Swati Sarawagi, a resident of Vizag, has launched her first book, “Shivi Visits”, an innovative travel guide for young children. In this book, she covers some important tourist attractions, with some life lessons for children.
Yo! Vizag spoke with this talented writer and discovered the journey that led her to write “Shivi Visits”.
Originally from Calcutta, Ms. Sarawagi’s relationship with Vizag began in 1997 when she married and moved here. Its extracurricular activities center for children, Fun Factory, has a number of programs in place for, by and with children. After earning her MA in Psychology and BA in Education from Andhra University, followed by MA in Education in Singapore, she then continued her studies at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Currently, she runs the Swarnim International School in Kolkata, a K-12 school with a CBSE program that can accommodate 2,500 students.
She reveals that ‘Shivi Visits’ tells about a child’s experience of traveling to different cities across the country. In the first trench, he visits Vizag, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Jaipur. What sets this book apart from other travel guides is that young readers also learn valuable lessons about life. “As a teacher, school principal and head of the territory of the Early Childhood Association, I acquired an in-depth knowledge of child psychology and realized that instead of scolding children, we need to teach them why one thing is good and another is bad. . My journey has helped me understand how a child’s mind works… wait !! – no one can ever tell how a child’s mind works.
Speaking about what led her to write “Shivi Visits,” Ms. Sarawagi shares, “I was inspired to write this book by my experience with my nephew Shivi. This 7 year old is very smart and curious about visiting new places. This book is designed to start conversations and raise awareness. Small elements of everyday life have been incorporated into the illustrations to make them real and relevant to each child. I can imagine mothers reading this aloud as they walk through a city; or at night in bed after a day of experiments. Share and compare Shivi’s day with that of their child.
Each book contains a simple life lesson – something that will help young parents teach their children life skills such as appreciating the gift of vision, the blessing of the daily food on our tables, the acceptance and standardization of. people with disabilities, responsibility, etc.
Finally, she explores the tourist potential of Vizag. “I see a lot of possibilities for tourism in Vizag. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. The city is also very culturally diverse, with people from all walks of life living here in harmony. But surely they can add more activities which will draw more crowds to this beautiful place. On a typical weekend, you always find young children on Beach Road with their families.
You can order Shivi tours here.