Nathi Nonsense collaborated with the Ahmedabad chapter of Sister Library fundraiser. What did we do there? Well, we conducted a Zine making workshop with two lovely ladies, Prarthana Dixit, and Prarthana Shah who are freelance artists and alumni of Srishti Design school in Bangalore.
To our surprise (a delightful one, that is), a mother-son duo flew down from Mumbai to attend this workshop. The mother- a lady who spoke English, Hindi, and German and goes by the name Varsha Rodewald came with the son, Vidu Rodewald, a ten-year-old, unapologetic, opinionated, well-read young adult who knew what he wants. He had confidence that could give any confused millennial a run for their money.
The surprise doesn’t end there. When asked to choose a topic, he conveniently and innocently went for justice for kids– sounded like a first world problem, but all the participants got curious. Varsha, the mother made a lovely zine on home and other elements decorated with German and English script, almost calligraphical. In the home she made, there was hope written behind one of the windows. When we asked Vidu how he liked Varsha’s zine, he exclaimed and pointed out that it is factually incorrect.
“Well, why do you think its wrong?”
“She has written hope inside the home”
“Your point being…?”
“There’s no hope in home”
We all let that go in kiddish laughter. Varsha told us that he wants to become a writer when he’s all grown up. Nathi Nonsense is always there for artists looking for a platform. If we cannot accommodate a 10-year-old with mature articulation and traits of a perfect activist, what are we?
So here goes, Justice for kids by Vidu Rodewald.
I feel that children’s opinions are heavily underrated.
It is proven that children are much more creative and they could bring many unique ideas to the table. In my opinion, younger children are mostly overshadowed by their older siblings, especially teenagers. I think that people feel kids’ opinions are not useful and a complete joke.
Adults tend to not think deeply of the ideas suggested.
I have had many experiences like that throughout my eight to ten years, and will still probably have more. Sure children still love their parents, but in this situation that’s just frosting on the cupcake. The actual cupcake is just sadness and pain, or what it feels to be ignored. It can be really sad and at some points, chances are it could lower your self-esteem.
I love contributing to perspective talking, but I can’t most of the time. Children are a really good source of entertainment. At the end of the day, when you are talking with your older daughter or son your younger one could make you laugh.
Sometimes younger ones could be thinking that their mom/dad is playing favorites.
But opinions are just one slice of toast. A lot of things can annoy kids who are about to go to their teens. Sometimes, because of work, parents don’t even SOCIALIZE with their kids.
But anyways that is just my personal opinion,
And I think at the end of the day, we love our parents…
- Parents could set times to hang out with their children
- Be fair with BOTH their children (or more)
Vidu R, all of ten
Excerpts from the Zine Mr.Rodewald made:
We couldn’t let him go without a picture, I mean he has perfect qualities of someone who is going to make a dent in how the world functions.
Waiting for more pieces from Writer Vidu,
Manas and the entire team at Nathi Nonsense