Recently, we had an opportunity to work with WWE Wrestler Big Show. A collaboration between Zee TV, Ten Sports, WWE and Pratham Books resulted in interactive sessions with kids from Pratham Learning centres in Delhi and Mumbai. We, of course, were thrilled to participate and introduce the book 'Pehelwanji' to young readers.
Purnendu from our Delhi team said:
Children started interacting with him by asking his real name (his real name is Paul) and his weight. Big show was really humble and he signed our Pehelwanji books and also autographed an A4 size picture of his for the kids. The kids reciprocated his gesture by handing out a handmade greetings and thank you card. Out of 20 cards he really liked 2 cards. It was really fun for the children and they were happy to get this beautiful opportunity.
|Big Show meeting kids in Delhi|
Raviraj from our Mumbai team shared:
Today we met Pehelwanji - and he doesn't drink milk! Big Show is a really big guy but he is very cool, frank and polite to everyone. Today (Valentine's Day) is very special for him as 14th February, 1999 was when he debuted at WWF.
The session went off well and the kids were very happy to see a 7 foot Pehelwanji.
Sampurna from our Mumbai team was also thrilled to meet Big Show. She said:
He is such a lovable hulk! I had never met a wrestler before and wrestling bouts are not my cup of coffee. But this 7ft 400 pounder is just too cute. We had the most interesting conversation on a wide variety of things . You can see what a hit he was with the kids from the pictures.
Met some great kids today - handed out books and hugs. Thanks #prathambooks pic.twitter.com/tMYohhT9yP
— Big Show (@WWETheBigShow) February 13, 2014
Another group of fantastic kids thanks to #prathambooks in Mumbai pic.twitter.com/mbQ7wpmfkQNavbharat Times also carried this photo and The Hindu carried an adorable picture of Big Show and the kids.
— Big Show (@WWETheBigShow) February 14, 2014
Thank you Big Show for spreading your love and the joy of reading!
For those who want to hear the Pehelwanji story, you can hear it at: