I am an early childhood educator by profession and writing has been my main interest in life. Being with children, talking and listening to them, being born in a culture rich in narratives and legends were contributing factors to my writing endeavour.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think it is a children's fantasy written when I was about 12. It was about a candy land filled with chocolate mountains, marshmallow houses etc. I had not read any of western literature by that time. I wrote this story book for my sisters and friends. It was just hand written.
What is your writing process?
My first poem was about my mother land, Sri Lanka which I wrote when I was 10. I even did not draft or edit it and sent straight to a children's newspaper and won the 'best poem of the week' award. Then I wrote short stories and poems and won awards at school level as well as all island level. Most of my writing appeared in the newspapers. Then there was a sudden pause in my creative thoughts due to a personal reason and it caused my word flow stuck for 10 years. Now I realize I am rising up out of that dormant status.
Manu notices that the scarecrow was sad. He tries to amaze the scarecrow by showing his fantastic kite designs. But there is something else that Manu decides to do make the scarecrow happy.
The small town is submerged in the water. Magic Pumpkin floats in the flood. There is a strange music coming from inside. That makes the children surprised. The secret is finally uncovered.