Ritanjali Hastir, Associate Editor, 4th May, 2019, Shimla

Yet another exciting session of Keekli Book Club was held here today at the North Oak Public School Sanjauli, Shimla. The thrill and excitement to share their stories based on phrases given to members of the club in previous session was quiet visible.

Minakshi Chaudhary once again made the day special for all today as she focused on the art of story writing. Children made stories on the spot and developed them. The session became even more exciting as children were asked to count yellow colour in the room.

In the beginning the game made little sense to all but later they all realized the power of observation as some managed to count 67 yellow things in the room while the other team counted more than 100. This simple game brought out the stark difference between the observatory powers which is an important key in development of any story.

Majority of stories were based on “A friend in need is a friend indeed” where as other stories included “हाथ कंगन को आरसी क्या”, “Honesty is the best policy”. Other phrases included, “Where there is a will there is a way”, “Too many cooks spoil the broth”, “नाच न जाने आंगन टेड़ा”, “चोर मचाये शोर”, “सुबह का भूला शाम को घर आये तो उसे भूल नही कहते”, “ना नो मन तेल होगा ना राधा नाचे”.

Stress was laid on having a good command not only in English but Hindi as well, as in life one may never know what can come to use. As Minakshi stressed, English is quite commonly used and there is no uniqueness in it anymore, but having command over Hindi is a wonderful plus point as she puts in a lighter tone that it is less competitors but however, her undertone intentions were to bring each child close to their roots and make them realize that Hindi is not something to look down upon.

The day ended on a positive note as two new members joined the club and all looked forward for another meeting where they get to unleash their creativity.

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