
Limited passes available at the Programme desk from Jan.15 onwards.


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2. Book Discussion with Richard Ford

Via American Center's newsletter
American Center invites you for a discussion with Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Richard Ford on
"Extra-Literary Influences: The Things That Help, The Things That Hurt"

Friday, January 28, 2011
3:00 p.m.

The American Center
24 Kasturba Gandhi Marg
Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001
Richard Ford (born February 16, 1944) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and short story writer. His best-known works are the novel The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day and The Lay of
the Land, and the short story collection Rock Springs, which contains several widely anthologized stories. His novel Independence Day was the first ever to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the Pen/Faulkner Award and had just about every critic in America breathing words like "mastery," "genius" and "tour de force."

*Please carry a photo identity card with you to enter the American Center.
*Mobile phones and laptops are allowed in the American Center. However, photography through mobile phones is prohibited.

To confirm participation, please contact 2347-2289/2232


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3. Cultures of Peace : Festival of the Northeast
Zubaan presents Cultures Of Peace: A Festival Of The Northeast. Writers and poets from Assam, Sikkim, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Meghalaya, reflect upon the complexity, diversity, richness and poignancy of the region.
Venue: India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi
Gulmohar Hall & Amphitheatre

Dates: 28 and 29 January 2011

You can download the entire schedule here.


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4. Bhimayana: Experiences of Untouchability (via Chintan Girish Modi)
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Panel Discussion
29 January '11 / 06:30 pm

Bhimayana: Experiences of Untouchability is a distinctive graphic biography of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. In Bhimayana, Ambedkar’s experiences of growing up untouchable and being routinely discriminated against—in school at the age of 10, in Baroda after his return from Columbia University, and while travelling—are reconstructed in a magical way by Pardhan Gond artists Durgabai Vyam and Subahsh Vyam. Experiences similar to Ambedkar’s, that continue to haunt a majority of India’s 170 million Dalits, are interwoven with Ambedkar’s story. Urmila Pawar, Ranjit Hoskote, and Jerry Pinto will be in conversation with the artists of Bhimayana, Durgabai Vyam and Subhash Vyam, and co-writer and publisher of the book, S. Anand.

Urmila Pawar is a well-known Marathi short story writer and author of the autobiography Aaydan (2004), translated into English and published as The Weave of My Life: A Dalit Woman’s Memoirs.

Ranjit Hoskote has published four volumes of poetry and is a renowned curator and art critic.

Jerry Pinto is a journalist, poet and critic.

Durgabai Vyam and Subhash Vyam are Pardhan Gond artists belonging to the same clan as the legendary Jangarh Singh Shyam. The artist-couple lives in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Bhimayana is their first graphic book and their first book together.

S. Anand is the publisher of Navayana and co-writer of Bhimayana. He was a journalist for ten years.

Venue:
Jnanapravaha
Queens Mansion, 3rd Floor,
G. talwatkar marg, Fort,
Mumbai - 400001
E-mail: to.jnanapravaha@gmail.com or info@jp-india.org

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5. Book Reading and Discussion

29th January
Time - 09:30 am
HABITAT CHILDREN’S BOOK FORUM - Meet Leila Seth, author of We The Children Of India: The Preamble To Our Constitution Pub. Puffin Books. Reading and discussion. Age group 9+

29th January
Time - 07:00 pm
TALK - Interaction with well-known author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Collab: Penguin Books India


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6. TALK ON ART AND BOOKS

Via Devi Art Foundation

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Date : 29th January, 2011
Timing : 6 pm


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7. PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION AND BOOK LAUNCH

Via Tara Books
Saturday, January 29
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location Max Mueller Bhavan/Goethe-Institut, 4 Rutland Gate, 5th Street, Chennai

The Flag: From Narrative Images to Political Vision

Contemplating the Indian tricolour in all its human moments of glory and poignancy, Tara's new photography book and exhibition features work by thirty outstanding press photographers from all over India.

6.30pm - Refreshments
7.00pm - Talk by S.V. Rajadurai, Tamil writer & civil rights activist

The exhibition will be displayed at Max Mueller Bhavan until 11th February, 10am - 6pm.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Guest Post : Strong Girls

Our friends at Tara Books join us to spread awareness about National Girl Child Day with the following guest post :

National Girl Child Day is about a dream of possibility : “ to raise public awareness on the deep bias against female children in India.”

Sixteen years ago, Tara's first book was called Mala: A feminist folktale. Now out of print, the book featured a strong willed girl who didn't wait around to be rescued, but defeated a demon by herself. Tara’ s vision has always been about picture books for children which keep in mind a clear gender perspective. Books with strong female characters as diverse and three dimensional as their real-life counterparts. Books that would move the representation of young women beyond the boundaries of a narrow understanding of femininity. Books which – above all – would playfully engage children of both sexes.

So as we mark National Girl Child Day in India, we celebrate some our favourite female characters: Velu, the spirited ragpicker from Trash; Tala, the hero with magical powers in Today is My Day, and Meena – the young fisher-girl, whose sensible intelligence prevails in Catch that Crocodile!

Fictional they may be, but at the end of the day fiction is more than a story, and more too than a mirror held up to the society it represents. It is a powerful shaping force in its own right.

So who is your favourite female character?
Click here to visit the Tara Books blog and read more about the work they do.

Book Launch : Mumtaz Embroiders Her Dreams


Due to the state-wide bandh on Saturday, we had to postpone our book launch.


The book launch for "Mumtaz Embroiders Her Dreams" has been re-scheduled for today. We know that this is terribly short notice, but in its own little way things seemed to have worked out well and the book will now get released on National Girl Child Day [24th January]!

Prizes for the "Mumtaz Embroiders Her Dreams, so can you!" contest will be given away by Ms. Pavithra, Founder - Director, E-Infomedia, and Young Achiever Awardee.

Venue: Crossword, Residency Road, Bangalore
Date: 24th January 2011
Time: 5.00 pm

See you there!

P.S. For more information on the event or any clarifications, please call Arathi / Deepa on 91 80 25420925

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Dreaming Of...


What do children dream of? To celebrate our new book 'Mumtaz Embroiders Her Dreams', we were asking children this very question through a contest. Several children across the country sent in their dreams and you can read all of them here. These are just a few of the ambitious dreams that fill the minds of children ...


Mariam Varkey's Dream
My dream is to publish a book. I had this dream since the past one year. My book would be about a group of 8 children about 12 years old who belong to a magical kingdom called Sun Kingdom. They don’t know this until they are 11.The story continues when they get used to this while keeping a secret from everyone else. If I get one book published, I would be more than delighted to write a whole series.

Why It Is Important To Me

I am only 12 years old. Writing is something that keeps me busy. I love to write and I love to read. My literature is ‘good’ as my teacher says and it is a dream job. My favorite authors are Enid Blyton, Jeff Kinney, Ann M Martin, Anne Digby, Mary Pope Osborne and Kimberly Greene. I am now writing 3 stories simultaneously, one with a friend and 2 on my own. At times I feel I cannot do this on my own and as if i need somebody to guide me. I also love to write poems and collect well-written articles. I also dream to be a journalist someday.

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Sai Darshini's Dream
Visiting the future

Once there was a boy called Amit who had interest in reading detective novels and stories about alien attacks.

One night around 12:15 AM Amit was reading thriller when he saw a beam of light entering his room from the window. He went down to his garden and saw a UFO landing on the ground. He was very surprised and shocked at what he saw. It was an alien looking like a man, who came out of the UFO. He introduced himself as Baritone.

“My name is Amit, Nice to meet you.” Amit replied.

Baritone asked Amit to visit his Planet because he wanted to study human behavior on his Planet. Amit agreed and they set off to Baritone’s Planet. Amit was flooding with questions. When they were reaching, Baritone said “Earthling Amit we are nearing our planet. “Get ready by wearing this oxygen mask”. “But I already have a nose and so do you, Why do we need these?” asked Amit. Baritone replied, “There is no oxygen left on our planet. So you have to wear them” and gave the oxygen mask to Amit.

They got down from the UFO as they had reached the planet. Amit looked around the place. It was a desert with rocks and craters. “Baritone, what happened to your planet? It looks so deserted.” Baritone replied, “50,000 years back we had many wars. People were fighting and killing each other. There was despair and violence everywhere. We used up all our resources. Now only few of us are left on this planet.” “This ruled paper and lead writing device are the very last of our resources” said Baritone showing an ordinary pencil and notebook. Amit wondered “If that is a book and pencil, they must have had trees here.

“Baritone, is it night now?” Amit asked. Baritone replied “It has been night for a long time. Our star stopped shining ages back. I don’t think we will ever have day again.” He said sadly. He asked Amit “What is your planet like?” Amit replied “Our planet Earth has resources like wind, water, soil, green trees, fresh grass, tall buildings, and we have many beautiful animals, birds, insects and earthlings look different, not like you.” Baritone sighed “we didn’t always look like this. Because our star stopped shining, we changed color and looks to adapt to our surroundings.”Amit felt very sad and sorry for Baritone and the people of his planet. “I feel very sorry for you, Baritone. I really wished you had another chance” Amit said and he started to leave from Baritone’s planet. Baritone was very silent in the return journey and so was Amit. When Baritone was about to leave Earth, Amit asked “Hey Baritone, I forgot to ask you; what is your planet’s name?” “Do not ask me for you already know the name of my planet. Farewell,
my friend” said Baritone and he took off to his planet. Very early in the morning, Amit thought about Baritone had said: Amit knows Baritone’s planet’s name. He thought hard. He suddenly exclaimed “I got it! Baritone was talking about Earth! I visited the future! It will become a deserted planet over the years unless……

Around 7:00 AM that day, Amit’s mom found him in the garden. “What are you doing? Amit replied “planting a tree and saving the Earth ma!”

Amit did not know wether the dream was real or not dream was real or not; it affected him in some way, whatever happened.

So friends, we do not want our planet to become so bad in the future. After all we have the rights to live a good life.So friends, plant a tree and save the Earth for our future!

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Namrata R's Dream
My dream is very simple. I want to lead my country , lead my country to glory unparalleled, envied by one and all. I dream to showcase the potential of my country rather than harp on our past glory. I have more faith in succeeding by learning from errors.. I am assertive that we, the young population can change the destiny of our country, root out evils eating way the fabric of our nation. Leadership is about creating a way for people to contribute something for extraordinary to happen. I strongly believe that being a girl only adds to positives in leadership quality. I think we are more assertive and persuasive, with a stronger need to get things done and are more willing to take risks than others. We are more flexible, as well as stronger in interpersonal skills than men. Women leaders are able to bring others around to their point of view....because they genuinely understand and care about where others are coming from. Born to lead is my motto. I don’t like to give up. I learn from my failures and they only empower me to win and do better. We need to unite and make change in the life of communities. Good leaders are the need of the hour, to make a difference in the world.... be principled about values that really matter.

Being a leader is one of the most rewarding careers you can ever do. Not only is the work interesting and challenging, but you are impacting the direction of many people and the direction of your country. You are able to see that you are making a difference in something very big. I don’t believe in begging for a change, I want to be the change, I want to be the gentle cool breeze of harmony and peace, at the same time be a gusty whirlwind to uproot the evils on my journey to realize my dream. I dare.


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Nayantara Ghosh's Dream

Even though I hope to become an aspiring author someda, one dream comes ahead of that. I hope that someday some way every person at or below the poverty line shall rise up and help the weak and that the weak will help the disabled and that in the end we will all support each other. I want every child and adult to be educated and aware of all the hardships some people face and are alone in the world. Left alone to fend for themselves in this cruel world. yet everyday they face a new day not knowing when they will eat there next meal. We are very privileged bunch. Perhaps we will never have a hospital block named after us or know the difference between real Italian marble and an imitation but we are still privileged. So why not help the less fortunate . This is my dream for our world. We can achieve even the impossible.


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Nishchitha N Rao's Dream
We are all born with empty hands, sometimes with silver spoons, but with lots of dreams. Dreaming is a tour with vision, for which sky is the limit, dreaming about something and literally it has to be achieved which is going to be stupendous task for anybody.

Being an Indian the responsibilities are more, like bringing down the ratio of problems, like overpopulation, poverty, unemployment, corruption, curbing bureaucracy at every level wherever not required, eradicating bribery, banning dowry, bringing down the crime rate. With all these an Indian lady can independently walk on the Indian streets irrespective of the time.


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Tamara's Dream
When just 8 in a friend's house I saw a wooden piece with 3 monkeys saying "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil". I asked my mum the meaning of EVIL. Now at 11, I say in my dream "Don't close your EYES --- find outthe difference between GOOD AND EVIL, don't close your EARS--hear the GOOD avoid the EVIL, dont close your mouth--talk when you should SPEAK when you MUST. Our world as I SEE IS BEAUTIFUL----GODS CREATIONS---the variety of flowers in all colours, the butterflies, the birds in all sizes all colours, the rainbow with with 7 lovely colours, the hills and valleys-, the tiny lovable puppies, kittens, tiger cubs, the peacocks, hear the sound of the sea, the rain ----MY DREAM.
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Dreams from Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya

Déborah Hankey sent us a compilation of dream notes written by the students of Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya for the 'Mumtaz Embroiders Her Dreams' contest. You can read all the entries we have received for this contest here.


Kavita Lamani's Dream
I want to become a doctor because I want to help sick people because some people are rich and some are poor. People have eye’s problems also. When they will go to school , kids will joke on them.

I will help my parents when they are sick. I will give them nice treatment after they will be nice in their family. When they will have leg problem or hand problem I will help them. They will think she’s a good doctor because they will have legs, hands and eyes.

I will give good medication for them, after they will enjoy life with their friends. They will say thank you and everybody will be happy, and I will be nice doctor with my friends. Sometimes, they don’t know which medication to take, then I can help and they can tell you are a good friend, thank you.

I will be nice doctor also for my sister and I will be famous in my city. I will tell them which problems they have. Then, my family will think I’m a nice doctor.


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Akkama C. Lamani's Dream
Later on in life, I would like to become a teacher because when I will become a teacher I will tell good lessons for the student. They will understand. They will think the teacher is good, she is telling good lessons and good stories.

Then I will tell them, don’t steal, don’t fight, don’t touch other’s things and they will think she is not good maybe. They will tell bad words for me, they will shout for me. I don’t want them to do bad work.

I will teach this lesson for them and I will tell better lessons for them and I will tell them don’t throw the stones on the animals and birds and on people. Then I will become a good teacher, when we don’t tell good lessons for the students, they can’t understand the things and they will not become good students and they will say this teacher is not good. When I will be a good teacher, my family will be happy.


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Shilpa's Dream
I want to become a music teacher because I want to help the unlucky children. And when I will be a famous artist, I want to take children from the poor families and help them. You know that I’m also a poor girl from a poor family, I was also an unlucky girl.

Now I’m a lucky girl, because I entered the music school Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya!


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Gangama M's Dream
I want to become a doctor because I want to help poor people. Some are sick but doctor don’t care, so I want to become a good doctor. Also in every house also brothers do not care. Some they do not have eyes, I want to help them.

I want to become a doctor in India. I want to be famous at the hospital. Some are poor, some are rich. Who is rich has more money but poor they do not have money. I saw one animal, the animal did not have any leg. I was very sad. I want to become a doctor in Dharwad. Some people do not have eyes, I want to help them. Some don’t have legs and hands, I want to help them also.


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Vishlaxy Charantinath's Dream
I want to be a teacher because I want to teach all subjects and I would like to help poor people. My students, they will write very nice with a very good handwriting. I want to prepare good students and good persons for our nation. I want to become an ideal teacher in tests and exams. My students will get very good marks.

I would also like to become a dance teacher to help small boys and girls having difficulties. I think they will be very beautiful and one day, they will go to a program. They will do very nice and they will be very happy.


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Reshma Soumya's Dream
I want to become a music teacher because I want to help the unlucky children. When I will be a famous artist, I want to give a chance or an opportunity to the children. I want to take the children from the poor families and help them. You know, that I’m also a poor girl from a poor family. I was also an unlucky girl. Now, I’m a lucky girl because I’m learning in Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya.

In my dream, I want to become a famous artist. When my dream will come true, I will help the unlucky children, they will be good musicians. I will try to do my best.

I would also like to visit Canada, France, America, Delhi Mumbaï, Kalkotta, and holy places.

When I will sing good songs, then my parents will be happy. My teachers and my friends will also be happy. When we can’t learn music or academical subjects, we can’t be first. When I will be a famous singer, my parents, my sister and my brothers will be proud of me.

Thank you for reading my lovely dream.


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Soumya Savadatti's Dream
I would like to be a policeman because in India, some persons are killing other persons. They are stealing money and gold, they are fighting with their wife and I don’t like it. I hate it because it’s not good for me. I will give them a lesson. Some doctors, they put bad blood in our body and then we have to catch the doctors and we have tell them it’s not good. We also take dogs to smell people and catch bad people.

I have one sister, her name is Gouri. I will be a good policeman and I will take care of her. And I will buy one car and I will build a big house. I will tell our family to come and I will tell them, please stay with us.

Then, I will do my work everyday and then I will meet my friends. Rajeshwari is my best friend. And then, I don’t want to marry. I want to help for Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya. It’s the best school ever. I will also help my mother and my father, it will be our happy life.


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Aishwariya's Dream
I want to become a doctor because I want to help poor people, some are sick here at the school where I study. I want to become a doctor also in every house. Also for every brother who has no care and who do not have eyes I want to help them.

I want to become a doctor in India, I want to be famous at the hospital. Some are poor, some are rich. Rich has the money but poor they do not have money, so they are like animals. The animals do not have money. I am very sad with people in Dharwad, they do not have eyes. I want to help some of them but help others also.
Image Source : Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya's website

Saturday, January 22, 2011

'Mumtaz Embroiders Her Dreams' Book Launch Postponed

Hello everyone!

We are extremely sorry for this last minute notice, but we want to inform you that the book launch of 'Mumtaz Embroiders Her Dreams' in Bangalore has been postponed. We are re-scheduling the event because of the sudden State-wide Bandh that has been called for today. Though the situation looks calm at the moment, we would not like to jeopardize the safety of the children and parents who might come for this event.

The book launch in Kadapa will happen on 24th January, 2011. Click here for more details.

We will be re-scheduling the Bangalore event, so please watch this space for more information in the coming days.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Ambitious Dreams


Some of the interesting dreams we've received for the 'Mumtaz Embroiders Her Dreams' contest this week include...

Nandhika Nambi's extravagant dream (as she calls it that herself):
My dream (a rather extravagant one, I must warn you)

Why is it that the one thing grownups are always interested in knowing is what you aspire to become. If you say doctor, you get an approving smile. For saying engineer, your response is nothing but a disapproving look as then apparently; you are taking the easy way out. For an accountant, all you receive is an indifferent look. As for those with other ‘out of the ordinary’ dreams. I suggest you don’t even mention them.

You can imagine which category my dream of being a musician come writer fits in. I did summon the courage to announce my decision at a family gathering once and they looked at me like I was mad. Things have never been the same since.

Moving on, as I said, I want to be a musician come writer. Please don’t frown. I love music and am learning three instruments, the piano, the drums and the recorder (a type of flute). Music is my life and so is writing. I’ve published two books so far. And out of all the things I’ve tried, these two are definitely top of the list.

Unless I try something like ice skating or ballet or maybe deep sea diving, things might change. But after all I’m only fourteen, and I can’t wait to see whatever life has in store for me, whatever it may be.
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Soumya Sundaresh has multiple dreams - not only for herself, but also for her country and the world :
My dream is to sponsor the expenses of a girl child in an orphanage. I want to ensure that she gets education, nutritious food and a comfortable place to stay. In the end she must grow up to be a good citizen.

My dream for India is to end poverty and child labour, school and collages for all at an affordable cost. Everybody will have the right to education until graduation. India’s ever-growing population should slow down, because of which there will be lesser demand for fossil fuels and natural resources, more forests for our birds and beasts.

My dream for the world is to reduce greenhouse gasses and consequent global warming. I want everybody to be aware of his or her role in keeping our environment clean. The attitude that encourages to do wrong, just because others do it without getting caught, must go! I wish somebody capable of doing all this hears my dreams and fulfils them!
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Malini Srikrishna's dreams of better lives for little girls just like her :
As a girl starting her teenage years, I have gone through many phases. At a point of time I wanted to die. Then the next moment I was happy to be alive. Anger, jealousy, hatred, love and passion are only few of the emotions that I have felt. Yet, people call me lucky. Lucky to have a roof to sleep under. Lucky to go to a good school. Lucky to have a family. That, I am. But many girls don't have any of these things. Many feel themselves lucky to even have a morsel of food to get by in the day. Happiness is a state of mind even the richest sometimes don't feel but those girls begging on the roadside feel happy when they hear the clink of coins on their little palms. My dream is that all those girls get a good education. My dream is they get a family to support them. My dream is to see them living in a house, not on the dirty disease ridden streets. My dream is that all these dreams come true and those girls can finally be happy, like everyone deserves to be.
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Swetha Menon's dream deals with eradicating one of the world's biggest problems - poverty!
My dream is to have no poverty in India.
If all the poor people in India were to have a minimum day's meal, my dream would come true . I have always believed that people should not be deprived of basic amenities like shelter, food , water,clothes , education etc. If I were to see a smile on their face, it would mean that they are blessed. I am sure every citizen in our country can be kind enough to contribute to the poor and needy and this can bring in so much of happiness everywhere. The society is categorized under 3 sections- The Rich, The Middle class and The Poor. The rich have everything. If the rich and the middle class had to contribute to even a small share of their wealth and food to the poor, the world would have been such a wonderful place. People waste so much of food, while the poor literally wish for a morsel .There are under privileged, disabled, orphans in India who do not have money to study and they can only dream that they can have a peaceful and happy future .

Can we all contribute and make this possible and make my dream into a reality ?
You can read all the other dreams we received for the contest here.

Image Source : Meena Kadri

D for Doctor, D for Dreams

Several children who sent in their dreams for the 'Mumtaz Embroiders Her Dreams' contest share a dream of becoming a doctor.

Vikas Saini, a Teach for India Fellow, sent us a mail about what his student Khureshi Saherabano aspires to be :
(Picture of Khureshi Saherabano sent by her teacher Vikas Saini)

When I grow up, I wish to become a doctor. I know that to become a doctor, it requires plenty of money. I wish somebody will help me to complete M.B.B.S. then I will open a small dispensary in my home town where I will work day and night to collect enough money and from that money I will open a big hospital in the city. In my hospital I will have a special ward for the poor people where they will get free treatment. I will also provide them with free food and medicines. There will be a ward for rich people also where they will be charged.

In my hospital there will also be a special ward for mothers delivering child where both poor and rich will be treated together.

I wish to name this hospital as “Mother Teresa Hospital”, as she helped the poorest of poor and that is why I want the name of hospital on her name.
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Rakshita Rathore says :
I want to become a doctor. This my dream. I want to become a doctor because I want to help poor people in my country. My mother is a diabetic patient so I want to help her. For becoming a doctor I have to study more and I have to give practicals. I have spend all money on my books, my fees of the school. I want to help to make my country best in the world.

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Ragavi writes about her dream :
My dream is to become a good and nice doctor. I will be so proud when I become a doctor. I will help many people who are very poor. I wish I can have my hospital worldwide so I can help all the poor people in the world. I want to be a child specialist. I have to study very well to be a doctor. I want to name my hospital in my parents name. The hospital will have 3 floors. It will have a cafe, many counters, more than fifty docotors.

I will be the happiest human when I see my first patient. It will be a very proud moment when I do first operation and it becomes a success. I will see tears in my parents' eyes when my dream becomes true. This is very important for me as I want to help the poor people.

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You can read all the other dreams we received for the contest here.

Meet us at the Jaipur Literature Festival

In the middle of all this excitement over our new book, we forgot to mention that the Jaipur Literature Festival has started. The event will run from 21st-25th January, 2011. You can view the entire schedule here and if you are on twitter, you can follow the hashtag #JLF to keep up with all the action taking place at the Diggi Palace.


If you are at the fest, do drop by our stall and say hello! Here's a quick peek at what you have to look out for to find us (hint hint: look out for the yellow :) ) --




When Our Community Steps In ... A Book Launch Happens!


At Pratham Books, January has been a swell month. If things continue in the same manner, we can't wait to see what the year holds for us in the coming months. To celebrate our book 'Mumtaz Embroiders Her Dreams', we ran a contest that invited kids to talk about their dreams. We received an overwhelming response and our teams have been busy this entire week sifting through the grand dreams that these children have.


The 'Mumtaz Embroiders Her Dreams" contest and book launch, made Pratham Books realise one of its oldest dreams - Community Book Launches.


But what came to us as a surprise (a happy surprise) was that one of our community members (Namrata Vora) expressed interest (on behalf of VFT Aarti Home) in buying a huge number of copies of the book to coincide with the 'National Girl Child Day' celebrations they were conducting. As we continued talking, we were suddenly talking having a book launch along with their other celebrations in Kadapa (Andhra Pradesh) too. Wow! Who would have imagined that within a few hours of talking, we were suddenly going to be having two book launches. We also partnered with VFT Aarti Home and invited entries for the 'Mumtaz Embroiders Her Dreams' contest and will soon be receiving around 200 entires from them (5 of which will receive prizes at the Kadapa launch).

The greater news is that this book launch will be handled entirely by the community member. Haven't we always said that our community rocks? This will be a first for us at Pratham Books, but this is exactly what we want. We want our community to participate with us and support us in similar ventures. We wish Namrata Vora and VFT Aarti Home all the best for a successful book launch.

You can read about the work done by VFT Aarti Home here.


NOTE : We often hear from people that we conduct our book launches only in Bangalore/Delhi and that we should come to smaller towns and cities and launch our books. If you want to join and support us and maybe help us conduct similar events in your city/town/locality/school, please send us a mail at web at prathambooks dot org.

A Universe of Dreams

This compilation of dreams for the 'Mumtaz Embroiders her Dreams' contest was sent to us by Teach for India Fellows - Fiona Vaz and Vaibhav Mathur.

Note from Fiona :
"I told my students about the National Girl Child Day and gave them a little information on how girls in several parts of the country are treated unequally. I was surprised by what some children wrote and said, they already knew- they experienced it in their own families.

I asked them to write about their dreams, and have chosen about 25 of them. I have edited them, as they still cannot write that well.

Vaibahv Mathur and I are Teach For India Fellows and teach in a low income private school in Malad East. The school is called Divine Child High School and we teach Grade 4 kids."
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I am very sad because I just came to know that in some parts of India, people treat girl children very badly. My dream is to treat both boys and girls equally. People think that only boys can do something, but there are many girls who have done a lot like Mother Thresa and Kiran Bedi. People think that girls can only become housewives, but if they study, they will teach their children to study. Sometimes people feel that the fees of the school are very high and do not send their daughters to school. If this is the problem then girls can be taught by relatives who have gone to school and who have studied- they will not ask for any fees then!

If girls are educated they will get money and will buy a new house. They will leave the chawl and they will ask their parents to live with them in a building. My dream is that everyone should send their children- boys and girls to school.

Abhilasha Yadav, 10 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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My dream is to read more and more books. My teacher says that if this class reads more books then, all the children can learn from them. I want to read more books because I want to speak excellent English. I can then teach my brother and sister, because their teacher doesn’t teach them. I can help children and my friends. They can then help their brothers and sisters and also their mothers! If this happens, I will be very happy and I will feel that this happening because of me. All children can then become what they want. This is my dream.

Pratiksha Sapkade, 10 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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My sister’s dream is to work in a beauty parlour. She is now studying in class ten. She wants to compete her studies and work in a beauty parlour. She says that she likes to do that job and that she can make a lot of money and become famous in Malad East or Malad West. I will be very happy if her dream comes true, I will go to her shop and see her make all hairstyles.

Yogesh Yadav, 10 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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Her dream is to be a pilot. Her name is Itisha. She wants to become a pilot because she want to have a lot of money. She wants to go to different countries and have a nice journey on the plane. She wants to meet nice people, and she wants to take her family to other countries. I can help her by telling her to do her homework, pay attention in class, listen to her family, get more marks, reach her goals, read storybooks, textbooks and workbooks. I will also tell her to make the teacher happy, to love her family, not to give bad words and to help her sister also to become like her. She should also pay attention when she is driving the plane, because she has to look straight when she drives the plane. Last thing, I will tell her is to take care of the family, because when she reaches her goal, her family will also be happy. I will also be very happy, because she is my friend.

Shahid Ali, 10 years, Child High School, Malad East.

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My dream is to be a teacher and also to be painter. I like to teach. I also paint very nicely in my Art Class. If there are any children who cannot pay the fees, I will help them. I will tell the Principal of the school to give me a job. I don’t do my homework, but I will make other children do their homework. If children have no money, I will pay for them. I will go to everybody’s house and give them some money. I like to teach and paint with children and that is my dream.

Mehjabeen Khan, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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I want to be a teacher in “Teach for India” or I want to be a very successful person. I want everyone to know me as a better person. I want to become successful because nobody in my family is successful. My teacher tells me that if one person starst working then everybody will start.

Ansita Yadav, 13 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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My dream is to pass the scholarship exam because if I pass then I will get money and I can build a big house. Chief Minister will pay the money to the school. My father will become happy. If my dream comes true then I will be very happy. I will work really hard to pass.

Sujata Jaiswar, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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In my group there is a girl. Her name is Sujata. She wants to become a doctor. If she becomes a doctor, she will help other people who are poor and will take less money from them. I think that if I study Science, Biology and medicine then I can help her to study. But I think that she has to help herself to become a good doctor. I will test her to see how she has studied. I will tell her what a doctor needs and I will tell her to buy it. I will also teach her how to use those things.

Gaurav Yadav, 10 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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My sister’s dream is to be an architect. She want to be an architect because she will earn a lot of money and she will show all the parents in India, who think that boys are more important than girls, that it is not true. To let my sister become an architect I will speak to my parents and tell them to help her. I will also put an advertisement so that all the people help me to help her. When my sister will become an architect I will be happy and proud. All the parents and brothers will also make their daughter and sister something.

Abhishek Rai, 10 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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My dream is to become a teacher. I want to teach poor children without any money. I also want to buy a big house for my mother. I want to become a teacher because I want children to study so that they get a better job. When they earn money they can buy a nice house and take care of their families. I want to buy a new house because I want my mother’s dream to come true. Sometimes I think this cannot happen because in my family people don’t allow girls to do any job. But still I hope my dream comes true

Anjali Gupta, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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Ready to Fly

My dream is to become a teacher or a doctor. If I become a teacher I will teach the children and make them perfect is all subjects like Math, Geography, History and Science. I want to be a doctor because the doctors in the city are so bad that they will give medicines but they do not make people alright. I have never seen a doctor who makes us good and healthy. When I grow up I promise you that I will become a doctor or a teacher and end all the problems in the city

Shreha Gawde, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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My dream is to study in a nice college and get more money and a big house to live in. When I marry my children can go to a nice school and study there they can also send their children to a nice school. My mother and father had this dream for me and I will work hard so that this dream comes true

Sneha Gaikwad, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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My dream is to become a teacher who teaches poor people. I have to study hard to become a teacher. I want to become like Fiona miss, she studied in her school and college. I have to study like this. To become a teacher I want my mother to help me but my mother likes only my small brother. I don’t think my mother will help me in this. But is till hope that she will help me when I grow up.

Angira Yadav, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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My sister dream was to complete class 10, but this dream did not come true. When she became 15 years old, she got married. She told her father that she wants to study but her father did not listen. She wanted to study class ten because she wanted to become a junior kg teacher and teach three to four year old children.

Arjun Kumar Choudhry, 10 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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In my class there is my teacher her dream is to start a school. She want to start a school because she wants all children to be happy. When she starts a school I will go to my teacher and ask her if I can teach children. I want to teach children how to speak perfect English just like how she teaches me. The way my teacher put charts so that we know all the words I will also do put the charts in the class.

Ankit Mishra, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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My teacher’s dream is to start a school. She will start a school anywhere in India. In her school everything will be clean and children will respect each other. She will keep very good teachers in her school who will not beat or shout any child. This is why everyone will respect my teacher’s school.

Jibran Khan, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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One day I was reading a book. In that book it was written that aeroplanes fly above the sky. I was thinking I should be a pilot, because I have heard that God lives in the sky. I was waiting and Ma’am gave me a storybook about what you want to be, it was the gladdest thing when Ma’am said that this story book is mine forever. From that day, I began reading a lot. Now I know so much more about pilots. I want to become a pilot because they help everyone to go to other countries. I know that if planes are not there then people can still go by train, but in a plane people reach faster. I will work harder to become a pilot.

Itisha Pathak, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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My mother’s dream is to get a nice necklace. My mother wants to be smart in the village. In my village nobody has a necklace. When my mother will wear it, it will be shiny and my mother will look like a fairy and a heroine. Every day my mother asks for a necklace. My mother works hard to get money and my mother gets money slowly every day. She saves it to buy food. She thinks that first we should buy food and then we can buy a necklace. My mother takes care of all her money, but still she cannot buy it.

Vijay Reddy, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East

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Neha’s dream is to become a dancer. If she becomes a dancer she will get money. When she becomes a dancer she can teach other people to dance and she will teach me also.

Aakash Mourya, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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My dream is really big. I want to start 5 shops. If I have 5 shops then I will have more money. My mother and father need more money because when my sisters have to get married they need a lot of money for the party and for decoration. In my father’s shop there are lot of problems, people come and take the milk but do not give us money. My brother also cheated us and now my mother cannot pay the fees of the school. I will work hard and open a shop.

Neha Yadav, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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My dream is that my parents should give me and my brother more money so that we can study more and more. I also want to become a dancer and I want to come on TV, but I have not told this to anyone else. Now my parents shout at me, but when I grow up and have a big job, they will not shout at me.

Sapna Yadav, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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I am thinking of a day when my sister’s dream will come true. She wants to become a teacher. She wants to become a teacher because she wants to teach children. She wants to start a school in my village. In my village there are no good schools, so my sister wants to start a school and become the best teacher in Uttar Pradesh.

To become a teacher, my sister will have to study very hard. She will also have to study in a commerce college. My sister will be very happy if she becomes famous in the state. She will feel very proud of herself. My family will also be happy that her dream has come true.

Abhishek Mishra, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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My sister’s wish is to have a remote control car. I told my mother to buy a remote control car for my sister, but my mother said no. The cost of a car is 100 rupees. I thought of an idea. I collected all my money and gave it to her to buy a car, but she lost the money. My sister’s name is Pooja.

Rohit Yadav, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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My sister’s dream is to go to the best college and become the world’s best teacher and become very rich. She wants these things to become famous and to take care of parents well.

To help my sister I will collect money and get her admission in Mumbai’s best Art college and help her with whatever I can do.

If she becomes the world’s best teacher by using the money which I collect I will be the happiest and the proudest person.

Madhukumar Paka, 10 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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My sister’s dream is to take tuitions. She teaches English, Math, Geography, Science, History and work experience. She does not beat any children. She takes tuitions from 8.30 am - 10.30 am. She never pulls children’s hair. She takes a fee and we go and buy some food and clothes. If she becomes a teacher, she will feel happy and good. Her mind will be very brilliant. Because she will become a teacher even my other sisters will become teachers. They will also go to college and study well.

Naresh Prajapati, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.

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You can read all the entries we received for the contest here.

Image Source : Meena Kadri (1, 2)