The art of storytelling lends numerous benefits to children; development of feelings and emotions, learning about a variety of cultures and the act of effective listening. The annual storytelling initiative by Landmark, ‘Child Reading to Child’ provides a platform for young avid readers and storytellers to hone their narrative skills. After the success of the initiative by Landmark in 2014, this year the competition was held from June 17 to 25, for age group between 6 to 14 in the cities of Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune and Vashi. The winners were judged on their storytelling skills by renowned authors in each city.
Blurring the line between fact and fiction since the past 6 decades, Hyderabad-based Vaishnavi Ria, 13, won the opportunity to master the art of storytelling from India’s very own William Wordsworth – Ruskin Bond in the quaint town of Landour.
Vaishnavi Ria, the winner from Hyderabad says, “Ruskin uncle is one of the most jovial and down-to-earth personalities I have met. We discussed many topics including the authors, childhood and the experiences that led to him becoming a writer. I would like to thank Landmark bookstores for this opportunity.” The 13-year-old fell in love with the act of reading, when she was gifted The Secret Seven on her birthday.