Posts made in January, 2015

The Emperor who Loved Clothes – A Short Story By Nishant || Yay! It’s Fiction Friday!

This little story by 8-year-old Nishant Sharma, who attended Literature Studio’s “Naughty Monty Goes for a Walk” – a creative writing workshop for children, is a spin-off from the legendary “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” In 1990, there was a king who loved new clothes. He wore new clothes for breakfast, for lunch, for tea, and also for dinner. His wife told him all the time “dear, please wear the same clothes for the entire day.” But he didn’t listen to her. The soldiers of  the Kingdom also supported the King. They used to tell him, “वाह महाराज वाह! क्या कपड़े हैं|” Listening to praise made the King proud and he started believing that he is the king of the world. In 2001, he became so fat that he wasn’t able to walk and he  kept on falling down again and again. His clothes didn’t fit him anymore. So he had to buy new clothes. In 2007, he became very thin and the old clothes had to be thrown out again. In 2008, after eating well and exercising, he came back to his normal size. The old clothes were again wasted and he bought hundreds of new clothes. By 2009, no one believed that he was the king. He was so poor that he wasn’t able to rule the Kingdom. He was now thinking that he should have listened to his wife. Moral: We should not waste money. 8-year-old Nishant Sharma is a class III student from Delhi. When Nishant is not playing with his friends or studying, he likes to try his hands at new things. Blessed with a natural sense of humour, Nishant enjoys jokes and also likes painting and experimenting with various musical instruments. Helping his parents in the garden ever since he was a toddler, he has developed a deep affinity with nature. He aims to write several new stories during his vacations this year....

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Talented children in ‘Naughty Monty Goes for a Walk’ || Literature Studio’s Short Story Writing Workshop for Children

Children always manage to surprise us, be it our Summer Scholars or the even younger tiny tots. So far we had been conducting workshops for children who are older than 10 years, but in the beginning of the New Year we decided to include younger children in our programs as well. On January 11, 2015, Literature Studio organized a creative writing workshop for children aged 6 to 9 in Rohini, Delhi. And the outcome stunned us! Eight lovely children participated in the first edition and demonstrated incredible imagination through the various exercises we organized for them. Imagine an angry bloodhound whose best friend is a donkey called “Tandoori Chicken”, and this was a tiny 8-year-old revealing his sense of humour. And this eternal lesson from a 7-year-old, such as “And by making his friend happy, Naughty Monty, the happy lion, became happier.” Children created incredible characters such as a “hyperactive dinosaur”, a “sad elephant”, a “naughty tiger” and took them on various journeys. This was an exploratory workshop where children discovered the skill of looking at the world through someone else’s perspective, a skill that can make our world immensely better. At the end of the workshop, children read out their stories and we were incredibly proud of these little angels. The fact that the workshop was effective was proven to us when a participant’s mother reported to us that her child had written another story during a free period next day. We will publish that story on our blog very soon. We now feel encouraged to do this workshop at other locations in NCR. The details will be published soon....

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