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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Ponytale Books @ Ghummakkad Narain, Travelling Children’s Festival in Dehradun

Ponytale Books is delighted to partner with UNESCO's 'Donate a Book' initiative launched earlier this year. This path-breaking initiative brings into sharp focus the need to give children wider access to books in order to inculcate reading habits and also provide books to those children who do not have easy access to them.

As part of this initiative, a travelling children's festival in Dehradun, 'Ghummakkad Narain' organised by local NGOs Nivesh and Himalayan Hub for Art and Cultural Heritage (HHACH), was inaugurated by Hon'ble Margaret Alva, Governor of Uttarakhand on July 30th. The 9-week festival will give the children of Dehradun an opportunity to interact with leading authors and illustrators.

Ghummakkad Narain is an elderly gentleman who is extremely fond of books and travels around reading them out to children. He is fun to be with as he makes reading a whole lot of fun. He is a store house of knowledge and has a unique way of sharing it—in the form of stories. He’s loved by both children and the elderly, wherever he goes...

Catch our authors Ramendra Kumar, Nimish Dubey and Sanjay Rawat epitomise the Ghummakkad Narain spirit at the session, 'The Art of telling a Story and the Making of a Book' from 930 am onwards on September 4th 2010 at The Heritage School, Dehradun. Our authors will take the children through the story behind the stories—of how stories are conceived in their minds, both fiction and non-fiction and for edutainment, and how these stories get transformed into a book.

The philosophy behind UNESCO’s ‘Donate a Book’ initiative:
Books are extremely important tools of providing knowledge, transmitting information and introducing us to unknown worlds, enhancing our understanding of the world. In addition books play a meaningful role as psychological and emotional balances and vents that help people overcome trauma caused by a disaster and help them face challenges and look at them rationally through reading. Reading can be escape into worlds of one’s choice or an emotional cushion seeing us through tough times, bringing us back to regular everyday life.

Books cannot be isolated from reading, and reading habits can be inculcated only in those who have the opportunity to read and have an access to books and reading. It is therefore our binding obligation to facilitate the collection of reading material and to bring books to those who do not have access to libraries or the privilege of owning books.

Books are for everyone and we would want every child to have access to books and reading through schools or community libraries. What matters is that each book must be read and enjoyed. It is with this purpose that we bring this festival to our children to bring them closer to books and to reading. To stimulate their imagination and foster their development by helping them understand themselves better. To make books their best friends for life. Our motive is to not just educate children but to retain their interest in studies through reading and sharing so as to make them thinkers and individuals of tomorrow.

Please write to ghummakkadnarainATgmailDOTcom for any query about the travelling children's festival or to sDOTgahiloteATunescoDOTorg to know more about UNESCO's 'Donate a Book' Initiative or to us at ponytalebooksATgmailDOTcom

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