Partridge India Author| Shweta Upadhyay, Petals of Childhood: Smiling Gems
Partridge India introduces Shweta Upadhyay, author of Petals of Childhood: Smiling Gems.
Please briefly describe your book.
My book Petals of Childhood: Smiling Gems is a fable of children practicing true leadership qualities, compassion and comradery. Children learning and mellowing in different landscapes, working in collaboration with adults and benefiting other deserving children by providing them a platform that opens the gates of recognition for them.
A girl, Sona, studying in one of the best schools of the city, living in her imaginative world steps out to lend a helping hand to an unknown boy, Pawan who served in a café. Sona along with her family members make every possible effort in providing him a better learning environment. Pawan, an avid learner, accepts this help as an opportunity to learn and excel. Pawan, a natural cartographer, becomes an integral part of the Family who encouraged, loved and supported him unconditionally. Gratitude makes him a dazzling gem.
Imagination is the soul of creativity. The imaginative world of children is bountiful, mesmerizing and magnificent. It encourages young minds to think out of the box, experiment with the lessons learned inside four walls fearlessly but wisely, and interpret the results as per their standards. There is no marketing scheme for that. Children, need a motivating and enriched environment that serves as the right mold for them. Family and School is the mold that governs their growth factor. True leadership qualities are practiced by children, they accept others as they are, with their limitations, without judging them and acting accordingly.
The book reflects the unaltered feelings a child has, towards other children who are not considered to be privileged. It is a narration of a girl’s inner voice practicing self-erudition watching mundane activities, practicing true principles of management and leadership and keeping her curiosity and imagination intact in her wondrous imaginative world
Who is the author behind the book?
I, Shweta Upadhyay, am an NLP coach, Educational learning partners with International Institute of Teachers training program, Director Kids Krishna Public School Utai Bhilai and founder of Zruta educom, spent more than a decade in education industry. After completing my postgraduate degree in Environment Management from Vikram University, Ujjain, India I continued to work in the field of education.
After spending a few years in International Indian School, AL Jubail KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) my quest for learning about children took a U-turn. I began to scribble my experiences. Expressing children’s novelties made me a storyteller. I began to connect effortlessly with kids and children of all age groups. I began to venture into their world through their lucid yet pristine imagination. Having a word with them every day, brought me close to their world and I acknowledged that they actually practice the qualities, elders just talk about and verbalize.
Which influences have inspired you, with regard to your writing style and your book itself?
The Educator, mother and the child that nestles within me inspired me to scribble a tale. The Imaginative world that actually makes us creative exists in its most primitive form only in one phase of life that is childhood. An apt world beyond apps.
Storytellers have always fascinated me and I assume a spell bound tale enables us to locate ourselves in the world of that tale. This very simple idea of story narration always motivated me to pen down an anecdote that resonates with readers’ imaginative yet virtual world.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers about your book?
Let us look at this world from that child’s viewpoint who lives within you. Outer world would synchronize with the inner world and would reflect joy and positivity.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
I am expecting my book to be a part of International Book Fairs. Apart from this I would be doing some promotional events on social media and then in some cities of India.
What was your favourite part of your publishing experience?
What did you think of your Partridge experience?
Great. It was a memorable period, where publishing experience became another part of my journey and Partridge publishing house walked beside hand in hand.