Raising culturally aware children in the North American continent can be challenging at times. Finding content available catering to this need is equally challenging. Journalist and TV Producer Diksha Pal Narayan began to explore the idea of ‘creating’ the desired content when she was unable to find the content she was looking for.
Diksha’s latest book, No No Nana marks her entry into the world of chapter books. A collection of four short stories gives a peak into the lives of South Asian Canadian children.
What do you hope children will learn from the No No Nana collection of stories? There seems to be a different theme with each story.
Some immigrants go back to visit our families in our respective countries of origin during summer break. I had a child tell me that all of his friends went to different places like Cuba or Disneyland while he had to ALWAYS go back to his mother’s home in India. I understood the frustration of the child and his desire to explore new places, and on the other hand, I understood the mother’s longing to go see her family.
From this new series, I wanted to make the immigrant ‘normal’ a normal for children. I hope that children see there are characters like them doing things like them with my stories. Hopefully, they can have fun adventures like the characters in my books.
No No Nana was launched on 6th July by Milton Mayor Mr Gordon Krantz and Citizen and Multiculturalism Minister and MPP of Milton Mr. Parm Gill.
Diksha’s 3rd book Ved and Friends Investigate Your Family is an activity book ensuring children bring out their inner detectives and try to know more about their family. This activity book hopes to be a bonding exercise for the entire family. The children (or adults) try and trace their roots with the help of their elders. While doing so, the children get a glimpse of their parents’ and grandparents’ lives and create new memories with them in the process.
Diksha’s second book Ved’s Little Book on Devotion is a lovely picture book for younger children to understand the basic elements of Hinduism.
Diksha started ‘The Ved and Friends Series’ to give voice to South Asian Culture in North America with fun short stories where Ved and his friends experience the rich and vibrant South Asian festivals. Diksha’s experience working in the Canadian media, helped her come up with a tailor-made experience for both children and their parents.
Ved and Friends Celebrate Dussehra and Diwali is her first book in the series, which was launched by the Consul General of India, Toronto Mr. Dinesh Bhatia. Ved’s Little Book on Devotion was launched by Milton MP Mr. Parm Gill