My father had been a member of the British Council library for a long time. I took to reading like a duck taking to water, maybe because both my parents were avid readers, or maybe because I, being the only child, felt bored at times and books took me to all sorts of worlds of imagination. I must have been seven or eight years old when my father first brought me to the British Council library. The moment I stepped in, I was immediately fascinated by the number and variety of books in the library. From that day onwards hardly a week passed by without me coming to the library to borrow new books! I felt it as a nice, neat and welcoming place.
In the beginning, I came to the library mainly to borrow and read books. However, during the last couple of years, the British Council arranged lots of workshops, summer camps, special events, etc. I enjoyed taking part in them and encouraged my friends to take part too.
My father was invited as a special guest when the British Council library was relaunched last year and I came with him for the event. I was excited to learn of the range of activities planned by the library with the tagline ‘It all Happens here’. The event was well organised and I enjoyed being there. Being a drama person myself I thoroughly enjoyed the drama presented.
I had just turned 11 when I won in the category 11 – 17 years of the Summer Reading Challenge. Probably this gave me the needed push to take to writing. Since then I have also become a young reporter for a famous children’s magazine issued with a national newspaper.