Bhubaneswar: In the words of Roman philosopher Marcus Cicero, ‘If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need!’
Books have always been our best and selfless companions and reading is a golden habit, said noted Odia actress Meghna Mishra during a conversation with OMMCOM NEWS on Tuesday.
Meghna was delighted after her daughter, Achelle Nidhi Mohanty, a talented 8-year-old girl made it to the India Book of Records.
Achelle, a student of Std III, has penned a book – ‘The Pandemic: Through the Eyes of an 8-year-old’, which documents the experiences of a child during the never-seen-before crisis the world has just witnessed.
Covid-19 disturbed our daily chores and affected individuals in different ways. Achelle’s book reflects the situation, what led to it, how humankind weathered the storm, how we managed to and are still struggling to emerge out of the crisis – all in a nutshell.
“Adults had their own way of handling the situation but what about kids? When mobiles and television became a way of life for the kids, parents could do little. Kids have a different world of their own. They interpret all situations from their own perspective and they also adapt themselves to the changes,” said Meghna.
“I was also afflicted by coronavirus and was in isolation. During this period, I enrolled into an online writing workshop which drove me towards writing a book. Once my book was published, Achelle was quite motivated to pen one by her,” she added.
She was never so inclined to literature but Meghna respected and encouraged her passion to write. And within a period of barely 45 days, the talented little girl’s book was ready.
Meghna went through the piece and was surprised at the precision with which her daughter penned the piece. “All I did was give a final touch by segregating the write-up into chapters and make a few edits.”
The jubilant mother approached a publishing house that readily agreed to publish Achelle’s book which is also available on Amazon. “It was my mentor who once said on a lighter note that Achelle is capable of creating a record. It feels really good today she has actually made it to the India Book of Records.”
On Tuesday, Achelle received a citation, medal and a few more goodies in recognition of her extraordinary achievement. “It is a moment of pride and joy, not only for me or Achelle. I feel it is an achievement for any little girl who nurtures dreams and puts in efforts to live those,” Meghna addeḍ during the interview with this portal.
COVID has made us learn life a little better, respect it a little more and live moments to the fullest. How does an 8-year-old interpret this jargon ‘Pandemic’ – Read Achelle’s book and explore the good and bad sides of COVID-19 through the eyes of an 8-year-old!