I ndian children used to grow up on a staple diet of Amar Chitra Katha. It not only gave them entertainment but also connected them with the culture of the country. Somehow, tradition faded away with the arrival of Archies and much later Harry Potter, etc.
Now an attempt is being made to re-introduce our children to religion and mythology, courtesy a new comic book. It is called “Shirdi Sai Baba” and presents the story of Sai Baba through comic strips, making them intelligible and interesting for children.
The book was launched at a glittering function in New Delhi recently in the presence of former BJP president Rajnath Singh, Chief founder of the Sai Baba Foundation Aushim Khetrapal and others. Incidentally, Aushim has also produced a feature film and a television serial on the Baba.
Speaking at the launch he said, “The book narrates the story and teachings of Sai Baba in a light-hearted manner. The picture-based book is an adaptation of the award-winning film. I am sure the kids will surely like it as nobody has approached them this way. The book revolves around all key sequences and incidents from Baba's life.”
The 40-page book is priced at Rs. 30. Currently available in Hindi and English, the book will also be soon translated in other languages. Over 20,000 copies of the book have already been sold. However, there is no plan to distribute it through schools.
Adds Khetrapal, “This book will be a great source of inspiration for children.”