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Meet the Author, Jaishree Misra at KV Pattom: Report and Images

Ms Jaishree Misra, the well known author of seven best selling novels, the Ancient Promises, Rani, Afterwards, Secrets and Lies, Secrets and Sins, Scandalous secret, and Accidents like Love and Marriage, interacted with students of Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) Pattom, at the ‘Meet the Author’ session, held on April 22 at 10.30 a.m. in the Library. The programme was organized in connection with the World Book and Copyright Day and the Golden Jubilee Year Celebrations of KV Pattom.

Ms Jaishree Misra also inaugurated the Reader’s Club activities for the session 2014-’15 and opened a 3 Day Golden Jubilee Children’s Book Fair, jointly organized in collaboration with M/s Scholastic India Inc., which will end on April 24, 2014. She presented certificates and prizes to the school level winners of UNESCO Book Cover Competition 2014. Ms S. Neerada, Principal, KV Pattom introduced the author to the audience of students . For a detailed report on the question answer session, kindly see the newspaper reports posted below. Mr Mathew Abraham, Vice Principal was also present. Mr S.L. Faisal, Librarian and the coordinator of the programme, delivered vote of thanks.

 

Reports on the Event in Newspapers

Nurturing appreciation of reading

Staff Reporter

The Hindu, Thiruvananthapuram, April 23, 2014

Writer Jaishree Misra with students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom, in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.

Writer Jaishree Misra with students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom, in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.

Writer Jaishree Misra interacts with KV students

Writer Jaishree Misra was 13 when she received her first bit of literary criticism. And it was from none other than a Jnanpith award winner, a celebrated Malayalam novelist who gifted the world Chemmeen, Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai.

A short story Ms. Misra wrote was published in the Deccan Herald, a clipping of which was sent to the writer, also her greatuncle or ‘Thakazhi Ammavan,’ as she fondly calls him. The writer promptly sent back a point-by-point analysis, picking out the descriptions he liked best and offering constructive criticism.

Having a literary giant in the family helped “take the mystique out of the writing,” she said to an audience of children at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom. She was participating in a ‘Meet the Author’ programme on Tuesday organised in connection with World Book and Copyright Day, which falls on April 23. Though she lived in New Delhi as a child, she managed to get a glimpse of her uncle’s fascinating world, a proximity which eventually helped build her confidence to write a novel.

Reading in Net age

Ms. Misra dwelled long on the subject of reading and how the habit fares in the Internet age.

While the Internet is a wonderful thing in terms of opening up vaults of knowledge, she said what had declined was the quality of reading – “quick, pint-sized, abbreviated and turning into a new language altogether.” “People could soon forget to hold their attention,” she said. Within a piece of literature was a documentation of the human experience that helped you empathise and appreciate other people and cultures, the students were told.

She worked at the British Board of Film Classification, a position which furthered her understanding of censorship.

Ms. Misra had to go through films, some of which were ‘deeply dislikeable’ and were ‘breeding a sense of callousness’ in terms of the violence shown and that there needs to be a limit of what can freely distributed.

View on bans

But, not a singly book should be banned because a group or individual takes offence at it and wants to prevent everyone from reading it, a trend that’s disturbingly on the rise, she said, citing Wendy Doniger’s and Salman Rushdie’s works. “If you don’t like it, don’t read it. Don’t stop the rest of the world from making up their mind.”

Ms. Misra inaugurated a three-day book fair organised in collaboration with Scholastic Inc at KV. It is open from 7.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The KV Library also held an International Kids Book Cover Competition 2014, a UNESCO-supported venture, said librarian S.L. Faisal. To mark World Book Day, the school will conduct bookmark designing, book reviewing, and painting competitions, he added. Principal S. Neerada was present.

 

JM Hindu 23April 2014

Courtesy: The Hindu

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Thiruvananthapuram/nurturing-appreciation-of-reading/article5939944.ece

 

Students Surprise Jaishree Misra

Express News Service, The New Indian Express, Thiruvananthapuram

23 April 2014.

 

Author Jaishree Misra arriving at KV Pattom on Tuesday | manu r mavelil

Author Jaishree Misra arriving at KV Pattom on Tuesday | manu r mavelil

When author Jaishree Misra met the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom, she was slightly taken aback to learn that such young readers had read her works. “When I write, I generally write for grown-ups and don’t think of children as my audience,” she said while interacting with around a hundred members of the school’s Reader’s Club on Tuesday.

The interaction, arranged as part of World Book and Copyright Day celebrations which fall on Wednesday, saw the author answering some very technical questions from the young audience on the craft of writing – how do those in the writing profession present instances, do they tell them as it is or do they keep an audience in mind? Where do the characters come from? What happens to the bits of writing that may have been edited out?

“Ideally, when you write, you’re told not to keep anyone in mind so that you can be completely committed to the material. But this is easier said than done,” said Misra, who has written seven novels to date and has edited an anthology of stories and poems on motherhood. “In the end, I think it is only your first novel that you can write this way because you don’t know what it’s like to have an audience. My work that was written for myself, keeping no audience in mind is therefore my first, ‘Ancient Promises’,” she added, referring to her semi-autobiographical work.  When asked about the influences on her to take to writing, she mentioned her slightly ‘tightfisted’ Thakazhi ‘ammavan’, referring to Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai.

“He was such a normal human being that you would forget he was such a great writer,” said Misra. “He made me feel that writing was something I could do. When I got a story published for the first time when I was 13, he wrote me a letter, a feedback pointing out what he liked in my writing.”

Questions also turned to the issue of censorship and banning of books, Misra herself having been at the receiving end when the Uttar Pradesh government banned her historical romance ‘Rani’, on the Rani of Jhansi, in 2008.

“No, absolutely not,” was Misra’s reply when asked by a student whether books should be banned. “Not a single book should be banned. On the other hand, having worked with the British Board of Film Classification, I cannot rule out censorship altogether. There will always be something that is just too much. But books, unlike DVDs or films where the danger of underage viewing is very real, may not be understood by very young readers.”

Misra also spoke to the young readers about the importance of reading books in the digital age where reading has come down to 140 characters.

“If you leave school with a love for reading, then you have an excellent start in life,” she said.

Misra inaugurated a three-day book fair, a collaboration with Scholastic books, on the school premises. The fair is open to the public as well. It is on till April 24 during school hours. Present at the inauguration were S Neerada, principal, Mathew Abraham vice principal and librarian S L Faisal.

JM NIExpress 23 April 2014

Courtesy: The New Indian Express

Source: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/thiruvananthapuram/Students-Surprise-Jaishree-Misra/2014/04/23/article2183722.ece

 

JM Malayala Manorama 23 April 2014

Malayala Manorama, Thirvananthapuram, April 23, 2014

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Kerala Koumudi, Thiruvananthapuram, April 23, 2014

Read Online: http://www.keralakaumudi.com/news/print/apr23/page2.pdf

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KV Pattom Golden Jubilee Celebrations 2014: Inviting Ideas from Students, Alumni and Parents

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Activity

 

What you have to do?

 

01

 

Ideas for Golden Jubilee Year

(What we can do during the year?)

Ideas for Programmes, activities and Events

Last date: 15 Feb. 2014

 

Write your ideas on a piece of paper and drop it into the box  kept in the Library

Or send it to

librarykvpattom@gmail.com

 

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Design a Golden Jubilee Mascot

Last date: 15 Feb. 2014

 

Submit your designs to

I/C Mr Rajeev Ranjan

 

03

 

Write a tagline for KV Pattom

Last date: 15 Feb. 2014

E.g., “KV Pattom: Excellence unmatched”

 

Write your taglines on a piece of paper and drop it into the box  kept in the

Vice Principal’s room

Or send it to

librarykvpattom@gmail.com

 

04

 

Write slogans/ captions

for Golden Jubilee T-shirts and Posters

Last date: 15 Feb. 2014

 

Write your slogans on a piece of paper and drop it into the box  kept in the

Vice Principal’s room

Or send it to

librarykvpattom@gmail.com

 

Competitions

 

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“KV Pattom @ 75”

Painting Competition

(the date of competition will be announced later)

 

Register your names to

I/C Mr Rajeev Ranjan

 

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Designs for Golden Jubilee Souvenir

cover page

 

Submit your designs to

I/C Mr Rajeev Ranjan

 

03

 

KV Pattom Golden Jubilee

Theme Song (Group Activity)

 

Compose a theme song for

KV Pattom Golden jubilee celebrations

 

04

 

Essay Writing Competition

(the date of competition will be announced later)

 

The topic will be announced later

 

Selected entries will be included in the Golden Jubilee Souvenir and

presented with attractive prizes.

 

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KV Pattom Annual Day 2011: Images

KV Pattom (Shift-I): 21 December 2011

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Inauguration: Shri Venugopal P. Nair IPS ADGP(Admn)

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Annual Report: Shri C.P.Kumaran, Principal

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Keynote address: Shri Venugopal P Nair IPS, ADGP (Admn)

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KV Pattom (Shift-II): 20 December 2011

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Inauguration: Dr. D. Babu Paul IAS, Additional Chief Secretary (Rtd)

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Annual Report: Shri C.P.Kumaran, Principal

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Keynote address: Dr. D. Babu Paul IAS, Additional Chief Secretary (Rtd)

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Harry Potter, the children’s book without illustrations that recaptured the young readers

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Harry Potter series of books proved that children’s books without illustrations can also become  so popular and trendsetters in reading and publishing, said Dr. Radhika C. Nair, Children’s writer and the translator of the first Harry Potter book into Malayalam. She was speaking at the Meet the Author session organized by the Library Media Centre in connection with the Harry Potter birthday celebration at Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom on 28 July 2011.

Radhika C. Nair also urged the students to fetch out stories and folktales which are hidden in our local culture and more interesting than the Harry Potter saga.

The library has conducted book jacket designing, Harry Potter quiz, Harry Potter birthday recipe writing competition and an exhibition of Harry Potter books as part of the event and the prizes for the winners were distributed at the function. C.P.Kumaran, Principal, S.L.Faisal and B. Surendran (Librarians) were also present.

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Library Junction won NCERT Innovative Practices in Schools Award 2011

NCERT Innovation AwardKV Pattom

Library Junction, the online academic social network launched by Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom won the All India Competition on Innovative Practices and Experiments in Schools and Teacher Education Institutions, 2011 conducted by NCERT, New Delhi.

The project (www.libraryjunction.net) was conceived as an online academic collaborative learning platform where the students can ask curriculum related questions to expert faculty members and clear their doubts. The network combines all the popular social networking features through which the members can communicate with each other, express their views and ideas, discuss issues related to different subject areas, share links, do wiki projects, download study materials and e-books and create sub groups on books, authors and themes. The network has more than 800 members and now opens to all students.

The award, consisted of a citation and Rs.20,000/-, was received by C.P.Kumaran, Principal and S.L.Faisal, Librarian and coordinator of the project from Prof. G. Ravindra, Director, NCERT at the National Seminar in New Delhi.

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Ammu’s first book on God released by O.N.V.Kurup

Prof. O.N.V.Kurup, Malayalam poet and Gyanpith winner released the book, “Marunnupurattan vendi murivundakkunnayal”  (Malayalam, Chinta Publications, Trivandrum, Rs.40/-) written by Ammu (Gayathri) on 19th April 2011 at Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom. The book has been termed as a 12 year girl’s reminiscence on God, religion, secularism and the present day society. The function was presided over by famous Malayalam writer Shri. Perumbadavam Sreedharam. Mr. C.P.Kumaran, Principal, KV Pattom received the first copy from O.N.V.Kurup. The book was reviewed by Sri. V.K.Joseph, Vice Chairman, Kerala Chalachitra Akademi. The author, Kumari Gayathri shared her experiences on writing the book. Shri. Rajesh Chirappad, sub editor, Chitha Publications, delivered the vote of thanks.

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Presidential Address: Shri. Perumbadavam Sreedharan, Malayalam Novelist

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Kum.Aparna R.Kurup, delivers the welcome speech.

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Prof. O.N.V.Kurup, Malayalam poet and Gyanpith winner releases the book by presenting its copy to Shri. C.P.Kumaran, Principal, KV Pattom

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Prof. O.N.V.Kurup addresses the gathering.

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Shri. V.K.Joesph, Vice Chairman, Kerala Chalachitra Akademi and Managing Editor, Chinta Publications, presents the book.

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Felicitations by Shri. C.P.Kumaran, Principal, KV Pattom

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The person of the moment, Kumari Gayathri (Ammu) shares her experiences on writing the book “Marunnupurattan vendi murivundakkunnayal

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Vote of thanks by Mr. Rajesh Chirappad, Sub Editor, Chinta Publications, Trivandrum

 

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Prof. O.N.V.Kurup and Kumari Ammu in between the admirers and friends.

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“Don’t be addicted to Net”: Dr.George Onakkoor

The internet should supplement student’s reading and an addiction to it will hamper their physical and mental development, said Dr. George Onakkoor. The technology should support the acquisition of knowledge which will later be transformed into wisdom. The students should represent the diverse cultures of the country  and at the same time be proud to be an Indian, he said.

Onakkoor was attending the “Meet the Author” session organized by the Library Media Centre of Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom. He interacted with the children and also distributed the prizes to the winners of various competitions held in the library.

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KV Pattom Library Blog crosses One Million Hits

The Library Blog of Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom, the First Indian Library Blog crossed the One Million Hits mark on 19 November 2010. The blog was launched in September 2007 to reach out to the new generation library users at their space and time.

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Onam Book Fair Begins

Students at Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom celebrates this Onam with books. The Library Media Centre in collaboration with New Light Publications began a three day long Book Fair in the campus yesterday. Mr.C.P.Kumaran, Principal inaugurated the fair. Fiction, non fiction, reference, children’s books and a variety of teaching aids are on exhibition and sale with special discounts.

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Mr.C.P.Kumarn, Principal inaugurating the Onam Book Fair 2010

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Join the New Library Junction Today !

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The popular online academic social network, 

Library Junction: Where Minds meet and Ideas pop up !” has launched on a new platform with lots of new features recently. The url of the new site is http://grou.ps/libraryjunction.

Library Junction(LJ) is an academic social network of students, teachers, parents and others who are genuinely interested in library, books, reading, web and ideas.


The objectives behind this project are the promotion of library, books, reading habit, knowledge sharing, networking, two way interaction and collaborative learning.

Anyone who is interested in Books, Reading, Libraries, Web, Ideas and innovations are welcomed to join this Network.

The old Library Junction http://libraryjunction.ning.com/ will be phased out by July due to some policy changes by Ning.

ALERT !!!

The existing members can recover their password by visiting the home page of the new Library Junction and “Sign In”.

Visit Library Junction today and celebrate books, reading , libraries and web !!

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Jaishree Misra @ the Library !!!

Ms Jaishree Misra with students at the 'Meet the Author' programme held on 22 April 2014.

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