by BIS Correspondent
MATUNGA-MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 24, 2014: The entire secondary section of the school, from classes V to X celebrated the joy of the written word on November 21, 2014. The day was set aside to initiate our students into the practice of reading, a habit we relentlessly strive to inculcate in our students. The students brought along a book each in the three languages, English, Hindi and Marathi. The boys were encouraged by their teachers to read the same in class as part of devoted reading time.
Prior to this, the students pledged to read books and viewed a power point presentation on the school library, a few writing stalwarts and how to critically evaluate a book. Age-appropriate books were made available through a book exhibition. It was encouraging to see quite a few parents who spent the entire day helping the students with their reading and even reading out aloud to them. The latter part of the day was devoted to putting pen to paper. The boys described what they had read and their sentiments at the end of the reading exercise.
As part of reading appreciation, we also organized an interaction with Mr. Sudeep Nagarkar, author of four novels, 'Few Things Left Unsaid,' That's The Way We Met,' 'It Started With A Friend Request' and 'Sorry You're Not My Type.' Mr. Nagarkar, a 'Youth Achiever's Award' winner in 2013 for being one of the youngest bestsellers in India and a motivational speaker, encouraged the students to cultivate the reading habit, citing reasons for the same.
Mr. Nagarkar stressed the importance of reading in order to increase one's exposure and build self-confidence, to increase the attention span and in order to write creatively in an interesting manner. Students were enthusiastic and responded positively when asked as to whether they had found the day a fruitful one and promised to try and engage themselves in reading.