In the increasing era of urbanization, the number of nuclear families is increasing, but in joint families even today stories are by grandmothers and grandfathers, which not only teach children to win the struggles of life but also inspire them to become ideal citizens. Now the new generation has to narrate these tales and if Indian culture has to be taken forward, then its digitization is necessary. In today's time, it is such a medium that can broadcast it to more people in a very short time. With this thought and determination, Peehu Agarwal of Delhi is compiling stories under her website Suno Story. More than seven thousand children have benefitted from this campaign and more than three hundred stories have been delivered to users with the help of 12 schools.
Peehu has recently passed her 12th class. She started this project when she was in 10th.
Peehu said that in her early childhood, she also used to hear stories from her grandmother and grandfather. She said that a thought crossed her mind that there are many children who do not have grandfather or grandmother around them. So who would tell them stories? This work started with taking these stories to such children and other people. When she shared this idea with her father, he helped realize this idea. Peehu adds that there was a time when sitting in the laps of their grandparents, they used to go through a world of tales. But as times changed, families became smaller, the struggle to earn a livelihood and work left the grandparents world behind. In these modern days there was no big tree in the courtyard of the house, sitting under the shade of which, children used to get lost in the fictional world of tales, fairy tales, nor was there time for the children. In such a situation, she adds it became important to save the heritage, which we have got from our ancestors. With this purpose, a website named Suno Story was set up. It has more than three hundred stories. Most of the stories are in Hindi., though some in English and some south Indian languages add to the flavour.
Peehu Aggarwal explains that residents of any state of the country can convey their story on Suno Story. She suggests people to have a story of at least two minutes. Users need to upload it. Then a have a team of seven of her friends listen closely to these stories. Also, if something needs to be added to it, then efforts are made to add it. Corrections are made to make it easier for other people to understand.
Festival special initiatives
Every day some festival is celebrated in India. Some festivals are such that they are celebrated on the same day, but they have different names. Also, the way of celebrating them is also different. In such a situation, she takes special initiatives for the ways of celebrating Deepawali and Navratri, asking people how these festivals are celebrated in their state or region. When all these things come on one platform, people get a chance to understand and connect with the culture of other states across the country.