Tales from Kitab Ghar

By Sitara Rishikesh, Grade 10 On the first day of the Neev Literature Festival 2023, the school grounds opened up to a crowd of literature enthusiasts, both young and old, along with authors, illustrators, filmmakers, performers and other artists of our times. This festival is one of the greatest celebrations of Indian children’s literature, and […]

Bringing Out the Inner Child: Takeaways from the Neev Literature Festival 2023

By Tamara Serukur, Grade 10 The Neev Literature Festival never fails to amaze me. After having spent the weekend of the festival visiting various masterclasses, talking to the other readers at NLF, and listening to the creators behind some of the fabulous books that were featured by the NLF, I realised something rather bittersweet. I […]

Unveiling the Literary Tapestry: Linda Sue Park’s Revelations

By Vaishali Basu, Educator Linda Sue Park: A Literary Force On the second day of the Neev Literature Festival, the stage was set for a literary luminary—Linda Sue Park—to take center stage. The Newbery Medal winning author known for crafting literary wonders for children from all age groups, Linda Sue has penned an impressive array […]

Creature Chronicles: Creating Exciting Animal Stories

By Ashika Thusu Samuel, Educator A masterclass on Day 2 of the Neev Literature Festival was overflowing with many participants and eager students wanting to join in and learn how to a creative animal story. The session was to be conducted by renowned, award-winning author Bijal Vachharajani and prolific, award winning illustrator Rajiv Eipe (out […]

Small and Big Questions: Menaka Raman on Everyday Inquiry

By Prerna Bidalia, Educator Take a minute and think about the number of questions you ask daily. What are the kind of questions that you ask? Do you always like the answer? Who do you pose these questions to?  In the bustling heart of the city, amidst the hum of animated conversations, renowned author Menaka […]

Are We All the Same? Exploring the A-Z of Culture

By Ananya Malde, Grade 11 Day 2 of the Neev Literature Festival 2023 witnessed an enlightening and engaging event, The A-Z of Culture, conducted by writer and publisher, Akhila Das Blah. She began by posing a fundamental question, “Are we all the same?” This interactive session managed to capture the audience’s attention, leaving both adults […]

​​Goshtarang Adapts Moin and the Monster For the Stage

By Vaishali Basu, Educator Vikas Kamble, Yogeshwar Bendre, Harshala Sharma, and Vardhan Deshpande from the Maharashtra-based theatre troupe Goshtarang created a magical world with their adaptation of the beloved story Moin and the Monster by Anushka Ravishankar. The performance, enhanced by basic audio effects and minimal stage props, showcased the power of imagination, leaving young […]

Changing Times, Changing Values: The Lives of Digital-Era Teenagers

By Kavya Arjun, Grade 11 Renée  Watson, Ashim Ahluwalia, Jane de Suza and Dhooleka Raj broke all taboos during their panel discussion Changing Times, Changing Values held on Day 1 of the Neev Literature Festival. The session saw four powerhouses, highly acclaimed in their respective fields, offering their perspectives on the complexities of navigating teenage […]

What’s in a Wordless Book? | A Reading of My Street

By Supriya Prakash, Educator A wordless book? The name seems to say it all—it is a book without text where the story is told solely through the art. Images tell the stories and they must be read as carefully as any text. Artists are literally writing with pictures. While similar pictorial choices are made when […]