As the world adjusts to a new routine thanks to the lockdown enforced by the spread of the Coronavirus, there have been new ways to keep children busy and occupied. Since they can’t go on playdates and other activities, cyber space has come up with creative ways to keep the kids engaged. And one such way is – the humble children’s story. And Bollywood actresses are chipping in.
Dia Mirza, Artist Ambassador, Save the Children, and Soha Ali Khan joined Hollywood celebrities Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams on social media in telling the world their favourite children’s story through #SaveWithStories. Other Bollywood celebrities are soon catching up in support of the child rights organisation that works for the most vulnerable children and marginalized communities, to bring some levity during the ongoing national lockdown, as experts extol the importance of regular routines for children.
In a post on Instagram, Dia Mirza, who read a Shel Siverstein story called The Giving Tree, wrote, “While our kids will stay safely in our home, many children who live on the fringes of society without shelter or protection, leaving them more vulnerable and exposed than ever. The story I have chosen is dedicated to those children across the world. We can HELP children in India now by supporting @savethechildren_india @savewithstories who will continue to reach children at risk of disease and infection through their programmes. It’s simple, #SavewithStories – grab a tale for kids that inspired you when you were young or a story you discovered as i did looking for good books to share with children, put out a book reading video on a post or a story and ask your friends to #SlowTheCurve by donating at www.savethechildren.in/savewithstories
I nominate @sakpataudi @nehadhupia @varundvn @bipashabasu @gulpanag @karanjohar to pick up and read their favourite story for children #StayHomeStaySafe”.
Soha Ali Khan in turn tagged five other celebrities to host the storytelling session in support of Children living on the fringes of society. With the lockdown affecting stars just as much of the rest of the population, film and television artistes are joining the viral moment in harmony. The Children’s story trend is also reaching beyond the usual celebrity circles, with media personalities adding their name to the list of storytellers.