They say a pessimist perceives a bottle as half empty, while an optimist views it as half full. Now what would your outlook be about a bottle that bubbles with energy and is filled with ever lasting hope? Meet Bot, the effervescent protagonist of Bot’s First Adventure: Making a Splash. The heartwarming and humour-filled life-episodes of the lively bottle are bound to appeal to even the most reluctant-reader. Ripples of fun fill the pages packed with imaginative drama faced by Bot across snow-covered mountains, wild river rapids, and the depths of the deep blue sea.
Author Malini Seshadri, who recently made the debut in the world of contemporary children’s literature, talks about her book.
How did you find the inspiration to pen the book about Bot?
I’ve been telling the story to my grandchildren for years now. I was so used to telling them well-woven stories that they would always ask me to tell them a new one. This is the one I picked for them. They simply loved it and they even added sound effects. The story just grew through our interactive storytelling sessions.
Can you tell us about Bot’s character?
Bot is a person who loves to go out and see the world. He has a sense of adventure and doesn’t like to sit quietly on a shelf. Bot also loves to sing.He has a sunny temperament, so he thinks things can never go wrong.
What is the underlying theme of the book?
It works on different levels. At one level it takes you through the snow-clad mountains or through a tidal pool. He meets river birds, crabs and tentacled- octopuses. It’s about picking up little bits of information about the natural world without it being underlined for you.
Somewhere down the line, children (readers) get caught up with the adventure and identify with Bot and start rooting for him.
There are no morals, no good guys and bad guys. It’s just pure fun.
Are you an optimist like Bot’s character?
I am more of a realist (laughs). I would be more afraid of the sharp rocks than he is (referring to Bot’s adventure in the book).
What are the future plans for the series?
Bot is all set to have his second adventure in the Amazon rainforest.
What is your advice for aspiring writers?
I feel if you know what you want to say, it gets written, you won’t struggle. Always know the message that you want to get across to your all your readers.
Look out for excerpts from the book next week.