I Flap My Wings to Fly

I Flap My Wings to Fly: An Anthology by The Padho Movement
Edited by Hritik Sapra

Cover Design and Illustrations by Agantuk

Children are the changemakers of the world. And what better way to do that than by reading the stories written by eleven such children?

I want to give to everyone what books have given to me. We as children do not have money to donate for charity, but we can donate two of our most precious resources – our time, and our skills.’ 

Hritik Sapra

Founder, The Padho Movement


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Children are the changemakers of the world. And what better way to do that than by reading the stories written by eleven such children?

About the Book

Eleven bright young minds have come together to write and to donate their stories, poems, and language learning tools in The Padho Movement anthology

The stories range from adventure tales, to horror, to a psychological tale, to a tale set in the medieval era and the prequel to the classic Snow White tale; to stories of Goldilocks and The Red Riding Hood as poems; and a valuable section on how to improve English reading, writing, and comprehension skills.

I Flap My Wings to Fly seeks to help children grasp the English language better, to enthuse an interest in reading, and to propel their imagination.

Ten Stories, Two Poems and a ‘How To’ . . .




Editor’s Introduction to the Anthology I Flap my Wings to Fly’

During the summer of 2016, I was working with a few NGOs to help teach children. I had a really great time teaching these  children, but the feedback I got from them was that they did not find their coursebooks interesting. This is an inherent problem in the education system of India. Here, textbooks are written for rote learning and thus do not interest the children. I began thinking of a way to pique the interest of these children in reading. Thus, ‘The Padho Movement’ was born. ‘Padho’ in Hindi means ‘to read’.

Since I began reading books from the time I was in first grade, I have always wanted to write my own novel. When I was in the third grade, I picked up a notebook and began writing in it. This was just after I had read my first Hardy Boys. When I finished half of the notebook, I went and showed it to my father. He told me the book was almost a copy of the Hardy Boys. Many more failed attempts followed. I always felt that I would not be appreciated for my writing, and thus I did not make an attempt to get it published. I know there are many more enthusiasts like me who feel the same way. The Padho Movement provides a platform for stories to get published, and it is for audiences who are completely

unbiased and would appreciate the writing for what it is.

The Padho Movement also inculcates an important quality among children – ‘the art of giving’. We as children do not have money to donate for charity, but we can donate two of our most precious resources – our time and our skills. By starting this initiative, I want to give to everyone what books have given to me. Reading books has transported me to another world altogether where I have helped overthrow kingdoms, flown among the birds, fought alongside Harry Potter, and whatnot. Even if we can get one child interested in reading, I would consider this movement to be a success. The art of giving is an important quality that everyone should possess, and keeping that in mind, the tagline for The Padho Movement is ‘Donate a Story’.

After conceptualizing the idea for a month, I set about collecting the stories. I wanted to collect ten stories for the book. So, I contacted a few of my friends and told them about the movement. The response was tremendously positive. Everybody wanted to help. The problem that surfaced was that the quality of stories were not up to the mark. I was looking for stories to  interest the readers, stories that did not follow a dictated norm. I realized that I needed to increase the reach of the movement. I

created a website (www.thepadhomovement.com) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/thepadhmovement) for the movement. Yet, I did not receive stories for about two weeks. I asked my  friends to share the page among their Facebook friends. That is when the whole movement turned around. I received stories not only from Delhi NCR but also from Mumbai and Ajmer.

This book is a compilation of ten stories and two poems. The book has five adventure stories – ‘Back to the Past’, ‘Lost in Etava’, ‘A Witchy Tale’, ‘Tiger Tiger Burning Bright’, and ‘The Thirteen Swans of the Village Girl’. There are two horror stories – ‘Tomorrow’s Echoes’ and ‘Relocation’. There is a psychological story as well called ‘My Sweet Ethan’, and a story set in medieval times called – ‘The Protector of The Realm’. One of the most interesting stories in the book is a prequel to the classic Snow White, which would surely interest the younger generation. In addition to this, there are two poems – Goldilocks and The Little Red Riding Hood. The book ends with an ‘Epilogue’ which aims to help the readers on how to improve their English reading, writing, and understanding skills.

This book would have not been possible without my parents. Their support has helped me through some of the most difficult parts of this journey. I would also like to thank all the contributors who have worked to make this book a success. I would even like to acknowledge my friends who have helped me spread the movement and have worked zealously to ensure that I get all the stories. A big thanks to the Ponytale Books for believing in this movement to publish this book. A final thanks to Pranav Uncle, for tirelessly working with me, answering all my queries and getting this book in the shape it is today.

I wish to end by saying that this is just the beginning and we hope to publish more such books in the near future.


Gurugram                                                                 Hritik Sapra

20 September 2016


The Padho Movement




Back to the Past by  Hritik Sapra

 ‘A strange camera found by two siblings in the dingy attic of an orphanage. What would happen now?’

 Snow White: The Evil Queen – A Backstory by Sana Beotra

 ‘A sibling relationship gone wrong; the result? The creation of one of literature’s most famous villains.’

 Goldilocks by Chitvan Bansal

 ‘A curious girl wanting to try the cooking of three bears. What could go wrong?’

 The Thirteen Swans of a Village Girl by Adarsh Raj Bhatt

 ‘Not all village girls were simpletons. Just ask Sonali the story of how she tricked the gentleman from the city.’

 Relocation by Ashwin Pandey

 ‘It was supposed to be a simple arrival into her new apartment, but then the voices came calling . . .’

 Lost in Etava by Anshuman Gupta

 ‘A trip to a distant planet turns into something strange.’

 Tomorrow’s Echo by Nihaarika Singh

 ‘A simple day at the carnival results in a supernatural night for Maya.’

 My Sweet Ethan by Vikramaditya Mendiratta

 ‘The sweetest boy who everyone loved, especially his mother. But then, Max entered their lives.’

Tiger Tiger Burning Bright by Arjun Mitra

 ‘A simple trip to the jungle turned out to be a life changing event.’

 Little Red Riding Hood by Chitvan Bansal

 ‘A little girl’s trip to her grandmother’s house turns dangerous.’

 A Witchy Tale by Muskaan

 ‘A fake wand leads to the casting of some pretty real spells.’

 The Protector of the Realm by Samiha Swarup

 ‘Two twins. One kingdom. A war. But one twin is weak, and the other is strong.’

 Improve Your English by Nihaarika Singh

 Eleven Easy Ways to Improve Comprehension, Listening, Reading and Writing Skills in English or any language for that matter