Small Talk

Kath­lyn D’souza speaks to Diani Lee, who is tak­ing a step back to focus on her young fam­ily and au­thor a new chil­dren’s book— The A to Z of a Good Heart

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Diani Lee talks to us about her new chil­dren’s book, and fam­ily life

What have you been up to lately?

Be­tween school runs or play dates and en­ter­tain­ing the kids, I squeeze in time to source for ma­te­ri­als and check in with my sis­ter on our blan­ket busi­ness, spend time with my hus­band, visit friends, as well as ex­er­cise.

Tell us about your foray into your chil­dren’s book project.

My fa­ther has been talk­ing about this sub­ject for many years. He is al­ways on about how books for lit­tle kids teach them sim­ple things like ‘A’ is for ‘Ap­ple’, when kids’ ca­pac­ity to learn and com­pre­hend is so much larger than that. So we came up with a list of A-Z words that carry good mean­ing and have since taught it at a pre-school that his com­pany helped start. I want par­ents to know that chil­dren only have limits when we set them a limit. I didn’t know what my dad meant then but now I do.

How much of a role did your fa­ther play in the cul­mi­na­tion of this project?

Ev­ery­one who knows my dad knows him for the val­ues he stands for. I grew up un­der his in­flu­ence to al­ways choose to do the right, hon­est and hon­ourable thing. He has no idea I am do­ing this book though, it is a sur­prise for him.

Who il­lus­trat­eded the book?

My il­lus­tra­tor is Komeil Zarin. He is a tal­ent­e­dented artist from Iran who has been in Malaysia for al­most seven years. He is a reg­is­tered­ered UNHCR refugee who left his beloved Iran dur­ing in­sta­bil­ity. I am also very y happy to share that he has raised enough money from this project, and couldd fi­nally af­ford to buy air tick­ets for his par­ents from the Mid­dle East to come visit him. They have not seen each other in years.

Who in­spired you?

My two boys. I want them to have a lit­tle book they can re­late to, which re­in­forces the val­ues we live by daily.

BY THE BOOK Diani Lee’s new book teaches and re­in­forces mean­ing­ful val­ues to kids

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