Takeaways from NLF 2023

By Anaaya Kanchan, Grade 8  The Neev Literature Festival was a 2-day event packed with performances, sessions, talks, masterclasses and readings. Authors and performers from around the world and the country came together to speak and perform to a large and diverse audience, leaving all of us with a vast wealth of knowledge and experiences.  […]

Unveiling Layers: A Masterclass in Close Reading with Colin and Anuradha

By Vaishali Ghosh Basu, Educator On Saturday, the first day of the Neev Literature Festival, a masterclass on close reading led by the dynamic duo, Colin Kelman and Anuradha Ruhil Barua, left participants spellbound during a 45-minute session that transcended the ordinary. Both distinguished DP teachers in the IB curricula and members of the Neev […]

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 […]

Shabnam Minwalla on Inhabiting Parallel Timelines

By Kabir Basu, Grade 10 The second half of Day 1 of the Neev Literature Festival 2023 began with a most joyous and uplifting performance by Kapil Pandey, encouraging the audience to join in, sing and dance. The mood was set for celebrated, award-winning author Shabnam Minwalla’s session Inhabiting Parallel Timelines; an eager audience waited […]

Into the World of Stories With Geeta Ramanujam

By Navin Agarwal, Educator Geeta Ramanujam, master storyteller and the author of books such as The Wise Monkey and Other Stories and Tales from the World, held an interactive storytelling session on Day 1 of the Neev Literature Festival 2023 leaving both children and parents spellbound. With her charismatic presence and ventriloquistic magic, Geeta brought […]

Shifting the Focus: Centering Marginalised Stories of Colonialism

By Samantha Kokkat Literature reflects and constitutes society. In the imperial period, travel writing and adventure stories penned by British writers such as Rudyard Kipling did not merely represent India. They also built an image of India creating attitudes, beliefs and ways of thinking that legitimised colonial rule.  Literature of  post-independent India wrested the power […]

When History Comes Calling: Reflecting on the Roald Dahl Controversy

By Samantha Kokkat Puffin Books and the Roald Dahl Story Company found themselves in the eye of the storm when they announced that new editions of Roald Dahl’s books will be revised to make them less offensive. The move came after the publisher and the author’s estate worked with Inclusive Minds, an organisation that aims […]

History, Humour and Animal Rights | Young Readers Write

By Ayaan Gupta, Grade 3 Uncle Nehru, Please Send an Elephant! is a book written by Devika Cariapa and illustrated by Satvik Gade. This is a very interesting book. In this book, the author has tried to teach us a part of our real Indian history by narrating a series of real-life events which took […]

“VAmazing”: Reading When the World Went Dark | Young Readers Write

By Riya Bopanna, Grade 7 When the World Went Dark by Jane De Suza, shortlisted for the Neev Book Award 2022 in the Junior Readers category is a heartfelt novel that explores the feeling of loss from the perspective of a lively nine year-old girl.  Swara is not happy. Her country is in lockdown and […]