Karnav Rastogi, India's youngest author speaks about 'World Book Day' and how he is going to celebrate it, excerpts:
World Book Day is a day to celebrate the habit of reading. Luckily, it’s on April 23rd when my school exams are over and I can usually do ample reading and write my own stories. This year my plans are different. As I am not able to buy new books or get new books issued from library. I have taken out my entire collection of books and I am reading those which I had missed earlier. I am reading books on kindle and also listening to audio books.
Reading books is a good habit. It is my hobby. It helps in widening my imagination and knowledge. Apart from that it has improved my grammar and vocabulary too. I read every day before going to bed and I get a sound sleep which enhances my thought. I consider books as my friends as they are with me all the time, especially now. Whenever I get bored, I pick a book and read. I would suggest to all the kids to read the books of their choice whether adventure, fiction, fairy tales or anything which gives them joy.
World Book Day in Quarantine
Though we are in lockdown but at the same time we have ample time. We can celebrate and make this World Book Day special by creating our own books. I strongly believe in ‘Each one, create one.’ This means everyone should take an initiative of creating one story. We are watching news or reading e-newspaper which covers incidents of recovery from corona virus and also about brave acts of our COVID warriors; look at them for inspiration. Create your own story and help in bringing out your own creativity in the form of an inspirational story.
Five Step Process of Writing a Story
Step 1: Just pick a pen and notebook and start writing about your favourite incident happened in your life.
Step 2: Imagine and elaborate your write up.
Step 3: Develop some characters and classify them as good or bad.
Step 4: Read books related to your story and try to complete it.
Step 5: Read your story and see how it is shaping up and make changes accordingly to give it a final shape.
How is Life Different?
I divide my time into various activities. Morning I attend my school through digital medium. In the afternoon I play chess then hear some audio books or sometimes attend a chat session of an author. I also take a story telling session on weekends for my friends who are writing their own stories. In the evening I write about any interesting incident which I come across through any news channel or e-newspaper. Later I play cricket with my father in the house. Post dinner I pick up my book and read.
When I chat with my friends, I often hear them complaining of boredom. Some of my friends have made a WhatsApp group titled boredom fighters. Many children keep themselves occupied by playing video games, watching movies, online games or chatting on social media. Instead of this I would suggest to do fun activities like conducting quiz games on your favourite topics with your friends, do some art work, help your mother in household work, learn to cook something, play table-tennis or rope skipping.
Stay Home but…
I have been at home from March 14th and have not gone out to play since then. I have met my friends only digitally. I have never had such a long vacation but I am making good use of my time. I write something or the other about corona also. I wrote a poem and also narrated it which my father uploaded on my YouTube channel. I only have one message to convey ‘Stay Home Stay Safe but Be Active Be Creative’.