Stories with a moral have regaled children and adults alike and especially the children if the animal kingdom comes alive! The author’s early morning excursions in nature inspired the storytelling as also the need to conserve our wonderful natural habitats through stories like “The Woodcutter and The Fisherman”. Such stories are an attempt to encourage the children to bond with nature.Honesty, peaceful coexistence and hard work are virtues when imbibed and cultivated at a young age go a long way in moulding a child into a person of strength and character. Stories such as “Toto the weasel” bring home a lesson of equality among our brethren.The illustrations by the author himself will help in capturing the imagination of the readers.
Viraj, a twelve-year-old, is a budding enthusiast when it comes to penning down his experiences of a holiday or a story that drifts into his mind on a lazy Sunday afternoon. His enthusiasm for mountain biking is what takes him close to nature and that’s where the stories spring up from!But it all started with his love for fountain pens, which, of course, was encouraged by his parents hoping to foster more passion for reading and writing in return!As varied and colourful as his stories are his likings. For his fondness for multimedia art, he took to playing the Tabla at the age of four and an exhibit of which was telecast and also made news in the local daily! These passions give him a different and refreshing take on life amidst the mad rush of project completion and exams!He also has a keen interest in foreign languages besides bagging several awards for sports, language and science over the years!