Children spend some time in the company of Sudha Murthy
MYSORE: For the tiny tots with a fascination for stories, what better way to while away the time than in the company of ones grandma or a friendly “auntie” during summer holidays?
And long after one has matured into adulthood is there anyone who has not relapsed into nostalgia yearning for “those good old days” when fairy tales came alive — with animals befriending humans, and the demons slayed by the charming prince as in the Panchatantra? Or those engrossing moments while reading comics and storybooks — be they Phantom and Tintin or Harry Potter in recent years?
For scores of children in Mysore it was one of those moments they would cherish as they spent some time in the company of Sudha Murthy, Chairperson of Infosys Foundation and author of a few books.
Organised by the Sapna Book House at its new premises, the storytelling session was a big draw as Ms. Sudha Murthy picked a few tales from her works and rendered it to children.
But the curiosity of the children was insatiable as they asked a few questions not before insisting that she sit with them instead of occupying the dais, a “demand” to which Ms. Sudha Murthy gladly obliged and answered their questions.
The questions ranged from “why do you write” to “how you became rich” to role models in life.
In addition to the storytelling session, the organisers also arranged a painting competition for those aged between 8 and 12.
In addition, there was an exhibition of books by Ms. Sudha Murthy.
At the end of the day, it was a time well-spent by children who learnt that stories too contributed to moulding ones personality; a message that was also sent to the parents of the children, who attended the session.
Just in case they admonished their children for “wasting time” if found in the company of storybooks.