We are a group of individuals - so energetic, fun-loving and small in shape and size; that we have repeatedly been mistaken to be schoolchildren.
Once, we went to conduct a session and the Principal scolded us for not being in the uniform. Another time, the students tried to bully us. What has given us the strength to continue doing what we want to despite these ordeals is the flip side of who we are, for children - one among them. They can talk to us and share their stories. And when somebody calls you bhaiya or didi rather than Sir or Mam, you learn that there's more to it than what appears.
Huh? You mean you need reasons for why stories should be told? Do you remember asking your mother/naani/dada to tell you a story before going to bed? Did they ask you why? Exactly.
Still, here's some gyaan for those wouldn't listen. Everyone loves listening to a story. It’s fun. And if you make it fun, the reactions of listeners will indicate the importance of stories. Regardless of the content, giving children the opportunity to listen and tell stories is a rich experience itself.
These are just a few of them!
"I am impressed by your working style. Just coming and involving 150 students... absolutely raw... who have never been through a creative workshop, never been through any such activity - You could do it: is something very commendable. I like your organizational ability... very planned, systematic and the end product is very clear in your mind and you ensure that you get it." – Ashok Arora, Principal, DIET, Rajinder Nagar.
“It was an exceptionally well-conducted session - very vibrant, lot of energy. Ankit connected extremely well. It was certainly special.” – Sujata Suri, COO, Deep Foundation.
"I had a lot of fun in the workshop!!! My hesitation on
stage has reduced to some extent." – Ali,
"BRILLIANT! is all I have to say for Ankit's storytelling abilities. I don't know how he did it but for 45 minutes he had a 1000 kids and adults quiet and listening to a story." – Rohit Kumar, Training and Programme Development Specialist, Family Vision Foundation.
“I was able to give a face to my imagination and my
words." – Kriti,
"It was quite an enjoyable experience. I learnt a lot and feel confident about telling stories in an engaging way now." – Jyoti, student
"I have attended many workshops but none was as good as this one. Outstanding!!! I would like to thank you all for the same." – Namrata, student
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