Germantown, Maryland, Nov 8, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) DIYALA (diyala.kochiknacha.com)
is a newly launched Bengali-English bilingual online magazine from
Kochisamsad. Though the magazine focuses on children below 16,
youngsters as well as grown-ups should find it equally appealing.
webzine is a part of Kochisamsad which is bilingual (English and
Bengali) and for the under 16 age group. The main motto of the
publishers is to connect the schoolchildren worldwide through this
webzine and to provide them with some quality reading material. An
interesting aspect of DIYALA which derives from it's online nature is
the magazine's web-site also servers as a platform for students, parents
and teachers to interact online at the Diyala blog on different topics
as a part of the Kochisamsad website.
Kochisamsad are involved in
diverse social and literary activities, including The Mukti-Kochiknacha
Book Bank Project, art workshops, pottery workshops, theater workshops,
cooking-health food workshops for mothers, sit and draw and so on, where
children under 16 are involved.
Diyala and Kochisamsad are
created by Ananya Banerjee and her brother Sanjib Sikder. Ananya is a
teacher with about 16 years of continuous teaching experience in reputed
schools, presently attached with DPS, Ruby Park, Kolkata. Sanjib Sikder
is an IIT Mumbai Research Scholar who is the designer of their
Ananya and Sanjib are currently the joint editors of
Diyala. Their future plan is to come up with an advisory panel as Diyala
grows, consisting of teachers, doctors, child psychologists, eminent
writers and well wishers. DIYALA in print edition from a good
publication house is also envisioned.
Check out DIYALA and Kochisamsad at diyala.kochiknacha.com.