“It is important to instill best human qualities among kids from childhood”: Josnalepe, writer
Dr. Josnalepe has different identities- a journalist, a researcher, a litterateur and a documentary maker. She is working as Assistant Editor of Press Institute (PIB). She has achieved acclamation for her creative works for kids. She talks about her work, publication, future plan and the importance of children's literature for their development with The Daily Observer.
Why do you write for children?
Josnalepe: First of all, I love to write for children. My writing helps me to travel back to my own childhood. Secondly, though children's literature is a well established genre, there are few quality works. Actually, exploring the connection and compatibility of child's psychology is my main concern.
How important is having an orientation with literature and creative genre from childhood?
Josnalepe: Well, childhood is a crucial part of human life. A child's development has a lot to do with family background, surroundings and other creative genres. Even books and stories of different languages can make them a good human being. Initially parents have some vital roles to play. Parents should narrate bedtime stories to them. Nevertheless, school can play a vital role; teachers should encourage them to read other books apart from the academic books. Childhood is the perfect time to flourish their creativity and orient them with good habits.
So how did you start writing? How many of your works have been published so far?
Josnalepe: In my childhood whenever I got the chance I used to read books and listen to stories from the elders. Whenever my imagination kicked in, I jotted it down in the form of a story. And that's why I have studied literature and have done my Doctorate in short stories. Ten of my books have been published.
What is the plan for upcoming bookfair?
Josnalepe: Till now there's plan for publishing two books for children, one for teens. There's also a plan for publishing a short story book.
Tell us about the documentaries that you have directed.
Josnalepe: I have made four documentaries. Among them, Ghurnayoman jolocchobi chaka othoba pretocchaya is related to Sidr, Jolojibon is related to the lifestyle of Manta community, Kisholoykotha is related to the story of school dropout children and Pathore Kusum is related to the story of children labourers. Ghurnayoman jolocchobi chaka othoba pretocchaya and Jolojibon have aired on RTV and been presented in many exhibitions.
Tell us some messages you have provided in your stories.
Ans: All my works has different morals and massages. My imaginary stories will help children to travel in their own imaginary world. They will discover the story through their own imaginations. Some stories will teach them humanity. On the other hand, some stories will help them to cultivate feelings, broaden their perspectives. And, fairytales will help them to travel in their own fairyland. Actually, my core purpose was to habituate them with reading books and help them to become a better human. It is important to instill best human qualities among kids from childhood and reading books can play a crucial role here.
Message for novice writers..
Ans: I will suggest the novice writers to have proper knowledge before producing any creative works. And the knowledge will come from reading more and more books. However If you want to write for children then you must have good knowledge of child psychology. Also remember that uniquness is inevitable.
Ans: Actually there is no such inspiration. Writing comes to me naturally. I learnt from my parents that when I was young I told them that one day I will be a poet. Though I am not a poet, I write from my childhood. I wrote a short story "Pata" when I was at school. Sometimes I get ideas from my dreams as well!
Do you think we have enough literary resources for our children?
Ans: Children Literature is a flourished genre. But the quality literatures are few in numbers. I think enough reaserch is needed in this area, especially among the contemporary writers. Also, the lack of appriciation for good works has made this genre neglected. The people who are involved in this Genre should present them internationally. And before familiaraizing they must connect themselves with different traditioal literature. The root should be strong. That is why there is no alternative to reading more and more books.
The interviewer is with the Daily Observer