My handbag is always among the largest of its company. No, before you pass judgment, it isn’t because of an overstuffed vanity-kit. Well, not entirely. I am always scared of the vehicle stopping midway due to a heated up engine or a punctured tyre and being lost on a boring highway with nothing to read.
All the feel-good advice on spending time with your thoughts is very well till a point. But beyond, I absolutely must have a book to drown myself in and tune out perspiration, frustration and hassled phone calls about deadlines and meetings. Given this frame of mind, I was enthralled when I found out about The Dolch Project.
The initiative of Bodhisatwa Dasgupta, a copywriter with Grey Worldwide, the Dolch Project takes on from the Dolch word list that Edward Dolch had crafted after exhaustive research, way back in 1938. Lost in our world of books, we often miss out on how there are several children who have nothing they can read, no castles, animals and butterflies they can run after in print. What could be more wonderful than a compilation of stories exclusively designed for such kids, written with the 220 words that they fully understand? Inviting stories written using words from the Dolch list, the project aims to let children with learning disabilities enjoy the exuberant time that childhood is.
P&P decided to send in the little tale of Mitali and Kitty the cat, which is now up on the project’s Facebook page. Have you ever dropped by Kitty House? Well, they would love it if you went in to say hello.
And they, along with a lot of children, will be thrilled if you leave behind stories of your own.
If you are interested in penning a tale for The Dolch Project, do drop a message with your story at their Facebook page here.