‘Literature in Action- Impact of Stories’ session with Paro Anand on 8th January 2022
After the winter vacation, didis and bhaiyas of Shikshantar virtually reconnected with renewed energies in a collective Circle Time; a customary practice in Shikshantar. What better than Stories! Stories are closely embedded in our curricular experiences for children at various ages.
An engaging session with Paro Didi ‘Literature in Action- Impact of Stories’ widened mind sets with exchange of perspectives, listening to stories and reflecting on our experiences. Paro didi shared her own story and journey as a writer, stories behind the books authored by her, the impacts of stories on the minds of the children, adults and their responses. Importance of exposure to stories on real situations and topics closer to children’s context to provoke a closer thought, understanding and discussion. Providing a non-judgmental and space of trust for children to relate and respond; observing their responses through their questions and body language. Creating opportunities for children to choose books that they connect with. Enabling young minds to question and think beyond…Paro didi read aloud excerpts from few of he interesting books such as ‘The Other’, ‘Nomads Land,’ ‘Like Smoke’, ‘Being Gandhi’ and ‘Unmasked’. Stirring deep emotions and reflections, stimulating the impact of stories with her remarkable story narration. She also inspired us with her initiatives to reach out to children with limited exposure to books. A Bal Sahitya Puraskar winner, Paro Anand is an Indian author of books for children and adults including novels, short stories and plays. She is also a part of Shikshantar’s Governing Council.