So, finally, after a lot of going back and forth between the members of the evaluation panel, we have the top 20 entries in each category. The book is ready and is being released on the 19th of November, 2011 at Nehru Memorial Hall at 10:00 AM.
We are also organizing our 1st ever Annual Inter School Quiz on the 19th. The day will start with the written prelims for the quiz followed by the book release at 10 AM.
Sidharth Agrawal, the City Director of Teach For India has agreed to do the honors for us by releasing the book.
Sidharth joined Teach For India as Fellow in its first cohort in 2009 and decided to join the TFI staff after graduating from the 2 year Fellowship. Before that he has worked as a senior consultant at Genpact (strategy and operations). He received an MBA from S.P.Jain Institute of Management Research in 2006 and a Bachelors in Economics and Maths from Fergusson College in 2002.
It is indeed our privilege to have Sidharth do the book release – in fact, it is going to be a day out with young Leaders for us – Ramanand, the Quiz Master is the youngest Mastermind India winner and Prashant Karhade is one of the youngest publishers around. Guess these are the best people to go with the stars of the day – the 60 young writers and the top school quizzers.
We are all quite excited about the book and can feel the same excitement among the young writers whose entries have been published. Those who missed out on this set of 20 – don’t fret. We have some other exciting plans for your submissions as well.
So if you are in Pune and have been following the progress of Tender Leaves/ Diary of a Puneri Kid, it will be our pleasure to have you at the book release on the 19th.
We are humbled and overwhelmed by the response we have got for The Diary of a Puneri Kid. 2000+ responses from 17 schools. WOW!! There were a couple of things we were up against:
- we were doing it for the first time and even the schools were doing it for the first time.
- our timing could have been better, if we had done this in July when there were no exams/diwali vacations.
Yet, we managed to get such a good response – thanks to the enthusiastic response from all the Principals, Librarians, Academic coordinators, parents and the children. Everyone deserves a pat on the back.
If this is the response we have got from 17 schools, we are sure of a much better response when we do this in July 2012.
While the number of responses alone should be reason enough for being happy, the quality of the entries make us feel elated. We have come across some SUPER entries. We could have the next Christopher Paolini among these young writers. The evaluation panel is having a tough time selecting the top 20 entries in each of the three categories.
Now, there will be a reason to be ecstatic if all the good work put in by these young writers can be put together in a well-produced book. We are trying our best to put together the best team to deliver the best finished product. As of today, we are all set to launch the book on the 19th of November at Nehru Memorial Hall. Fingers crossed.
Do you know a child who loves to tell stories – how he helped Ben10 defeat the aliens, how she got Chhota Bheem to save Dholakpur without having to eat all the laddoos, how Alex Rider required his help to understand a clue that was all in Hindi, why she has to skip food, how they solved the strange mystery of the school cupboard that was always locked ?
Who doesn’t know such a kid?
Now, you can get those young story-tellers to write down their stories and their story could get published.
The Diary of a Puneri Kid is a unique story-writing competition for young writers in Pune in the age groups of 5-8 years, 9-10 years and 11-12 years.
Click here for more details.