YOUNG WORLD

Fun and frolic

MESMERISED MOMENTS: Listening to Col. R.K. Kapoor   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: ANU PUSHKARNA



NANDINI NAIR

It was the finale of the Children's summer workshop.

A bare-chested, bare-footed young boy crawled onto stage. Asked if he had anything to say to his human friends, he simply growled into the mike. He was Mowgli. The Oxford Bookstore celebrated the finale of its children's summer workshop, Disney Hour with a fancy dress contest, singing competition, T-shirt slogan writing contest and wheel of fortune. This weekend was the conclusion of Head over Heels, conducted for children from ages three to 14, held at Oxford Bookstores in Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi.

Exciting activities

Over the past four-weeks children took part in a variety of activities. "Masti Ki Pathshala" was organised with the help of NGOs and special invitees included the children of the inmates of Tihar Jail and the less privileged children from Zamrudpur village. In "Just Craft", children learnt mask and bracelet making and pebble painting. In "An Evening with the Chef", conducted by a chef from the Park Hotel, children learnt to make fun drinks and easy sandwiches. Older girls sat at the windows of the sunlit bookshop and painted Disney tattoos on excited five-year-old arms. Toddlers and teenagers sang bashfully into the mike looking at their mothers for approval. The songs varied from patriotic "Sare jahan se acha" to "My heart will go on" to Sanskrit shlokas. Children tumbling onto stage or singing, added to the live show.The chief guest of the evening was TV and film personality Col. R.K. Kapoor. He is known for his role in Fauji and Kurbani. He gave away the prizes to winners of activities in the previous workshops.