Elina wore her prettiest gown decorated with laces and frills and waited at the station on the snowy evening. It was the night of the Christmas Eve. A toy train soon arrived and stopped at the empty station. A gentle voice greeted her and said, “Hi Elina, I will take you to a world of imagination moving on the track. It will stay in this station until you discover your goal. There are thousands of books for you to explore. Leave a book from your own collection, which will help someone else like you take a journey and get transported to another world of pure and innocent imagination.”
Elina was thrilled to meet Santa and heard him speak. With a smile and sparkle in her eye, she replied “Dear Santa , you are indeed a true magician . Thanks for making me board the Library on Wheels. On the track of imagination, I will find my identity indeed. I promise to read and discover my goal. Yes, I will leave one of my favourite books for others to get transported to a world of magic.”
“Wake up Elina , its time for a new beginning”, her mother’s voice made her realise that she was dreaming. “Mum, I know my goal. I will create a Library on Wheels, and help others shape their goals”, she declared with a sparkle in her eyes and a confident tone. Elina rushed out to collect books for her Library. Her mother watched her excitedly.
// This fictional story has been penned by 8-year-old Hrijoy Lahiri and was chosen among the top finalists at the Read Your Story event organized by Beyond Academix. //