Mahatma Gandhi

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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Grandfather Gandhi Book Trailer

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Book's Journey, Illustrations, Mahatma Gandhi, Outreach | Comments Off on Grandfather Gandhi Book Trailer

In honor of today’s release of Grandfather Gandhi, may we present the book trailer. Illustration & Animation by Evan Turk Music: “Ambwa” used by permission of artist Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami Voices: Arun Gandhi & Bethany Hegedus Sound: Evan Turk, Carrington MacDuffie & The Block House, Justin Yelle & Kaotic Studios, and William Dufris & Mind’s Eye Productions. Project Management: Curious...

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On Visting Aga Kahn Palace

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Book's Journey, By Bethany Hegedus, Mahatma Gandhi | Comments Off on On Visting Aga Kahn Palace

By Bethany Hegedus Our family trip to India took us to Pune; where my husband’s family now lived, Agra; home of the Taj Mahal, and Lucknow; where the family wedding would take place and where my husband was raised. I desperately wanted to go to Wardha, to the Sevagram ashram where Arun lived with his grandfather is, but our schedule wouldn’t allow for it. But in Pune, there was the Aga Kahn Palace, and on a bright sunny day, we headed there. Arun’s grandmother Katurba had died at the Aga Kahn Palace, both she and her husband and many of his aides were interned—imprisoned there from 1942-1944. As the ports were closed to Arun’s family in South Africa, during WWII, Arun was not able to see his grandmother again before she passed. I went to the Aga Kahn Palace with that knowledge heavy in my heart. We walked—my husband, his childhood friend Gopal, and our nephew Anand— through the rooms that now held statues and paintings of Mohandas K. Gandhi and paperwork from the Quit India Movement. We stood outside the glass partition that separated visitors from the room where the Mahatma and his wife were kept interned and outside that room, there under glass were Gandhiji’s sandals, his spectacles and a few other belongings. I took pictures and touched the glass, wishing I could touch the sandals, that walked alongside Arun, that almost out walked him, with his grandfather’s hurried strides, as is depicted so brilliantly by Evan Turk in the Grandfather Gandhi illustrations. At the back of the palace in the gardens, Gandhi’s ashes are on display. I stood there thinking about how Arun had just travelled back to South Africa from Sevagram, a few weeks before Gandhi was shot and killed. Like with his grandmother, Arun was not able to return for the funeral pyre. It was a very personal pilgrimage to me. Every moment I was in India, participating in a traditional Hindu wedding, meeting my husband’s family, seeing where my husband lived as a boy—all of it was personal but going to the Aga Kahn Palace was the closest connection I had to the work I had done with Arun on Grandfather Gandhi. I stayed in the gardens for a bit, and as we left, a bus with some school children pulled in. Then another bus. And another. I had my camera and I began taking pictures of the hundreds of kids who were there for a school trip. I became less and less shy as more and more buses pulled in. I began to talk to the kids, “What are you here to see?” “Gandhi’s ashes,” they answered. Eventually the kids began to pose for me, giving me high fives, and peace signs as they passed. My husband, nephew and family friend waited for me. In fact, Anand had to move the car we were driving so the buses wouldn’t pack us in, but none of them rushed me as I stood there in that sea of kids, in various different school uniforms, and smiled. Their past and my past, in that moment, were...

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