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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Have faith in yourself, Uncle Pai tells children

The man behind Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle was in the town on Tuesday to celebrate the Children’s Day with his little admirers. Fondly called ‘Uncle Pai,’ Anant Pai presented himself as a perfect friend to his little peers at an interactive session, cracking jokes and telling stories, yet maintaining a sweet fatherly figure who had bags full of nice words for the young world.

The children listened to him in rapt attention, clapping and clamouring for more. And Pai did not disappoint them. He had won over the kids hundred times over. So much so that one wanted to know, ‘‘Why don’t they call you ‘Mama Pai.’

In his perfect inimitable style, Pai called upon the children to believe in themselves to be successful in life. Parents should also encourage their wards in realising this.

When asked why he took to writing comics, he said, stories narrated through pictures have a lasting impact on the children. It gives a dose of fun and also helps children value the pleasure of writing and reading books. And when a four-year-old sought to know ‘‘if children should watch serials, he asked him,’ Are they telling you good things?’’

Anant Pai is currently engaged in producing animation series of his characters. And like always, he is devoting a good deal of time imparting personality development programmes.

The function was organised by Rotary Club of Bhubaneswar and was attended by several Rotarians, schoolteachers and parents.

The Children’s Day celebrated by Shanta Memorial Rehabilitation Centre was a special one.

It provided lip-smacking delicacies free of cost in the fair which was organised to integrate the children with disabilities with the mainstream. About 350 children participated in the competitions.

While the differently-abled took centrestage to perform, others played the role of enthusiastic audience. It created a kind of magic.

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