Hi there - I'm Jasbinder.
Me as a baby in India on my mum's knee, along with my cousin and older bother.
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I was born on our family farm in India, close to the Himalayas. My mum told me that I was born in a stable which all my brothers and sisters think is very funny! On the farm we had lots of animals including a grumpy camel and a monkey called Oma who adopted us and became part of our family. She used to love carrying my brother off to the neem tree in the farm-yard where she would rock him to sleep in her arms.
One of the things we used to love doing was sitting outside under the starriest of skies, building a big fire and making popcorn. This is when my uncles and my grandma (my majee) would tell stories. Even though I was only a baby I think those nights are why I love the magic of stories.
When I was one-and-a-half my family moved from India to Nottingham, England. It was a big change because we now lived in a city. But we kept India alive by continuing to talk about our farm and all the funny things that happened there during the big family gatherings we had.
I was very close to my majee and one of her favourite India stories was when I toddled outside during a huge monsoon storm and stood dangerously close to the well, bawling my eyes out. Luckily for me she ran to my rescue and saved me from harm.
As a girl, I always loved writing. In fact I can’t remember a time when I didn’t invent stories, but I never imagined that one day I’d write a story that would be published.
Me and my majee
I lived with my big family – there are six of us altogether – in the city of Nottingham. We were always outdoors having adventures with our cousins who we were very close to. We had a German Shepherd dog called Sabre who we used to take everywhere with us. Even though we lived in the city there were lots of big parks and one of our favourite places to go was Wollaton. It’s a huge deer park that we used to walk to and we always loved to visit the stuffed flat-faced orangutan they have in the stately home, which is a museum.
Wollaton is the sort of place where you can let your imagination run wild and we used to make up all sorts of stories as we wandered the grounds with our
Sabre. We especially loved being there towards dusk when we were sometimes the only people there and Wollaton became even more magical. As you can tell we had lots of freedom and so long as we were home by dark our parents didn’t worry too much.
Quite often, we had the chance to escape the city and go and stay with my aunt and uncle who lived in the countryside. These were really happy times where we walked along the river, rode bikes and climbed trees. My aunt used to spoil us, making sure she had lots of cake and hot chocolate for us when we came back.
So remember, wherever you live and whoever you are you can have adventures. Keep your eyes open and your imagination alive – there are stories all around.
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