Bachpan, Masti aur Hum… a perfect maxim to define “KEEKLI An Ode to Innocence” and what our portal intends to portray. AN ONLINE NEWS AND VIEWS MAGAZINE for children who wish to express creatively either by writing articles or posting photographs and sketches. The purity and virtuousness with which children portray their emotions and express themselves freely will be showcased through our website.
With over 15 years experience in the publishing industry I have started this dream venture and wish to get a warm response from all my friends and patrons whom I have met through the myriad journey I have had. My first job was as an apprentice with The Himachal Times, Shimla, in the year 1998, while doing my Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Himachal Pradesh University, where I first took my baby steps towards the world of publishing industry. Soon I was off to New Delhi in 1999 and joined an NGO who were printing a magazine titled Consumer VOICE. Then there was no looking back after that.
The year 2000 saw the new age of the Internet or the Dotcom. An interesting endevour that took me away from the print media to Britannica.com, the online venture of Encylopaedia Britannica Inc, the so called dotcom culture and all the happiness, friends and outings that came along with it, of course not to leave behind the work and related experience. It was a stepping stone towards my Tech experience and without any formal training in any of the publishing software’s it all came to me easily and earned me the position of an Editor.
After this I took a sabbatical and moved back to Shimla in 2002 to do my Master’s in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Himachal Pradesh University.
Since Shimla offered little avenues for some good job opportunities, I travelled back to Delhi and took a job with Dorling Kindersly, with their Travel Guides section as Project Editor and worked on various travel guides. But then life had other plans designed for me.
In November, 2005 I got married and moved back to Shimla and continued to work as a Freelancer undertaking various jobs such as editing, proofing and indexing with different publication houses based in New Delhi. Few of these assignments included with Pragun Publications, Oxford & IBH Publication Pvt., Ltd and Indus Publication all Delhi based; then as the Associate Editor for a news weekly titled Sudershan Frank; edited and helped in the conceptualization of a general knowledge book titled Himachal Pradesh: A Himalayan Dreamland; worked part time as the Project Editor of Energy India with the Himachal Times Group during 2011; and regularly contributed travel related articles to My Times of Shimla, Times of India, supplement, Shimla edition. Presently too, I undertake freelance assignments from a Delhi-based consultant, which involves editing and typesetting of the manuscripts and most recent addition has been proofing books for the Publication Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, New Delhi.
This venture “KEEKLI An Ode to Innocence” is close to my heart and through this vision of mine I wish to offer children this platform to express themselves. Through this news portal we will showcase children’s achievements, awards, accomplishments and much more. Additional information of colleges and universities; a quiz section for two age groups; interesting website reviews as well as appointment of Keekli reporters are other highlights of this site.
Section on Parents too will have an avenue to articulate themselves freely without the restriction of space or time.
All the contributors will get due credit and acknowledgment for their work.
Future additions include workshops and events for both parents and children so that they too have a sense of participation and enjoyment.
Come join my fun venture with MASTI written all over it.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSION:
- Typed or neatly hand written articles;
- Send through mail or E-mail them to us;
- Write your Full Name, Class, School, Contact Number and Address for Correspondence.