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Tribune News Service

Dehradun, September 4


Acclaimed children books' writer and author of 15 children's books Ramendra Kumar participated in the Ghummakkad Narain, the travelling children's festival, at The Heritage School here today.

Talking to the children about "The art of telling a story and the making of a book", Ramendra Kumar focused on story idea, plot, character, view point, language, dialogues and the target audience. He dwelt at length on the skills needed to become an effective writer.

Ramendra shared a story, specially written for the occasion, to unravel the process of ideation, creation and the various elements of fiction. He followed it up with sketching the outline of his recent novel "Now or Never".

The children were charged up when he shared his inspiration behind the novel and the reason why "Now or Never" was so very special to him.

Later, addressing another session at the Government School, Majra, Ramendra captivated the children with a humorous story about animals caught in a modern-day situation.

This was followed by an interactive session on the folk tradition of 'paheli'. Based on the book "Paheli Bujho aur Banao" published by Ponytale Books, the children were captivated to learn about how they could make their own paheli by following some easy-to-use guidelines.

Shaguna Gahilote, Programme Officer, Culture UNESCO, B Gill, Principal, The Heritage School, were present on the occasion. The travelling children's festival Ghummakkad Narain has been organised by local NGOs - Nivesh and Himalayan Hub for Art and Cultural Heritage (HHACH) - under the aegis of UNESCO's Donate a Book initiative.