I always find it an interesting experience to interact with the young. I like to see what they think about and try to understand things from their perspective. I was delighted therefore to accept an invitation from the Trio World School, in Bangalore where I live, to speak to their students. This event was organized as part of their Literary Week.
On arriving at the school, I was impressed to find that the Houses were named after literary figures: Masefield, Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Kipling. This was something unique as far as I was concerned. I also saw some catchy slogans which urged the kids to develop the reading habit. I don’t remember all of them but I think one said, ” The kid who reads, succeeds”
In my talk I spoke of my own experiences as an author. I spoke of NaNoWriMo and how it had made me the writer I am today. I spoke of the making of my debut novel, “It Can’t Be You” in 2009 and how well it was received in different parts of the globe. I also spoke of how I wrote my second thriller, ” Lucky For Some, 13.”
I was impressed by the questions put by the students. The kids were enthusiastic, sharp and quick to respond to some of the word exercises I had brought along for them. I emphasized that some amount of practical work is necessary reminding them of the old Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
I spoke of the time when I was a voracious reader at their age and how I dreamt that one day I too would write a thriller. I tried to make the talk interesting by interspersing it with with some apt quotations, like:-
2 thoughts on “My Talk At Trio World School”
It was very kind of you sir, to have spared your valuable time, to visit our school and interact with our students. They all gained a lot from your wisdom.
Thank you very much Mr.Prem Rao, it is a pleasure that you visited our school and our students really enjoyed it. Wish you all the best for more writings…..