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A Charming Guide to Storytelling

January 27, 2023 | By

Ramendra Kumar reviews Nupur Aggarwal’s book Storytelling Made Easy. The book explores the art, craft and science of storytelling and also has a collection of folk tales.

Storytelling Made Easy

Nupur Aggarwal with Storytelling Made Easy

Storytelling Made Easy by Nupur Aggarwal is a delightful book which lives up to its title perfectly. It takes the reader on an engaging journey traversing the art, craft and science of storytelling.

Right in the earlier sections of the book itself Nupur gives the overview and the basics of storytelling and goes on to elaborate on the toolkit of a storyteller.

As a writer, though I only tell tales written by me, I found the section where Nupur discusses the fundamentals very useful. These include guidelines on how to open and close a story, working on story delivery, preparing the body for storytelling, keeping the environment free from distractions et al.

In the next segment she writes, “While telling a story, it is important for you to pack away your inhibitions. Allow yourself to act silly and explore your funny side…” Touche!

The main section of the book has 12 delectable folk tales (my favourites being – ‘The Child with a Long Name’ & the ‘Stone Soup’) with tips on how to perform them.

Nupur has done an awesome job and I believe her advice would be useful both for a dilettante as well as a virtuoso.

The book has been beautifully illustrated by Radheshyam Rout.

Nupur is a Nutritionist by education and a storyteller by passion. She performs personal tales and folktales and charms the audience in a number of surprising ways. She has delighted children and adults across age groups in lit fests, conferences, schools and libraries in India and abroad.

Publisher : Pitambar Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd
No. of pages : 168
Price : Rs. 695/
Available on : Amazon

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Ramendra Kumar (Ramen) is an award-winning writer, performance storyteller and inspirational speaker with 49 books. His writings have been translated into 32 languages and included in 26 textbooks and many anthologies in various countries. Ramen has written across all genres ranging from picture books to adult fiction, satire, poetry, travelogues, biographies and on issues related to parenting and relationships. His writings have been published by the major publishing houses in India. His books brought out by National Book Trust (NBT), India have notched up sales of more than 4.9 lakh copies in just one year. Ramen has been invited to several international literary festivals as well as Indian events such as Jaipur Litfest and seminars organised by Sahitya Akademi and IGNOU. The author has won a total of 41 awards in the competition for writers of children’s literature organised by Children’s Book Trust (CBT) over the years, which is among the highest by any writer. Ramen was chosen as the ‘Author and Storyteller of the Year’ (2022), on ‘Talking Stories’, London, UK’s number one Radio Programme dedicated to the art of storytelling. He was nominated as a Jury Member for the Best Children’s Author Category of The Times of India’s ‘Women AutHer’ Awards, 2020. Ramen was also selected as a mentor for the Scholastic Writers Academy. An alumnus of the prestigious Hyderabad Public School (HPS), Ramen is an Engineer & an MBA. He and his inspiration, his wife Madhavi, were General Managers at SAIL, when they took Voluntary Retirement to pursue their respective passions. Their children are bonsai celebrities in their own right. While Ankita is a youth icon and a travel blogger with an Instagram following of 296 K, Aniket creates cool Apps and designs covers for his dad’s books. Ramen is now a Cancer warrior and an inspiration to many. His website is www.ramendra.in and he has a page devoted to him on Wikipedia.
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