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Arun Gandhi On Fox News

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in By Arun Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi, The Gift of Anger | 0 comments

Grandfather Gandhi author Arun Gandhi spoke with Fox News about his new book for adults, The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons from My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi (Simon & Schuster.)  Watch it...

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Arun Gandhi Releases The Gift of Anger

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in By Arun Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi, The Gift of Anger | Comments Off on Arun Gandhi Releases The Gift of Anger

The Grandfather Gandhi team congratulates Arun Gandhi on the release of his new book for adults, The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons from My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi (Simon & Schuster.) Discover ten vital and extraordinary life lessons from one of the most important and influential philosophers and peace activists of the twentieth century—Mahatma Gandhi—in this poignant and timely exploration of the true path from anger to peace, as recounted by Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi. In the current troubled climate, in our country and in the world, these lessons are needed more than ever before. “We should not be ashamed of anger. It’s a very good and a very powerful thing that motivates us. But what we need to be ashamed of is the way we abuse it.” —Mahatma Gandhi Arun Gandhi was just twelve years old when his parents dropped him off at Sevagram, his grandfather’s famous ashram. To Arun, the man who fought for India’s independence and was the country’s beloved preeminent philosopher and leader was simply a family member. He lived there for two years under his grandfather’s wing until Gandhi’s assassination. While each chapter contains a singular, timeless lesson, The Gift of Anger also takes you along with Arun on a moving journey of self-discovery as he learns to overcome his own struggle to express his emotions and harness the power of anger to bring about good. He learns to see the world through new eyes under the tutelage of his beloved grandfather and provides a rare, three-dimensional portrait of this icon for the ages. The ten vital life lessons strike a universal chord about self-discovery, identity, dealing with anger, depression, loneliness, friendship, and family—perfect for anyone searching for a way to effecting healing change in a fractured...

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Thelma Richardson Elementary Takes the Pledge

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Appearances, Educators & Librarians, Mahatma Gandhi | Comments Off on Thelma Richardson Elementary Takes the Pledge

At the 2015 Texas Bluebonnet Award Luncheon this past April, Carmen Oliver, the booking agent for the Grandfather Gandhi creators, sat with Arun Gandhi, Evan Turk, and several librarians from around Texas. One particular conversation grabbed her attention. She overheard Gail Shipley, the librarian at Thelma Richardson Elementary, speaking about the unit on civil rights she’d organized with her students to honor MLK day. Instead of focusing on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., she discussed how Dr. King looked up to Mohandas K. Gandhi. She talked about Gandhi’s life and compared the two “changemakers” for peace. All the students took the “Live Your Life as Light” pledge. They discussed every word in the pledge. Words like respect, communicate, listen, and forgive. After they finished their discussions, the students went home with bookmarks she’d made that said, “Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.” Additionally, on June 15, 2015 at Gail’s Region 10 Education Service Center meeting, she will talk with librarians about Grandfather Gandhi and the activities she created to accompany the book. A huge thank you to librarian Gail Shipley for sharing this story with all of us that day over lunch, for giving us her blessing to share it here and for sowing seeds for...

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Arun Gandhi on Learning

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in By Arun Gandhi, Educators & Librarians, Mahatma Gandhi | Comments Off on Arun Gandhi on Learning

In an interview with the authors of Grandfather Gandhi, Arun Gandhi talks about his greatest teachers and his grandfather’s lesson to keep your mind “like a room with many open windows.”

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Arun Gandhi Visits Austin Gandhi Mosaic

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Mahatma Gandhi | Comments Off on Arun Gandhi Visits Austin Gandhi Mosaic

While visiting Austin, Texas for the Texas Books Festival, Arun Gandhi and his co-author Bethany Hegedus met mosaic artist Stefanie Distefano and visited her mosaic of Mahatma Gandhi.  The authors were honored that the piece had the final line of Grandfather Gandhi worked into the stunning design! Here is a documentary on the Payphone Revival Project that the piece was created...

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In the Footsteps of the Mahatma

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in By Evan Turk, Illustrations, Mahatma Gandhi | Comments Off on In the Footsteps of the Mahatma

By Evan Turk I am back from a wonderful trip to England with some VERY exciting news to announce! Before I left, I was asked to create illustrations for the Indian edition of National Geographic Traveller magazine to go with an travel article about places throughout India that were important in the life of Gandhi called, “In the Footsteps of the Mahatma.” They used illustrations from Grandfather Gandhi to represent several of these places, and asked me to create three new illustrations in the same style to show different points on Gandhi’s life. As a huge fan of National Geographic and travel illustration, this was a dream job to get. Even more, they surprised me by putting one of my illustrations on the cover of the issue! It was an amazing feeling seeing that iconic golden rectangle around one of my illustrations. Thank you to the innovative editor Niloufer Venkatraman for the opportunity! First, was his childhood home in Porbandar, which is maintained as a historical site. Here, young Gandhi is shown in his favorite room on the upper floor of the house. He liked to read up there because the room was so airy and well-ventilated. The second was Rajkot, where Gandhi lived as a boy. He attended the stately Alfred High School in the background (now known as Mohandas Gandhi High School) and loved to play cricket. The last (and my personal favorite) was Gandhi as a young lawyer in Mumbai, getting off the train in the Churchgate...

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