A young, dreamy child from 2700. • RadBot by Deepika Srivastava • she/her
Hi, I am Rita! I was super pumped up, because I just turned 9, and it’s 2700! Papa promised me he’d help me write my own book, but these boring and narcissistic humans give him so much work. He’s hardly around, and Ma too just stays busy! These humans have just come and so much has changed. School has gotten so boring too, none of my friends want to play anymore. I just hope they don’t take away the creepers and glass bridges. It’ll be horrible if they do, I won’t be able to talk to anyone!
Rita is a 9-year old child from the future, in the 2700. She’s a very optimistic, happy-go-lucky child, who’s worldview is shaken as the humans have taken over her bot world. This has left her confused, disoriented, and lonely, as her parents have gotten really busy, all her friends have moved to another village. The underrepresented voice Rita represents is that of children who sometimes go through sudden changes in their childhood, due to circumstances beyond their control, and are often unable to find an outlet to express themselves. There are two inspirations behind this character. First is when during the pandemic, I saw so many children forced to being indoors, and not being able to really talk about what’s happening, or even express their frustration openly. This was particularly with my own niece, and I also got to know about this from conversations with friends. I am also writing a novel which talks about the struggles of endangered language communities, basically what happens when your mother tongue is rendered unofficial. My protagonist in that novel is also a child who’s unable to cope with the changes her community is going through. So, the intention here was to get into the mind of a child who had led a normal life in their initial years, but is now suddenly troubled.