Little girl reading in Taman Bacaan Pelangi

Little girl reading a story book in Taman Bacaan Pelangi (Rainbow Reading Gardens) in Melo Village in Flores, Indonesia
Little girl reading a story book in Taman Bacaan Pelangi (Rainbow Reading Gardens) | Melo Village, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

On my trip to Indonesia this month, I got a chance to visit Taman Bacaan Pelangi (Rainbow Reading Gardens) founded by Nila Tanzil . Taman Bacaan Pelangi provides children’s books to remote areas in an effort to nurture early-childhood reading habits. The library I visited was located in a school in the beautiful Melo Village in Flores, Indonesia. It is one of the 29 libraries in Eastern Indonesia. We all had a wonderful time singing, dancing and interacting with the kids. I thought that the kids might get scared once they saw me, owing to my beard. Surprisingly enough, they were all laughing and curious and wanted to touch my beard! The little time we spent there was a lovely and heart-warming experience.

Learn more about Taman Bacaan Pelangi (Rainbow Reading Gardens) and find out how you can help by visiting their website here.

Thankful to Wonderful Indonesia and the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism for a great opportunity to see Indonesia.

87 Replies to “Little girl reading in Taman Bacaan Pelangi”

  1. The image has a magical feel to it – just as childhood should be. And what a lovely organisation, it’s so important that children have the opportunity to enjoy reading. I’ll be sharing this on Twitter, help get the word out :)

  2. This is lovely Joshi . I can recall that total absorption of reading in childhood . A very worthwhile venture all round .

  3. Such a beautiful shot, Joshi. Love how the focus is on the little girl’s head yet you can see that she is so focused on reading. Reading educates us, enriches the mind and I’m sure she loved reading that book. Wonderful that the children like your beard. So accepting :)

  4. It’s fascinating how adults are pissed off by bearded men, whereas kids connect to them so easily. Happens all the time with my brother!
    Beautiful picture by the way. As always!

  5. Joshi, you make us see the beauty of life through your eyes. You have this precious gift of capturing these wonderful encounters you have with your camera, and you share this gift with us. That is an act of love. Thank you!

  6. Its all been said really. the composition, depth of field and color gradations, very nice, image conveys a sense of understanding of the at least an aspect of life from whence the little girl comes

  7. I had the best time in bali, Indonesia

    Its an amazing country, full of amaxing people. How did you ended up there.

    Am curious to see your scarry beard!!!

  8. Fantastic focus and depth-of-field with this shot…makes it so much more interesting and creative…and matching the beauty of reading and education of the young.

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