Little Diya is perplexed about ‘KovyNintee’, quite COVID-19. She wonders why she has to remain at dwelling throughout the summer season trip, why her dad and mom aren’t going to work and why her mom asks her to scrub her palms so usually. That’s when her mom tells a story — about the ‘gangs of naughty monsters running around and scaring people’ and the way she will struggle them by staying indoors and defending herself utilizing ‘the potion called sanitiser’ and a masks.
COVID-19 lockdown has impressed many artistes to unleash their creativity and amongst them is Arjun Sankar and Anjali Anil. They have come up with ‘KovyNintee — Diya Gets Battle-ready’, a children’s story on Instagram. Arjun, an architect, and Anjali, in her ultimate yr of structure course at Holy Crescent College of Architecture, Aluva, have a look at the pandemic from a toddler’s perspective, with Anjali writing the story and Arjun doing the illustration.
Arjun says he struck upon the concept from a video of his five-year-old niece, Vibha Sooraj, by which she talks about the virus. “It is hilarious when she says that we should chase it away. She advises people not to step out their homes and to wash their hands and use a mask. That’s when I thought about the possibility of looking at the situation from a child’s perspective,” says Arjun, a local of Thrissur.
He mentioned the concept with Anjali, his junior from faculty, and that’s how the story materialised. “It was her idea to keep it as ‘KovyNintee’, as that’s how a child would pronounce the word,” he provides.
Anjali says that Diya has been modelled on Vibha, with her gown, coiffure, physique language and actions included in the illustrations. “After I saw the video, he sent me the initial sketches. Then I started working on the story,” says Anjali, who lives in Kochi.
Running into 10 sheets, together with the cowl web page, Arjun says they visualised the virus as a monster to make it simpler for children to know the idea. “Most of them wouldn’t know what a virus is whereas they are familiar with monsters through stories and films. I have kept the drawings colourful keeping the children in mind,” says the 24-year-old.
Anjali, 23, provides that though the story targets the little ones, the message is for everybody out there. “We plan to work on another socially-relevant topic,” Anjali provides.
You can verify out the story on the Instagram web page, arjunsankarps