English Literature may soon become every ICSE student’s favourite subject. The Council of School Certificate Examination (CISCE) has prescribed popular novels such as J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Satyajit Ray’s Feluda and Herge’s beloved comic Tintin. These books will be part of the syllabus for junior and middle-school students next year (2017-18), reports the Times of India.
Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot books and Tolkein’s The Hobbit is also expected to be part of the syllabus. First and second standard students will be studying Enid Blyton’s delightful Noddy series. Charles Dickens novels, The Diary of Anne Frank, activist Malala Yousafzai’s autobiography I am Malala and Wings of Fire (former president of India APJ Abdul Kalam’s autobiography) are also expected to be part of the syllabus.
With such a diverse range of novels, the joy of reading is sure to be inculcated at a young age. It seems we were born a decade too soon.