The Montessori children of Ekya School, JP Nagar had a reading session with well-known author and philanthropist, Ms. Rohini Nilekani. She is the founder – chairperson of Arghyam, a foundation to fund initiatives of sustainable water and sanitation across India. Ms. Rohini Nilekani is also the Co-Founder & Director of Ekstep, an education platform. She is the author of a medical thriller “Still Born” and a non-fiction book “Uncommon Ground”. Her “Sringeri Srinivas” stories are much loved by the little readers. Her books have also been included in the Ekya Early years – Early Literacy reading program.
Ms. Rohini read two books “Too many bananas” and “Sringeri Srinivas Learns to Laugh”, both of which are from the “Sringeri Srinivas” series. She was extremely expressive while narrating the story with actions to elucidate the hilarious sections, accompanying her reading. She is truly a natural storyteller. It was clear that she loves children. Her interactions with the children as well as her successful attempts to make the children laugh put smiles on the teacher’s faces too. The children had nothing short of an amazing session with a wonderful person. Her other book “Annual Haircut Day” will be used in the reading activity for the next week.
On being asked how her session with the children was, she said “I had a great time. An author needs to connect with her readers. What makes me happiest is a book in a child’s hands”, describing her work as rewarding. She truly enjoyed her time with the excited preschoolers.
The interactive session was a beautiful light-hearted reading of the adventures of Sringeri Srinivas. The session allowed the teachers to revisit the joys of their childhood while the children were able to take a break. They were able to laugh aloud with an encouraging adult. Thank you, Ms. Rohini Nilekani, for such an interactive session to inspire the younger generation to read.
The session ended with a few of our students getting their copy of a book written by Ms. Rohini Nilekani, signed by the author herself.
By Nidhi Bhavsar
Grade 10A, Ekya School JP Nagar