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Boy: (sings) A-B-C-D-E-F-G, H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O-P, L-M-N-O-P-Q-R-S-T, U-V-W-X-Y-Z.
Rohan: My granny’s going to be here any minute. I have a big surprise for her.
Yes, Grandma, I’m standing right outside.
Go have a look at the books and I’ll get us a table and order some coffee.
(reads aloud) ‘Once upon a time there were four little rabbits, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter. They lived with their mother in a sandbank, underneath the root of a big fir tree. “Now my dears,” said old Mrs Rabbit one morning, “you may go into the fields or down the lane, but don't go into Mr McGregor's garden.”’ Dadi, this is the book I’ve made you read every night for the longest time. ‘Around the end of the cucumber frame, whom should he meet but Mr McGregor! Mr McGregor was on his hands and knees planting out young cabbages, but he jumped out and ran after Peter, waving a rake and calling out …’
Grandma: ‘Stop thief!’
Rohan: Ha ha!
Grandma: Peter was so dreadfully frightened he rushed all around the garden. He had lost one of his shoes in the cabbages …
Rohan: … and the other one in the potatoes! She introduced me to the joy of reading. Thank you, Dadi. It’s thanks to you that I’ve experienced this magical world of books.
Boy: (sings) L-M-N-O-P-Q-R-S-T, U-V-W-X-Y-Z. X-Y-Z, butter on your bread, if you don’t like it, go to bed.
Dea: Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? (speaks own language) Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
Sharad: Thank you, Dada, for the first set of Harry Potter books you gave me.
Deepak: (reads aloud) ‘You’ll be a man, my son.’ ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling. Thank you Mr Vienna for introducing me to the magical world of books.
Sreedhar: Thank you, Ashok, for all the Tom Chops and the Modesty Blaises.
Yuki: Hi, Dad, and thank you for introducing me to the book ‘The Art of Seeing Sideways’.
Ishan: Thank you, Dupsi Masi, for introducing me to the magical world of Peter Pan.
Anasuya: Thank you, Dalabai, for introducing me to the craziness of Asterix.
Arjun: Thank you, Baba, for introducing me to Tintin.
Shruti: Thank you, Mum, for introducing me to Amar Chitra Katha.
Roshni: Thank you, Mum, for teaching me that if I lie, my nose will grow like the branch of a tree.
Abhivaan: Thank you, Mum, for introducing me to reading and ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’.
Patrick: Thank you, Uncle Josh, for introducing me to the joy of reading.
Boy: Next day morning come to me, I will teach you A-B-C.
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