Monday, April 13, 2015

Giving Life to Stories

Our Retell, Remix and Rejoice Contest is on. For all these years, one of the important components of the contest was that the stories sourced would be under Creative Commons licenses. This means that anyone is free to use the stories, remix the stories, etc. In this post, Vani Balaraman tells us how she gave life to her stories even after the contest ended.

Vani has been a Pratham Books Champion from the beginning of the #PBChamps programme. Apart from being a champion, she is also an active participant of our Retell, Remix and Rejoice contest. We've already received 5 stories from Vani for this year's contest.

Last year, Vani created multiple stories too and she also decided to conduct a storytelling session based on one of her stories. She tells us more ...
When India and the world erupted with joy with the success of Mangalyaan in Oct 2014, I scheduled my story session in Atta galatta titled 'Mangalyaan' and read from my story 'The Magical Scooter'. This was a story I had remixed for the 2014 edition of the Retell, Remix and Rejoice Contest . My story had naughty boys curious about science. Does their magical scooter help them achieve their dream of visiting the planets? Kids listened to the story and there was an associated craft too where kids cut, pasted and drew rockets.

While my stories did not win the contest, my real winning came when a good friend (who also happens to be a book enthusiast) gifted my son a printed copy of 'The Magical Scooter' for his 5th birthday. My son and I could not have asked for a better gift.

Vani goes on to tell us another interesting opportunity that came up with her stories :
When Aarohi Life education was celebrating tall tales and was seeking entries, I shared some of the stories I wrote for the contest. Aarohi found my story 'Where is my smile' very amusing and sent me an invitation to visit their campus to share stories with kids 
While her full time job as a software engineer and mom has kept Vani busy, Vani hopes to visit Aarohi campus this year with more stories - stories which she has penned so passionately for the Retell, Remix and Rejoice Contest 2015!

(When Vani is not battling customers and issues in the IT industry, she dresses up as a book devouring monster and visits library and book launches in Bangalore. She also runs a facebook page CuddlesandReads where she shares her passion for stories and writing.)

View more images from Vani's storytelling session here

Read Vani's stories from the 2014 edition of the Retell, Remix and Rejoice contest :

Find out how you can participate in this year's Retell, Remix and Rejoice Contest.

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