Testimonials 2017-08-13T23:54:12+00:00

Kaye Jacob, Director & Principal
The Heritage School 
Gurgaon, Haryana

If I had not made a connection with you four or five years ago, I am certain that we would not have been able to make as much progress with literacy particularly in upper elementary and middle school as we have made.

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Your expertise in children’s, middle years and young adult literature is on par with anyone I have met, and your collection reflects the best of what is written specifically for these age groups available anywhere–and significantly, NOT available in most local bookstores or exhibitions. Because you had access to the best publishers in the world, you were able to channel those resources to our classrooms and libraries. You helped us launch our first-ever Lexile-based book fair to support the introduction of reading comprehension assessments in our school, which meant that parents, students and teachers could see for themselves what we mean by text complexity and independent close reading skills applied even to “reading for pleasure.” Because very few Indian authors write seriously for children and young people, without importing literature from around the world, our students are limited in their access to high quality literature  that they can read independently but which is not “dumbed down” in a condescending assumption about what kids will or will not read. I maintain because I have seen it happen over my forty-year career, that students love to read even challenging literature when it is well-written–and their willingness to tackle textbooks and “chapters” is a result of this love of reading, and not the other way around.

 

I also know for a fact that the work you are doing has challenged other much bigger “fish” to raise the calibre of the resources they make available to Indian schools as well!”

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Vinit Uppal
Parent
Amritsar, Punjab

One Up in Amritsar was a godsend for both my children. It gave them opportunities and opened doors for them which we couldn’t conceive possible. It exposed them to the world of education and being educated beyond just being literate.

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Both Riya and Bir  love reading and Oneup was the perfect place for them to develop their passion. The annual reading championship, the many book readings, the variety of workshops – they have all played a pivotal role in their growing up years. Oneup was a second home for them.

Oneup has provided my children with the perfect environment to broaden their horizons and expand their thinking. Dalbir has invested so much time, commitment and passion and my children have been very fortunate and benefited hugely from her experience. She took Riya and Bir under her wing and has treated them like her own. It is the best environment for any child and I highly recommend it.

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Paro Anand
Author
New Delhi, Delhi

The most attractive thing about One Up is Dalbir herself. An endless source of focused energy that translated into a bookstore that was more than a bookstore, because it was a place where kids felt comfortable, secure and never judged.

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There was always such a buzz of happiness emanating from the place, the light and energy, the openness contributed to making One Up more an experience than just another store. The focus remained on being the bridge between books and young people.

Dalbir and her team know their books, love their books and are keen to share that love. Dalbir armed herself with knowledge and training on how children read and grow as readers and has always pushed for books to find a greater space in young people’s hearts and minds.

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Usha Pandit, Educationist and Mentor
Neerja Modi, Heritage Schools
Mumbai, Maharashtra

One Up provides an excellent library and experience centre. lt has a well considered international selection of books that can vie with the best libraries in the world.

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The care and the attention paid to all aspects of the child’s growth and learning is a pleasure to witness. Much recommended for bibliophiles.

Dalbir has wide and deep knowledge of books, and is a unique library person who will recommend, critique, and drool over the book with you. There is a passion and intelligence in her that is rare to find even in teachers of literature.

I would say grab Dalbir.  The library is the hub of your school’s learning and research activity. Your librarian needs to be trained in being the soul of that space, to collaborate and coordinate learning across the school and create pedagogical value. Dalbir will show them how to. She will advise you on a balanced selection of books that many of us in teaching are not equipped to do because sadly, we have stopped reading. Being highly trained herself, she  will train teachers on how to use the books in the classroom with children to bring out the best in them. She will work with your budget and what you buy from her will be excellent value for money as opposed to spending a library budget ad hoc on ill-informed random book availability in the market. The library books orders should be placed  through her as she needs to be remunerated for what she does gratis.

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Pooja Mannan Thakur, Principal, Junior School
The Shri Ram School, Vasant Vihar
New Delhi, Delhi

A  welcome addition to the reading culture in Delhi! One Up trains young minds to view the literary world in an out-of-the-box way and ingrains thinking while reading.  

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Ms. Madan brings with her a love for reading and an infectious enthusiasm for igniting young minds. She is passionate, walks the talk and is not in it for commercial reasons.

Much needed to supplement the scarce available reading spaces available to children in Delhi.

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Dr. Punitha Shorey
Parent
Amritsar, Punjab

If you want your child to be confident, knowledgeable and to think for themselves then this is the right place. When Aahana first joined One Up she had difficulty in focusing her thoughts and expressing herself clearly.

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Through all the programs she attended she was able to express her thoughts clearly, stand in front of perfect strangers and speak with confidence. She has also learnt to be considerate to others and work as a team.

Aahana benefited a lot from the library. The extensive collection of books gave flight to her imagination. It helped me in choosing age appropriate books for her and expanding her vocabulary.

To every parent who wants to enroll their child in One Up I would say that they will never regret it.

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Anil Mane, Head Librarian, Primary Library
The Oberoi International School
Mumbai, Maharashtra

We appreciate the professional and proactive approach of One Up team member towards parents, students, teachers, staff and leadership during Book Exhibition.

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Appreciate “May I help you” attitude of One Up team members.

The librarian and media specialist have their task simplified because the owner and proprietor Dalbir ji  herself is literacy expert, voracious passionate reader and book lover. Both needs of the school library and academicians are quickly comprehended and complied.

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Sharmila Lele, Headmistress
The Cathedral and John Connon Infant School
Mumbai, Maharashtra

The reading and literacy workshops by One Up have given my teachers a depth of understanding about reading. My staff has discovered new ways of strengthening reading comprehension and integrating reading strategies.

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It has helped us understand the needs of the emergent readers.

Very soon after working with One Up, we realized the validity of their program. We agree and identify with their ideas about creating reading readiness, engagement and thinking in emergent readers.It has been a wonderful journey since then. 

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Kirandeep Kaur, Principal
Miri Piri Academy
Amritsar, Punjab

Miri Piri Academy has been associated with One Up for over 5 years. Over this period of time we have looked at One Up to provide us with support in promoting reading at our school.

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One Up has taken varied routes, whether it be organizing book exhibitions, creating suggested reading lists, or guiding us towards resources to help promote our vision of creating imaginative readers. Since Miri Piri Academy is an international school, representing over 19 nationalities, this is no mean task. I wish to thank Dalbir Kaur Madan and her team for understanding our needs and walking that extra mile for us.

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Akshay & Chandni Arora
Parents 
Amritsar, Punjab

We wish to extend our sincere thanks to One up for shaping up the personality and thought process of our daughter Aanya who is now 6 years old . She joined the library at 11 months and books became her second home. She loved the knowledge imparted through various programs such as baby brains and little explorers and science exploratorium.

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Dalbir and team developed her interest  in reading, which gave wings to her expressions and imagination. She developed confidence and conviction in her personality through reading, music, and storytelling. She showcased the same at the concerts and events One Up organized.

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Sayoni Basu, Duckbill Publishing
Independent Publisher
Gurgaon, Haryana

My experience of working with One Up has always been joyful. Their dedication to their larger goal, the idealism that infuses their work, and the care that they take to match authors to readers is unparalleled.

 

Malti Thiagrajan, Head Librarian, Middle School
The Cathedral and John Connon School
Mumbai, Maharashtra

One Up Book Fair brought in  literary glitter to the otherwise jaded  book fairs one visits.The choice of  genres themes satiated many parched readers.
It’s very rare to see the organizer of the Book Fair to be a cauldron of knowledge about the books procured and displayed.

Arushi Verma
Parent
Amritsar, Punjab

My daughters Ruhani and Vidita have both benefited from One Up. The resources at One Up were so fresh and unique that they are now addicted to books.

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My older daughter owes One Up library a big thanks for helping her gain admission in the most prestigious boarding school in India. My younger one gained a beautiful reading habit and identification of her musical aptitude.

I would highly recommend One Up to all new members and friends as it’s the most unique centre to experience unusual children’s courses. It gives a great competitive edge to your child!

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Shweta Anand Arora
Parent
New Delhi, Delhi

One Up undoubtedly has the best selection of books I’ve seen across India. I’ve been introduced to new authors, titles and genres.

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While we were voracious readers earlier, One Up has helped us discover a whole new world of fantastic children’s literature. I’ve attended a couple of parent workshops by Dalbir, and really enjoyed the discussion. Her enthusiasm is absolutely infectious, and the workshop helped me learn about the value of reading to my child, my role as a parent in inculcating the love for reading, and the importance of diversifying our reading portfolio – as well as how to do it.

I’ve recommended One Up to several friends – however widely read you are, believe me, you will always discover something new at One Up!

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Roopa Pai
Author
Bangalore, Karnataka

The love and knowledge of children’s books and literature that Dalbir brings to One Up is one of its main strengths.

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It ensures that One Up always has a thoughtfully curated collection of books from all over the world to satisfy all manner of young readers.

The staff at One Up Amritsar is another bonus. They know their books well, and are able to recommend age-appropriate, reading ability-appropriate and interest-appropriate books to young visitors and their parents. They also take the time and effort to initiate reluctant readers into the joy of reading through the library’s regular reading-aloud programs.

But perhaps what I, as an Indian children’s author, appreciate most about One Up is the relentless effort that Dalbir and her team puts in to showcase and promote Indian children’s books and authors – not just in the library but also in local schools – to an audience that might otherwise have remained completely oblivious. Without evangelists like her, it would be a far more uphill battle for Indian children’s authors to get visibility for their books than it is already.

I worked with One Up last year to take my book ‘The Gita For Children’ to schools in both Delhi and Amritsar. I was able to reach out to thousands of students in the target age-group over just five days and Dalbir accompanied me everywhere, making sure everything was well-organised at every school. To put it simply, it was a wonderful experience.

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Mamta Kapoor
Head, Center of Teaching and Learning
Step by Step School
Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Working with One Up has been a very enriching experience.

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Ms. Madan’s passion for reading is highly contagious. It is not only reflected in the choice of books available at One Up, but also in her training sessions as well. Literacy workshops conducted by Ms. Madan are immersed in research and practice and have helped teachers  view reading with a thinking  lens. The support offered  post workshops is equally commendable. It’s been a very fulfilling  and  inspiring journey.

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Divya Arora
Parent
Amritsar, Punjab

We would like to express my appreciation towards One Up. It has not only inculcated reading skills but it as also installed a lifelong love for reading and learning in our child.

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One Up has helped open doors for imagination, creativity, better vocabulary, better comprehension through reading. Workshops have helped our child have better skills of communication, improved attention span, better concentration. It has taught us a lot as parents too through their parents workshops . The way with their warmth they teach and read to a child is commendable.

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Tannya Khanna
Parent
Amritsar, Punjab

We have thoroughly enjoyed our journey with One Up Amritsar. From the day of the inauguration of One Up till the closing day in Amritsar we have been an integral part of it.

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Both my kids have actually learnt how to read and dissect a book from One Up. My son is now playing violin in the intermediate orchestra at Woodstock School Mussorie. I give full credit to One Up to initiate the Trinity program for music and communication skills that my son went through at One Up.I highly recommend the guided reading program for all the kids, the baby brain program for toddlers , little explorers , exploratorium and sparkling minds.

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Pinky Pujara, Director
Universal Group
Mumbai Maharashtra

As part of a major reorganization of library services at the Universal Education schools, Dalbir’s rich experience has helped in setting up structured reading programmes for students of all ages.

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Dalbir’s dynamism, her high responsiveness and her understanding of how  libraries should be designed have been invaluable.

She has conducted customized workshops with parents and teachers of our schools that have immensely benefited in creating better reading strategies for our students.Her enthusiasm, systematic approach and professionalism have made her an outstanding resource person for Library design and management.

I would like to thank Dalbir and One Up for the contribution to the improvement of our school libraries.

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Anita Malhotra, Principal
Lotus Valley International School
Gurgaon, Haryana

One Up Reading and their Literacy Workshops have provided professional development support for our school to meet the unique needs of our students and staff with regards to reading.

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Ms. Dalbir Kaur’s adept coaching techniques impacted the quality of instruction provided by the teacher. Different strategies on reading, writing and storytelling onsite were useful to our staff.

It has been a true pleasure to work with a professional organization such as One Up.

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Munish Berry
Parent
Amritsar, Punjab

My family has been part of the One library since its inception in the year 2012. On our first visit, the ambiance and immaculately kept books made me realize that my quest for searching a decent place of reading for my kids has ended.

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My daughter and son, who were in grades 7 and 1 respectively, participated  in reading enrichment programs in their age groups. My children developed effective communication skills with confidence and ease in public speaking. The French learning program enabled my son to realize his capability to learn new languages. He developed his passion for music by singing and learning guitar here and achieved certification in the Trinity exams. The platform provided by the library to him during the annual musical festival has created an everlasting desire for learning music in his mind.

I would recommend everyone to join One up as there will be a whole range of wonderful experiences waiting for you and your kids.

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Rishiraj & Tripat Ahuja
Parents
Amritsar, Punjab

One Up Library has been an integral part of our 5-year old’s life. As a 6-month old baby, our son Sabir loved visiting the library and enjoyed being read to. As he grew older, he became a part of the ‘Baby Brains programme.’

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It has been heartening to see four year olds playing the part of Greek gods, goddesses and learning about scientists who shaped our world. Activities such as these have greatly helped to enlarge the scope of our child’s education.

Dalbir has a magical ability to connect with children and make them respond to her instruction. Dalbir’s fantastic eye for picking the perfect books has been incomparable. She puts her heart and soul into what she does. She is creative, focused and has an innate ability to see far ahead. For us parents, she is a role model par excellence!

The bond that we as a family have shared with One Up and Dalbir, will be cherished forever.

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Deepshika Khaira
Parent
Amritsar, Punjab

One Up was the only one of its kind in our city. Much beyond an ordinary bookstore, it gave an excellent exposure to children to books of various genres and an opportunity to interact with their age mates who loved books.

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Its USP with the application of reading strategies, taught by Dalbir, who took extra pains to make workshop experiences a pleasure and One Up a place to look forward to.

My children have become out-of-the-box thinkers. They learnt speaking skills, how to follow instructions, work as a team and take responsibility for their actions.Their personalities have emerged out better chiseled. One Up, without doubt, is the right place for children.

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Rima Singh, Head
DPS International School
Gurgaon, Haryana

Ms. Dalbir Madan has been conducting annual book fairs and workshops in DPS International, Gurgaon. She brings with her an unmatched collection of books not usually available with other organizers.

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Her interactions with students, teachers and parents show her in-depth knowledge of each book in her collection and the writing styles of celebrated as well as upcoming authors. She is able to recommend books according to the interests of different students and align it with their reading levels.

Her workshop for parents on “ how to read and what to read to their children” was truly engaging and struck a relevant chord with the parents as she gave real life instances of how read-aloud leads to a lifelong bonding between parent and child and how reading habit can be holistically inculcated even in a most reluctant reader.

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Debashree Bhattacharya, Headmistress
The Cathedral and John Connon Middle School
Mumbai, Maharashtra

The One Up Book Fair’s selection of books is synonymous with literary quality, excellent presentation, varied story lines and challenging vocabulary.

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The book exhibition endeavors to showcases the latest children’s fiction.It is a much awaited event for both students and parents. One Up’s books deal with themes that are topical, relevant and easy for teen readers to relate to.With exposure to newer genres, children are at par with their peers globally.

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Dr. Kirat Sandhu Cheema, Director
Springdale Education
Amritsar, Punjab

One Up has been contributing to society and especially to Amritsar by pitching in it’s sincere endeavour to revive the fading reading culture and I am sure with this step forth, it shall bring in a magnificent change in this direction.

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 It has always been a great experience to team up with One Up, be it book discussions, interactive sessions related to child pedagogy, productive interactions with various authors or book reading competitions. Here, I would like to make a special mention of the most attention gripping story telling sessions with Ms. Jeeva Raghunath and Ms. Natasha Sharma organised for our kindergartners by Madam Dalbir Kaur. Each event that was organised, brought in new ideas and left pleasant memories..

With Dalbir ji, one can expect nothing less than perfection and wholehearted contribution because to her commitment and passion towards learning and passing it on in the most unique way.

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Sumita Mukherjee, Head, Junior School
Step by Step School
Noida, Uttar Pradesh

I have known Dalbir for 3 years as an educational entrepreneur working with Step by Step. She is passionate about reading and making children develop a love for books seems to be her mission.

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While conducting reading workshops at our school, she has worked towards developing a reading culture and building a reading community. Each module of her workshop is systematically planned and keeps the teachers involved. The objectives of reading, the guiding principles while selecting a book, the type of questioning and the reading strategies that unfold the various layers of thinking are all addressed. It has been a big learning experience for all of us!

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Sapna Dimri, Head
The Shri Ram School, Aravalli
Gurgaon, Haryana

One up has really added value to our existing reading program. Dalbir’s handholding for staff and parents proved very beneficial.The strategies have been implemented in class and are enhancing the vocabulary and  reading quality of the students.

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Thank you Dalbir for your very valuable inputs.

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