Explore the world from your couch as you read stories of freedom from lockdown boredom and ways to express oneself. Read the story of Mahi and his feathery friend or Lily in her world of cardboard creations. Find new hobbies and make a new learning during the lockdown. You can write your own story as you are taken on an adventure by this book so that boredom strikes you no more. Enjoy and remember to live and laugh in the lockdown; psst, learn too.
Targeted Age Group:: 6-16
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This collection of stories started as one short story inspired by a social media post on human kindness but over time it has grown into a collection of 12 stories where Ronit captures the life experiences of children across the globe during this lockdown, through his imagination. These are stories about kids who have taken the adversities of the global pandemic in their stride and gone on to create something positive even in these difficult times.
Patrick and Pam from Pasadena
Pasadena, USA. 27th March
The trailer, attached to the back of a classy car, trundled along the road. In that car sat the heroes of this adventure, Patrick and Pam, who hail from Pasadena. The two are twins and are both constantly fighting over their favourite books, as both of them are super huge bookworms. The outbreak of the Coronavirus has led to the twins and their mother all moving to a house in the countryside previously owned by their great-grandfather. Father had to stay behind and run their medical equipment factory, as it is getting bulk-ordered by hospitals and individuals. The trailer held the important stuff like cleaning fluids, spare lightbulbs, their clothes, and, of course, books. The car held, as you know, Pam, Patrick, and their mother Penelope.
The car pulled to a halt outside a double-storeyed house that looked like it hadn’t been touched in years, because it hadn’t. They quickly unpacked and each got assigned a bedroom. For once, Patrick and Pam got separate bedrooms. They got two bedrooms next to each other on the second floor, while their mother’s room was across the hallway. Both of them started setting up their rooms as soon as they finished carrying their clothes and books upstairs. Patrick finished in an hour and stepped back to admire his handiwork. He went to check on Pam, knowing full well she would be lying on the bed, reading a book. But, she was trying to jump from her bed to reach a spot on the ceiling. “Hey, Pam,” Patrick said and looked up to the same spot Pam was trying to reach. There was a trapdoor in the ceiling. Patrick, who was taller, walked towards the chair and stood on it to open the trapdoor while Pam made a beeline for the flashlight. Just then, someone knocked on the door. Penelope, or Mom, as they called her, poked her head into the door. “Hey guys, it’s seven o’clock. Time for dinner. And, let’s call it an early night tonight. Lots to do tomorrow.” she said. “Okay Mom,” Pam said. They both begrudgingly washed up and went down for dinner. They chatted about all the stuff that needed to be done in the house to make it liveable. “Good night! We’ll explore tomorrow,” Patrick said. “Deal,” Pam replied.
Pasadena, USA 28th March
Next morning, after breakfast, they had to clean up the remaining parts of the house, and so exploration was put off till three o’clock. At three, they opened the trapdoor and grabbed a flashlight each.
Patrick went first, and then Pam. They stepped into the room above and both of them stumbled. Pam shone her torch on the wire strewn on the floor. Patrick followed the wires and found the switchboard. He fixed the plug and then switched on the lights, and started exploring. Soon the passage widened out into a large hemispherical room. There were two telescopes looking out of shut and shuttered windows. Both of them were on stands that had wheels on the bottom so they could be moved at will. In the middle of the room was a table with a neat stack of file-boxes. Plastered to the wall were all kinds of charts. Pam pulled back one of the telescopes while Patrick flicked open the window shutters. Then he walked towards the table and flipped through some of the boxes. They contained books about constellations and star alignments and more gibberish that Patrick didn’t understand. Pam polished the lens of the telescope with her t-shirt sleeve and peered through it. Then, she pulled up a chair and sat at the table with Patrick. They spent four hours trying to make head or tail of the papers using Google searches and even downloading the app “Star-Maps” on their phones. They eventually climbed down and decided to come back up at night when the stars were out.
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Ronit Mitra is a ten-year-old boy having lived in London and Mumbai, and currently studying in Podar International School, who loves books, and can read for the whole day. He loves reading mystery, adventure, mythology and graphic novels. He also enjoys cricket, skating, programming, travelling and writing. He writes regularly on his blog – www.ronitreviews.com.