Ebbani from Rey Valley International School was the first to arrive.
“Thirteen more children are coming,” she informed me.
I was anxious, anxious enough to have considered (night before last) cancelling the whole thing. I had never dealt with such young children before, and the children from Rey Valley who were coming to Rachna Books were children from LKG, UKG, and Grade I.
Finally, I loved how everything turned out.
There were thirteen children in all, not the 14 that Ebbani expected, and each of them was special. I feel like such a foreigner; I remember so few of the names!
Even so, I see their bright faces, looking up at me. I see how they respond to the cover of The Story-Catcher. I can see them imagining with me, contributing to my stories. And my heart warms.
The entire concept of bringing children to a bookstore is charming. Every year, Rey Valley brings its children to the store to wander around and choose books – and an author-visit is just a bonus.
The teachers were wonderful, helping me with the children, sitting there and listening.
And of course, Rachna Books – could I ask for a better place for a book-reading?
The weather was good, so we sat outside in the garden and I told the children two stories – “The Lake” and “The Little Corner Shop”. My background music was the gushing waterfall. Behind me was the bookstore. Around me were thirteen enthusiastic children surrounded by greenery.
Amidst all this beauty, The Story-Catcher entered Gangtok.