The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword
I offer my sincerest apologies for not knowing who said that. Anyway, I came home after the workshop at 5 in the evening, due to a comedy of errors for which I was largely responsible, but apart from that, the workshop was one of the most enriching ‘meeting of minds’ that I have ever been to. We did have a funny feeling when we were informed about the Writer's Workshop but we were proved wrong when the actual event took place.It started at about 1.45 p.m.with the introduction of Jagrithi Ma'am.She introduced all the three authors which was very impressive.
Daveed, my class mate gave his understanding and opinion of the short story written by Mrs.Anuradha Nalapat.He was quite frank with his critical opinion and I think that is what Literature is about.Sanaa Bano of Grade 10 IG, gave her bit about Ms.Christina Daniel's short story which was in detail and then came the crisp presentation of Asha of Grade 11.
We were then divided into three groups moderated by the writers and we analysed the story.I was part of the group that was analyzing the premier chapter of Kite Strings, a novel by Andaleeb Wajid and also the one responsible for her fame. Pondering over the plethora of hidden meanings and themes in the excerpt was like playing one of those games around teatime. Everyone had something to say; some opinions were serious while others were a welcome laugh from them. Needless to say, the latter opinions occurred more. Having Nandini ma’am moderate the session along with the author added a bit of her traditional touch to the proceedings; we had to find an adjective beginning with the first letter of our name.
We came up with a long list of these, and laughed as each person coined their sobriquet. And then began the serious analysis. We all had to pick our favorite aspect of the story, followed by grouping up and taking care of different aspects of any piece of literature; setting, plot, themes, vocabulary, etc. Then was the general discussion, with everyone having something to say. We were then asked to read the story thoroughly and pick out things that we could see in the story that others couldn’t. That done, we began a long but friendly interrogation of the author, and Nandini ma’am rounded it off by asking the author if our analyses were correct and she said yes, they were. The ceremony was formally concluded by Ms. Pritam Benjamin, former Principal and the Educational Consultant.She gave a beautiful touch to this great literary event in her own style.Nihaal Aarons then gave a short vote of thanks and a token of appreciation and gratitude was presented to the guest speakers. All in all, it was an event which will not be forgotten by senior school in the years to come.
By Aditya Chandrashekhar