Earlier this month on Gandhi Jayanthi, I released a book bringing together many worthy ideas and organizations to mark the day.
It came with the publishing banner of Amar Chitra Katha, which has used the colorful and concise form of the comic to convey timeless tales from mythology, history and classic literature to children.
The “Make a Difference” foundation spearheading the event is clearly inspired by Gandhiji’s powerful advice to be instruments of positive change. Having read about them in newspapers, I have admired these young people who take time off from work or studies to teach English to underprivileged children, such as those from orphanages, as a tool for their academic and career betterment.
The children so tutored took part in an international contest conducted by the global movement “ Design for Change” to find creative solutions to challenging problems. No one can deny that the more we progress, the more problems we grapple with. Human evolution and civilization are the result of creative problem solving. Creativity transforms problems into progress. The need for creative solutions is all the greater to address issues of deprivation, and also to avert the environmental crisis that confronts us.
Amar Chitra Katha’s book “ I Can- How Children are Changing Their World” contains the problems and solutions of a previous creative exercise. There is a ring to the title that is positive, inspiring and energizing. The idea is to stimulate other children in problem solving that a dynamic world demands, probably also teaching adults an insightful thing or two.
Subsequently reading the book I find that children in different locations of the world have ingeniously come up with solutions to improve attitudes to leprosy, disability and terminal patients; they have tackled issues of city infrastructure,(garbage reduction and clearance, paving streets ) and school infrastructure. They have successfully carried out innovative fund raising ventures to address their perceived/ pressing needs.
The venue was “ Reliance Time Out” which was also the venue of the launch of my novel “ Blossom Showers”.
The concerned organizations definitely need to be lauded for the synergies of their strivings. “I Can” sums up the force of creative and constructive process that can transform the world into a more sensibly sensitive place, with youthful energies leading the way to benign change.