A festival with a difference
Over April 21 and 22, Mumbai hosted its first literary festival for children. Held in the sprawling grounds of St Anthony’s School in Chembur in the city’s eastern suburbs, it was a wonderful occasion, filled with writing workshops, storytelling sessions, panel discussions, and much more. It was very heartening to see so many children involved; it was just as encouraging to see the enthusiasm of the organizers.
My 10-year-old daughter had been invited to be part of a panel of young authors – children below 18 who had had their stuff published in various forums. It was much fun for us to see this reversal of roles: she on the stage parrying questions from the audience, and me in the audience, absorbed by the whole thing.
This link will give you an idea of what the festival had on offer.
It is likely to become an annual event. If you didn’t this year, you should be there when it comes around next.
And a quiz with a twist
Trust the good folk at the Guardian to come up with this. With news out that the ebook of the new sequel to Treasure Island will be aided by sound effects, they came up with this imaginative quiz. Try it for yourself. I must boast that I maxed it, but you have no reason to believe me.