Sudha Murty interacting with children / Photo: Madhuraj
Thiruvananthapuram: Author and philanthropist Sudha Murty on Thursday officially inaugurated ‘Kids Corner’, a space exclusively for the little ones, at the Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters (MBIFL) in Kanakakkunnu Palace ground, here.
Inaugurating the Kids Corner, Sudha Murty wrote the Malayalam alphabet ‘Ka’ on a plate of rice and said she always felt relieved and emptied after writing stories for children.
“People often ask me why I write for children, the answer is it's because I love them. For writing, one requires a sensitive mind and observation,” she said.
When asked about any advice for kids, who wish to pursue writing, Murty said, “Please read more in both Malayalam and English. Don’t be in a hurry to write. You will learn new ways to write and never be in a hurry to publish your writings.”
“After writing your work, keep it for some time, read it again and polish it further. Whatever your position be, everything requires polishing,” she added.
The event also witnessed vibrant questions from the attendees, which mainly comprised school students, who formed a lion’s share of the audience.
The fourth edition of MBIFL sets the stage for enriching discussions and talks by literary icons and stalwarts from various fields including art, media and films.
The four-day festival, which features around 400 speakers, including Nobel Laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah, Booker International Prize winners Shehan Karunatilaka and Jokha Alharthi among others, is being held on February 2, 3, 4 and 5 at Kanakakunnu Palace.