We are sorry to be so quiet lately.
Part of the reason is that while you have been battling snow in the US, we have had one cancelled class for SARASWATI PUJA. This is a special holiday celebrated mostly in the states of Bihar and Bengal in India, but since most of our Bachchon ki Duniya students are originally from Bihar, they celebrated in their neighborhood here in Delhi too! On the first day of this two-day holiday, the whole community gives offerings at makeshift temples which house the goddess Saraswati – who is the god of arts, culture and knowledge. The next day, they take the statue of the goddess to one of the sacred rivers (for example the Yamuna River here in Delhi) and release her back to the earth, where she came from.
Here is a picture of the goddess Saraswati. She is always shown with a sitar (like a guitar) and a swan.
There is one more BIG reason for our silence….
We have been deep into editing the comic book!!!!
And good news: it’s finally ready!!!
First of all, a 1-page teaser – we rearranged the story in this to emphasize the main message: “what goes around comes around”!
This one-page comic shows what happens when a group of 4 friends gets harassed by a bunch of bullies – and what happens when they take the situation into their own hands. The bullies learn a valuable lesson!
You can find the full comic by following this link:
All the photos feature our media students, the full story was written by them (and then translated into English) and they even did all the illustrations for the book! On one of the last pages, you will find a “message from Kid Powered Media and the Bachchon ki Duniya Club” which tells a little bit about what they want students to learn from their book. Also you can see a template for people to make their own comics – we hope that when we distribute the books around communities in Delhi, we will start getting homemade comics in the post! Let’s see!
Finally, you will notice on the last page we have included the one-page, short comic from your class!
Please, please, please let us know what you think and send your messages and comments to our students. And share the comic with all your friends – maybe they can even make one themselves to send to us in the mail?!
We hope you survive the cold – and we look forward to seeing more from your comics soon!
~ Kid Powered Media