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International Mother Tongue Day: Translate a little, Read a lot

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Bengaluru: “Every child should have access to good quality reading material in their own language.” And this was what Pratham Books’ Weave-a-Story campaign, set out to do in the genre of children’s stories on Sunday, which is also the International Mother Tongue Day.

The aforementioned quotation is taken from the words said by Suzanne Singh, who is the chairperson of the organization. Pratham Books started their journey around 11 years ago to introduce to the children from government schools, the joy of quality reading.

Pratham, which publishes in about 18 languages, launched StoryWeaver to provide the children with the opportunity to read, create, translate or download from the online platform.

Yamini Singh, from the department of Pratham Books, commented that the campaign wants more and more people to translate the plethora of stories in as many languages as possible. And until now the stories have been translated 113 times and in which 91 were in Indian languages like Mundari, Konkani, etc.

Purvi Shah, the Digital Projects division head told that over 2,000 stories were translated by the community. Adding that World Konkani Centre took up the Konkani segments while the volunteers from Sanskrit Bharati took up the Sanskrit ones.

Pratham had the desired effect by conducting workshops across the city; aiming to reach every last child. And the desired effect is that even educators are now using the contents.

To expand more, Pratham aspire to collaborate with other organizations in the near future to spread more literacy among the children.

They had already linked up with platforms like African Storybook Project, Bloom Library, and Worldread.(Inputs from agencies)

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International Book Fair, Indian Authors Are Set To Take The Stage at Abu Dhabi

A roster of hand-picked Indian performers will also showcase classical music, traditional dances and Punjabi folk songs.

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Among the Indian authors who will be gracing the ADIBF stage is India's Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Navdeep Suri, who will be launching his book, "Inked in Blood and Spirit of Freedom". Pixabay

Celebrated Indian authors are set to take the stage as the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) opens for its 29th edition from Wednesday, the media reported on Monday.

With India as its guest of honour this year, the ADIBF will be showcasing the richness of the country’s culture, as well as its diversity, throughout the fair’s run from Wednesday to April 30 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the Khaleej Times reported.

Among the Indian authors who will be gracing the ADIBF stage is India’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Navdeep Suri, who will be launching his book, “Inked in Blood and Spirit of Freedom”.

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Also on the list is Abu Dhabi-based writer Deepak Unnikrishnan, who will discuss his book “To Remember, I Invented People” that revolves around the people who raised him. Pixabay

The book serves as the English translation of his grandfather’s famous poem “Khooni Baisakhi”, which was based on how he witnessed the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on April 13, 1919.

Best-selling author Preeti Shenoy is slated to speak about her new book “Wake Up, Life Is Calling”.

Also on the list is Abu Dhabi-based writer Deepak Unnikrishnan, who will discuss his book “To Remember, I Invented People” that revolves around the people who raised him.

Smita Pant, a representative of the Indian Embassy, said: “We are thrilled to be the guest of honour at this year’s Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. This partnership is reflective of the historical ties we enjoy with the Arab world.

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The book serves as the English translation of his grandfather’s famous poem “Khooni Baisakhi”, which was based on how he witnessed the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on April 13, 1919. Pixabay

“We will be bringing a delegation of more than 100 members with us… and India will also have the biggest pavilion at this year’s event.”

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A roster of hand-picked Indian performers will also showcase classical music, traditional dances and Punjabi folk songs.

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Popular pop singer Jasbir Jassi, folk music group Kutle Khan and singer-songwriter Harpreet are just some of the personalities who will be at event. (IANS)