The Conversation Corner #1
Before he could properly hold a book, Adhyaan Alva was into stories. When he was a toddler, he would curl up with his mom or dad and pester to them read to him. At six, he doesn’t need to ask anyone. He grabs a book and curls up on his beanbag to read fairy tales, the Horrid Henry series and, recently, Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’. Reading is Adhyaan’s pet activity but he also enjoys playing with toys, writing very short stories, and getting daily lessons on his mother tongue Tulu from his grandad. Plus, he’s an apprentice magician. His favourite trick is to pull a wand from behind his mom’s head. He says he wants to be better at hiding the wand when he puts it there.
Here’s an extract from a quick chat Sue Donym had with the little reader-
Q: If you could meet one of the characters from the books you’ve read, who would you want to meet?
A: None of them are real! But if they could be brought to life, Princess Celestia, the princess of the Sun from My Little Pony, because she has cool powers that banished her evil sister far away!
Q: If you were writing a book for your friends, what would it be on?
A: It would be about them! Maybe a picnic or a treasure hunt and I would write it in two pages in my ‘My Little Pony’ notebook.
Q: What do you do when you read a word you don’t understand?
A: I try reading it myself but if I still don’t get it, I ask my parents. One time I read a very big word without asking for their help - ‘scampered’ in Alice in Wonderland and my dad was very surprised!
Q: What’s the most fun book you’ve read?
A: A safari book! When I turned the pages, you could see the Cheetah moving!
Q: What are you doing to have fun in quarantine?
A: For school, we have self-read books. I read them without my parents’ help. If I find something difficult, I ask my teacher. Also, in my classes with my grandad, sometimes I become a policeman. I tell him he has to tell Mom to put on some YouTube videos on for me. I say to him, ‘If you don’t, I’ll give you a ticket. People are very scared of the ticket!’