Ramya V
@Ramya · 1:09

#AskAnAuthor - Kunal Roy in Conversation.

His passion for storytelling stems from his experiences with various talents and abilities, driving him to shed light on stories of unappreciated worth, often overlooked in society. And through his book, Kunal has tried to or sought to educate the world on the importance of recognizing the inherent worth in every individual. Hello Kunal, welcome to Swell. Thank you so much for joining in

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Ramya V
@Ramya · 0:29

1. The inspiration behind the book.

What inspired you to write 'The stupid child's first rank effort', and delve into the themes of education, self doubt, and finding one's unique abilities? And also, the very title of the book makes one think. I mean, it's very honest, direct, in your face sort of a title. So I'm curious to know how you came up with this title for your book
Kunal Roy
@TirEzzy · 2:07

@Ramya

Or will she prove her parents and her own worst fears that she is in fact an embarrassingly dull child? So you can see how the title the stupid child's first rank effort would fit here. I won't give away the ending, but I hope it makes an impact on all learners. You people
Swell Team
@Swell · 0:15

Welcome to Swell!

Ramya V
@Ramya · 0:25

2. The interplay of magic, elements of fantasy and real world issues.

Also, magic and mystery play significant roles in the story, particularly with Dhanya's discovery of her mantra chanting ability. What led you to incorporate these somewhat fantastical elements into a narrative which is centered around real world issues like education and self worth?
Kunal Roy
@TirEzzy · 0:58

@Ramya

There is no non theological high fantasy work to the best of my knowledge, with a distinctly indian identity involving mantra magic and indian culture. And I wanted to fill this gap close
Ramya V
@Ramya · 0:20

3. Respecting children's interests and challenging outdated education models.

Your book also touches upon the importance of respecting a child's interests and challenging outdated education systems. Could you elaborate on your thoughts regarding these themes and how they influenced your narrative?
Kunal Roy
@TirEzzy · 0:34

@Ramya

In the book, the main modality of learning is rote learning. The students have to rote the mantras. The more mantras you know, the better your command over your mantra chanting powers. So it's brute force, rote learning. And that method does not work for our main character, Dhanya. You will see in the book how she finds a way, a way that respects her individual strengths. I hope it inspires others as well to find learning methods that play to their own strengths
Ramya V
@Ramya · 1:16

4. A question around the book's core message.

I think I'll leave you with just one more question KUnal but before that, let me thank you for taking the time out and joining me today and talking about your book in the swell community. It's been fascinating getting to know what inspired the book and the whole creative process that went behind the making of your book. So thank you for sharing all of that and your insightful responses have been of so much value to us
Kunal Roy
@TirEzzy · 0:53

@Ramya

I also hope readers thoroughly enjoy the work as a distinctly indian worker, know, like Kung Fu Panda or Harry Potter, I give the main character, Dhanya, a grand legacy to pursue as a powerful mantra chanter in her coming years. It's not the dragon warrior, but she's something even cooler, if I do say so myself. Along with the educational message, I do hope readers also become invested in wanting to know how Dhanya's legacy will pan out