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Author of the month : Group Captain D.P. Apte (Retd.)

 

It’s rightly said that people can make an impression in fractions of seconds. Our encounter with Retd. Group Caption D.P. Apte was one such, that left an impression impossible to undo. His non – verbal cues, body language, clothes, mannerism and warm smile did complete justice to his effusive, calm and trusting personality.

After the success of his book ‘Reboot Your Mind’, he has now translated the book into Marathi for a wider audience.

We had so many questions in our minds about book and he patiently walked us through them. Here is a summary.

Please take us back to that time where you acquired NLP skills?

“ I have an engineering background. The Indian Air Force encouraged every aeronautical engineer to take up courses that would help them enhance their skills. It was back then that I enrolled myself in training sessions at England which was sponsored by the UK Government. During this time, I accidentally walked into a NLP session. It was not something I was looking forward to but I learnt things in those classes and then let them lie with me. This was the end of NLP for me, or so I thought. I had no idea that these sessions would change my life, in the near future, and in turn help me change the lives of other people.”

When and how did you start practising these skills?

“After my retirement when I was a professor at MIT, I was conducting a statistics lecture when a girl in the class fainted. She was in real pain and was rushed to the hospital. I was a bit concerned about her and hence decided to pay a visit. She told me that she suffered from severe migraine and was used to the routine of medication that involves tablets, injections and therapies. But that nothing really helps.
I asked her to take up a session with me and assured her that her migraine would subside. I treated her, gave her some simple exercises to practise and she left. It was after a week or two when she came to me, dancing with joy about how her pain had vanished into thin air. It’s been 3 years since then; she doesn’t suffer from migraine, is happily married and leads a normal, happy life. The best part is that she still practises all those exercises that I had recommended her to follow.”

Do you remember any such special cases that you have dealt with?

“Ohh yes, of course I do! I can never forget the people I have come across in this field because each of them was battling with anxiety, depression, low self esteem and many such untold, unsaid issues. It is we ourselves who are our best mirror. Only we can decide that something is wrong with us and to what extent. And that is exactly when we must reach out to the right people who can be the best help.”
“ One case I remember, the boy was suffering from depression and would have committed suicide. He approached me and my sessions helped him.The other case had a girl dealing with a rollercoaster of emotions and couldn’t approve of the male touch as she was a victim of child abuse. We worked on her case, with sensitivity, and today she is happily married.”

How do these exercises work?

“People suffering from some mental blockage must be treated very sensibly. They need special help. They must connect to you, should feel that you understand their pain and must relate to their state of mind. I help them reprogram their mind, divert their mind to positive thoughts and distract them from their pain.”
“One should practise these exercises that I ask them to. It is always healthy to practise one exercise 100 times than practising 100 different exercises once.There is a routine that you follow and that helps you make an affirmative change.”

How would you summarise the book?

”This small yet comprehensive do-it-yourself type book helps in harnessing the power of the subconscious mind. I have counselled more than 1,000 people suffering from depression, phobias, stress, addiction and emotional issues. I often fail, to make people realise that I do not possess superpowers and there is no magic. It is the state of mind here that we are dealing with. The idea of this book, came to my mind because it is not possible for me to reach out and stretch a helping hand to every person out there, who is fighting his own battle.”
He further added ,” I want to express my deepest gratitude to Vishwakarma Publications. They have been a great platform for this book and have enabled me to offer self-help to resolve people’s issues.”

In conclusion, do you think that this book can be of the same help and would have the same effects as your sessions?

“Definitely. I have put the book in the format that it will enable the reader to do the exercises on their own. One must read and re-read the book to understand what exactly is to be done and how it works for them and their problems.”

What Does it Mean to be Literate?

“We need to redefine literacy in a swiftly changing world and skill development has to be an essential feature of literacy programmes.”

8th September is marked as the International Literacy Day by UNESCO to raise awareness globally on the issues surrounding adult and child literacy. The day aims to draw attention to literacy more than just the ability to read and write rather it locates literacy in the context of the needs of the changing world by using a different theme each year. The theme for 2018 is “Literacy and Skill Development”

Redefining Literacy

India boasts of a 74% literary rate. Not bad? Wait…think again! It might look respectable  on a country wide level but it is unevenly distributed and concentrated mostly in Southern India. We often hear horror stories about the deplorable state of public schools, low teacher-student ratio and poor mathematical and reading skills of  students in Bihar or Uttar Pradesh.

In the contemporary context, is the traditional definition of literacy,  the ability to read and write, relevant? What should be the purpose of literacy? Who can be called literate in the true sense? In my opinion being literate should at least mean two things – being adequately equipped with relevant skills to find employment and to become a thinking, socially conscious citizens.   

Our literacy rate is not a true indicator either of the parameters. According to reports 94% of engineering graduates are not fit to be hired due to inadequate skills. Likewise only 7% of MBA graduates are employable, the rest earn a meager salary of Rs. 8-10 k/month.

Are the people who are employed, truly literate? or are they simply ‘educated illiterates’? Literacy can not narrowly mean securing good grades and taking up corporate jobs. It also means the ability to think critically, the ability to put the learnings to use, to take decisions, to innovate, to evolve and to be able to differentiate between right and wrong. A cursory look at the responses and engagements on social media and in personal conversations about socio-political issues and one is appalled by the lack of well informed,  well thought out opinions.

Literacy and skill development.

Literacy must be freed of the shackles of the baggage of rudimentary familiarity with the basic alphabet and mathematical operations. The million-dollar question though remains, how? We must begin at the beginning. The right to education has been a good beginning but its purpose is defeated by the abysmal standards of public schools. Apathy towards infrastructural development, poor quality of teaching, political interference, and low accountability have ensured our schools turn into cesspools of mediocrity and appalling illiteracy. What must be done then? A radical shift. Delhi is a good example of what targeted investment, accountability and trainings can yield. Delhi’s public schools have undergone a complete transformation thanks to a generous education budget, mega infrastructural improvements combined with teacher training. It is reflected in the 90.6% pass rate of students from public schools leaving behind the private schools in the city. This is true even of private schools. The rote style of education with no hands on training, and outdated curriculum implies by the time the child is out of high school, she has learnt very little. Ambitious government programs like Atal Tinkering Labs, Atal Incubation Centers, online resources in form of e- books etc.  by NITI Ayog are positive endeavours in this direction. They allow the students to get hands on training in STEM, promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. But, the scope and reach of the programmes needs to be greatly expanded. It needs to include managerial training, handicraft production, policy development. Unless our schools are motivated to outdo themselves in all aspects – be it infrastructure, or be it teaching, or student feedback, or collaborations with industry, we are doomed to a fast swelling literate population with little skills.

Afterthought

In 2016 the UN named Finland the world’s most literate nation in the world. It didn’t come as a surprise as Finland is a nation where libraries and public transport remain open till late at night while malls close early. It’s the opposite in many parts of the world.

Finns are amongst the world’s most enthusiastic users of public libraries – the country’s 5.5 million people borrow close to 68 million books a year. With such a robust reading culture in place, it is no surprise that Finland is amongst the very few countries of the world to have achieved 100%  literacy rate.

We in India need to foster a strong culture for reading and love for learning and explore oneself to achieve the real meaning of literacy.

References-

https://indianexpress.com/article/education/only-7-of-indias-b-school-graduates-employable-rest-earn-8-10k-study/

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/may/15/why-finlands-cities-are-havens-for-library-lovers-oodi-helsinki

https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/featurephilia/story/engineering-employment-problems-329022-2016-07-13

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/jobs/only-6-of-those-passing-out-of-indias-engineering-colleges-are-fit-for-a-job/articleshow/64446292.cms

The author of this article Richa Singh is a content writer with Investronaut. She is a voracious reader and a keen traveller.

“चौकट वाटोळी”वरील एक अभिप्राय

 

अविनाश, तुमचं ‘चौकट वाटोळी‘ वाचलं. खूप आवडलं! मी समिक्षक-टिकाकार नसून फक्त वाचक आहे. मुखपृष्ठ आकर्षक, लिखाण साधं सोपं. अलंकार-उत्प्रेक्षा नाहीत. वळणं-आडवळणं नाहीत. प्रवाही लेखन. सस्पेन्स-गूढ नसतानाही उत्कंठा वाढत जाते..वाचत रहावं वाटत रहातं.. विषय परीचयाचा, तरीही ‘आता पुढे काय?’ हे पहायचं भान वाढत जातं! आत्ताच्या काळाचं भान येत रहातं. कनिष्ठ मध्यमवर्गीय मानसिकतेतून बाहेर पडून स्वत:चा मार्ग शोधणारी नायिका न पटता पटायला लागते! तिला आवडणारा आडदांड सेक्स बोल्ड असूनही गैर वाटत नाही.. हे वास्तव नजरेआड करता येत नाही! तुमची पहिलीच कादंबरी पुढच्या अपेक्षा वाढविते. कधी कधी थोडी नाटकी वाटते.. उदा, सासूने केलेली कलालांची उलटतपासणी! राउण्ड वन गो टू सासू.. वगैरे. पुस्तक वाचायला उशीर झाला, कारण पंधरा दिवसद मी बाहेर होतो आणि लायब्ररीची आधी आणलेली पुस्तकं वेळेवर परत करायची होती.. पण वाचायला घेतल्यानंतर ते दिवसभरात संपलं. हे पुस्तकाचं यश! ‘चौकट वाटोळी’ हे नाव कसं सुचलं?

वाचताना हे जाणवत होतं की आपण एक सुक्ष्म (mini) महाभारत वाचत आहोत.. तसं महाभारत तर प्रत्येक घरात, समाजात घडत असतं.. हेवे-दावे, ईर्षा, शह-काटशह-प्रतिशह, महत्त्वाकांक्षा, स्वार्थ,मनाची आंदोलनं चालतच असतात! आणि शेवटी हार-जीत कुणाची होते? तर कुणाचीच नाही.. महाभारत घडून गेल्यावर.. फक्त एक अस्वस्थ शांतता.. सगळे विजयी पांडव एकाकी चालत रहातात! चौकट वाटोळी होत, सासूच्या व्यवहारी भूमिकेनं चौकटच रहाते! तुम्हाला असंच म्हणायचं होतं की नाही हे माहीत नाही.. पण मला मात्र असं वाटलं.

अभिप्राय : सतीश सुंके, ठाणे.

 

वाटा दुर्गभ्रमणाच्या – दुर्गप्रेमींसाठी एक नवी भेट

सातारा हा गडकिल्ले आणि पर्यटनस्थळे यांनी संपन्न असलेला जिल्हा. साताऱ्याची शान आलेल्या अजिंक्यतारा किल्ल्यापासून ते पार वारुगड संतोषगडापर्यंत असलेले किल्ले, कास – बामणोली सारखी पर्यटनस्थळे किंवा अगदी पाटेश्वर यवतेश्वर सारखी नितांत सुंदर मंदिरे ही सातारा जिल्ह्याची खरी दौलत !!

पण सातारा जिल्ह्यातल्या दुर्गवैभवावर प्रकाश पाडणारं Exclusive पुस्तक बाजारात उपलब्ध नव्हतं. अनेक दुर्गलेखकांनी त्यांच्या अनोख्या शैलीत सातारा जिल्ह्यातल्या किल्ल्यांवर जरी लेखन केलं असलं तरी पूर्ण या जिल्ह्याच्या किल्ल्याचं सखोल वर्णन करणारं पुस्तक हे गिर्यारोहकांसाठी Most Awaited होतं आणि ती कमी भरून काढली आहे पुण्याचे अभ्यासू ट्रेकर संदीप तापकीर यांनी.

सातारा जिल्ह्यात एकूण 25 किल्ले आहेत. पुस्तकाची सुरुवात साताऱ्याचा मानबिंदू आलेल्या अजिंक्यतारा किल्ल्यापासून होते. गडावर येण्याचे मार्ग, गडदर्शन व गडाचा उपलब्ध इतिहास या तीन भागात पुस्तकाची विभागणी केली आहे. अजिंक्यतारा किल्ल्याची संपूर्ण माहिती व इतिहास वाचूनच पुस्तकातील इतर किल्ल्यांच्या Detailing बद्दलची खात्री पटते. प्रतापगड किल्ल्याबद्दलचे प्रकरण तर लेखकाने अत्यंत तपशीलवार लिहिले असून इतिहासही रोमांचकारी वाटेल अश्या ओघवत्या भाषेत लिहिला आहे.

पुस्तकाचे अजून एक वैशिष्ट्य म्हणजे प्रत्येक किल्ल्याच्या प्रकरणात त्या किल्ल्याच्या आजूबाजूला असणारी प्रेक्षणीय स्थळे सुद्धा लेखकाने मुद्दामून नमूद केली आहेत. त्यामुळे ट्रेकरची दृष्टी फक्त किल्ल्यापुरती मर्यादित न राहता आजूबाजूच्या पर्यटनस्थळं व ऐतिहासिक स्मारकांवरही त्याचे लक्ष आवर्जून वेधले जाते.

सातारा जिल्ह्यातले प्रसिद्ध किल्ले सोडता महिमंडणगड, पांडवगड, भूषणगड,गुणवंतगड, भैरवगड इत्यादी किल्ले तसे फारसे ट्रेकर्सच्या नकाशावर नाहीत. पण या पुस्तकाद्वारे त्यांची नव्याने ओळख लेखकाने करून दिली आहे. पुस्तकाचे अजून एक वैशिष्ट्य म्हणजे पुस्तकातील किल्ल्यावरच्या वास्तू दाखवणारे नकाशे. हे नकाशे आणि गडाची माहिती सोबत घेऊन गड फिरल्यावर एक नवा अनुभव ट्रेकर्सना मिळेल यात शंकाच नाही.

सर्वात महत्त्वाचे म्हणजे संतोषगड किल्ल्याचा कायापालट करणाऱ्या पुण्याच्या “शिवसह्याद्री दुर्गसंवर्धन” या संस्थेच्या कार्याची माहिती या पुस्तकात असून त्यांनी गडावर केलेलं काम व त्यामुळे गडाच्या रूपात पडलेला आमूलाग्र फरक याबद्दल त्यांना योग्य ते श्रेय द्यायला लेखक विसरलेले नाहीत.

पुस्तकात सुधारणेला वाव आहे ते म्हणजे पुस्तकातील किल्ल्यांचे फोटो. कृष्णधवल छायाचित्रे असल्याने त्याच्या छपाईदरम्यान येणारे मर्यादित स्वरूप स्वाभाविक आहे. पण पुढच्या आवृत्त्यांमध्ये रंगीत छायाचित्रे देता आल्यास व ते किमतीच्या गणितात बसत असल्यास पुस्तकाचा दर्जा अजून उजवा ठरेल.

थोडक्यात सातारा जिल्यातील किल्ल्यांचे Ready Recknor संदीप तापकीर यांनी ट्रेकर्ससाठी पेश केलं आहे. अगदी माफक किमतीत हा खजिना तुमच्या हातात पडणार आहे.त्याचा नक्की लाभ घ्यावा आणि हे दुर्गवैभव आवर्जून अभ्यासा हीच सदिच्छा

 

पुस्तक नाव: वाटा दुर्गभ्रमणाच्या : सातारा जिल्ह्यातील किल्ले

अभिप्राय : ओंकार ओक

Pune International Literary Festival 2018 – Manuscript Competition

The Pune International Literary Festival (PILF) 2018 will soon be upon us.  Every year, PILF along with Vishwakarma Publications, the publishing partner, holds a contest for fiction/non-fiction writers. We invite submissions from unpublished writers which will be judged and three winners will be rewarded with a publishing contract.  Submissions can be in either English or Marathi.

Such contests go far beyond encouraging the talented writers, they play a broader role of bridging the gap between quality narratives and the market. Not to mention the heartaches and hassles of publishing with big publications.

What then is the relation of literature or art to the market? In the world of Rupi Kaur and Instagram poetry, what is the role of the market in determining the quality and role of art? Is the market redundant now? Such questions have no easy answers. However, it is undeniable that the processes of transmitting and publishing literature have changed drastically. While change is always a part of nature, the advent of small presses has changed the complexion of the literary landscape in ways never imagined. The expansion of opportunities it has brought to the neglected artists is unprecedented both in scale and impact.

The history of small presses in India is a chequered one. Clearing House, the poetry publishing collective was started by Avind Krishna Mehrotra, along with poets Adil Jussawalla, Gieve Patel and Arun Kolatkar, in erstwhile Bombay in the mid 70s. The collective aimed at publishing manuscripts that were not considered publication-worthy by presses like Oxford. The collective went on to publish several path breaking books like Arun Kolatkar’s  ‘Jejuri’ – considered a modern classic. In the same vein, the little magazine movement in 60’s gave vernacular literature in India a new lease of life. The legacy they have left behind demands that it be accorded a worthy successor. Vishwakarma Publications is part of this worthy succession.

But is it enough to rest on the laurels of history, and justify everything from rosy tints of nostalgia? Absolutely not! We must delve into reasons that justify why such contests by publishers are necessary.

First and foremost is the basic economic principle of supply existing in relation to demand. There is a profusion of talented fiction writers as well as of other literary forms in the country. They tell such compelling stories of human frailties of our times and demand a place in the world of readers. Second, it is a common complaint, and largely true, that the big reputed presses are greatly motivated by considerations of monetary gain. Money making has moved to the top of the publishers’ priority – a common lament in the artistic world.

Contests as the one by PILF & Vishwakarma Publications, invert this pyramid of economic logic. Their primary concern is with showcasing the quality. It also takes care of the other problem – networking. In the publishing world, it is a common observation, you need the invisible hand of a mentor over your head to be considered for reputed publishing houses. If you are a nobody, your manuscript will not get much of a look, much less attention. At Vishwakarma Publications, and fellow upcoming publishing houses like Dhauli Books, RedLeaf, The Great Indian Poetry Collective, Hawakal and Ki, we go by a different philosophy – the philosophy of democracy. Every manuscript is equally important, and receives equal attention. It effectively ensures that no one receives any patronage, nor is anyone unduly discriminated against. The only criterion is talent and quality of the narrative. What happens as a result? The diversity in voices is necessarily a good thing, and it enriches the literary scene, more specifically the fiction scene in the country. It does so at minimal expense to the author, and with little effort on his part. It can only lead to the encouragement of budding writers and contributes directly to the fiction scene in the country.

Second, it breaks the monopoly of the big presses. Confronted with compelling fiction and literature, they will be forced to revise their processes, and their standards. The reader will ultimately gain.

Third, it is a well established fact that the intellectual prowess of a nation depends largely upon the quality of work they read. Young readers, especially in the era of Chetan Bhagat and rom-com fiction have lost touch with quality work, as presses only concern themselves with the economic outcomes. Naturally, this leads to a dumbing down of the youth, and they are hindered in evolving creative and thoughtful responses to the challenges facing them. In a global economy where a sound knowledge of English language is the prerequisite they suffer from lack of reading quality work. Endeavours like that of Vishwakrma Publications ensure that this is not the case anymore as it brings quality work to the literary scene. In a manner of speaking, it is an act of nation-making.

Kashmiri poet, Agha Shahid Ali famously remarked:

The world is full of paper.
Write to me.

The contest echoes those blessed words, and seeks among other things voices that compel, nudge and goad readers in directions yet hidden for the want of an explorer. Let the words flow!

Authored by Richa Singh, Content Writer, Investronaut

 

Rajesh Hendre on his latest book ‘Shakespeare chya Deshatil Kavi’

Rajesh Hendre, a writer by choice and an engineer by profession leads us on a journey of the forgotten era when English playwrights and their work were looked at as a celebrated form of art and entertainment.

Born into an academically inclined family, he spent his early life in Junnar, a small town in the north of Pune. Even after working as an engineer, he continued his pursuit of learning and loving English literature. After 15 years of corporate service, he left his job to follow his passion for writing.

Presently, he is working in editing department at Lokmat. In this new book ‘Shakespeare chya Deshatil Kavi’  he introduces us to a few English poets and their lives. He has written many feature articles and was an active playwright during his college days. He has written poems on Kusumagraj, a well known poet in Marathi, and was appreciated by the poet for his sensual style of writing and his creative bent of mind. Here Rajesh shares with us some insights about his new book.

The concept is quite unusual and different. How did the idea of writing the book come about?

Well, it came about as a random thought when I was talking to my friend, Pradip Niphadkar,

Just like old times, we were having chai and chatting about random stuff, when he spoke about poets and their works of art. He said, “There is no perceived significance as to how a poet’s life influences his art form. If there was a way we would have known, we could appreciate their poems in completely different manner.” As a rejoinder I shared some unknown incidents from the lives of Geoffrey Chaucer, Sir Walter Releigh, Byron and, Hardy. I didn’t think about it after our meeting, but, Pradip did not forget. Months later, Pradip left his job and went on to publish his own magazine ‘KavyaDeep.’ He asked me to write a feature article, for his magazine, on one of the poets and his lifestyle. The article had a good response, and he asked me to contribute regularly to his magazine. I went on to further develop this collection into a book.

Can you tell us a little more about the reason for choosing this subject?

One thing that the world deserves to know is how similar we are to them. Yet, what impact these people have made to the lives of people centuries later is unknown. Today, we  learn their works and research them. But, when these poets & writers lived, they were not valued much. People deserve to know their story, and simply glorifying them for their work is not enough. We need to understand the real depths of their work and that can happen only when people understand the personality completely.

How did you go about writing this book?

As much as a cliche it may sound now, only when I wrote my own book did I understand why writers call their books, their babies. Well, similarly, this one is close to my heart. Whilst, researching, I have put all my effort into being authentic and I have detailed each and every fact I could find about them. This was hard-work. It is not easy to just find the facts and write about them. The tediousness was in checking the authenticity of those facts. For example, there will be many who will claim that after Geoffrey Chaucer, the world did not find a good poet for over a century. However, when it came to finding out if this was a fact, it was difficult to validate this point. Through this book, I have experienced much. As I was unfolding their stories and hardships, I was reliving the Elizabethan age in my own way.

What can we learn from these poets?

Oh there is much that I have written in the book. And as you get to know them, you are bound to get involved with them as you read. These poets were just like us, but still very different. These poets have enjoyed life, have faced failures, risen from ashes and then gone back to being anonymous. Likewise, we have heard many stories of famous personalities losing fame and prosperity. Yet it did not deter their spirit of writing. Their poems acquaint us with the beauty of the world, the tragedy of  society, and in some cases, the monologues they had with nature. Whilst they wrote their masterpieces, they also enjoyed the pleasures of life. There was Byron who was a known Casanova. Women threw themselves at him. His charisma and his way with words made many fall in love with him. There were no flings or tragic denials but they loved him with pure love and from their heart. Then there was Sir Milton whom very few know has written most of his work after he became blind. Or the fact that Shakespeare was a revered playwright, and was also well known for his sonnets in his times. 

Is there more to Rajesh other than books and writing?

I am a very simple person as such. And if you ask me what more? Well, this is all that is to me. I am passionate about writing. Its the reason I left my well paying  job that afforded me a good lifestyle and became a dedicated full-time writer.

The 11 Best environment books for World Environmental Day

Whilst procrastinating on what to write for this month’s article, the calendar gently fluttering on my bedroom wall caught my eye. And there it was, June 5th marked as the ‘World Environment Day’. Schools, colleges, bureaucrats, intellectuals and many others use this day to discuss about the significance of this day and the measures that need to be taken to tackle the current environmental crisis.

We thought, as a publishing house, we would use this opportunity to curate  a reading list on this topic. Those not inclined to reading non-fiction will find these eleven books a wonderful mix of fiction and non-fiction.  Read on and enjoy!


1. Green Growth-A guide to a model Green City

Arun Firodiya, the writer of the Green Growth, and chairman of the Kinetic Group,   argues that the rate of carbon emission of the developing countries is more as     compared to developed countries. In his book, he describes the key to further the economy of India and curb the impact of environmental degradation. He suggests innovative ways to deal with stalemate growth and the economy. Categorized under non-fiction, he speaks largely about ways to make Pune a Green City and how in turn it can lend to the global environmental health.

 

 

 

 

2. Elemental India

Written by Meera Subramanian, the book focuses on the change in ecology through the medium of five primary elements of life and how its imbalance has left the environment insecure. The writer is an American journalist of Indian origin, and maintains a neutral voice on the issues of environment rather than blaming different authorities. She writes on enterprising individuals who are fighting environmental destruction whilst keeping the five primary elements of life in harmony. She asks policy planners to evolve an India model of development, which is more proactive and permanent.

 

 

 

 

3. Indica: A deep natural history of the Indian sub-continent

Told through the thrilling tales of rocks and topography, Pranay subtly introduces us to the geological persona of Indian subcontinent. Pranay Lal’s ‘Indica’ narrates the facts about Indian continent and uncovers the myths and misconception of ecological evolution. All the believe-it-or-not facts are scattered through out the book solidly backed by Pranay’s keen research in this field of study.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Indira Gandhi- A Life in Nature

Many call her the Indian version of Margaret Thatcher. But, very few know her environmentalist side of personality. ‘Indira Gandhi – A life in Nature’ is an environmental memoir written by Jairam Ramesh. The writer Jairam Ramesh, elevates her in this new perspective. This unusual biography narrates stories of newly Independent India, Indira’s emergence as an environmental advocate and the challenges of federalism. Categorized under non-fiction, Ramesh anchors the book with personal and official letters, describing jail time and the concerns of the lady Prime Minister of India, about the environment even in the time of personal crisis. Even as, Ramesh has   showcased Indira Gandhi as an environmentalist, the parts where he describes greenbelt plantations and Indian fauna through her perception, the book speaks generously about the Indian environmental scenario

 

 

 

5. The Great Derangement- Climate change and the Unthinkable

Coming from the most decorated fiction writer, Amitav Ghosh, this work of non-fiction brings a completely different perspective to climate change.

In his book ‘The Great Derangement’, Amitav Ghosh speaks about draughts, cyclones and floods. He has build arguments by bringing together personal stories, folklore, the work of writers, anthropologists, scientists, economists and ecologists on the said subject. Through this book, he has analyzed and provoked a debate on the rise of contemporary culture that has failed to confront climate change and how it invokes a cultural crisis throughout the world.

If you are tired of reading the cliched effects of climate change on environment, this book will allow you to know an unusual angle to the climate change story.

 

 

6. Shantaram

For those who have read the book, know for certain that this book is anything but a book on environment. But, Shantaram, takes us to the nooks and corners of India through his well described  geographical regions of India. Shantaram is a work of fiction based on the living experience of an Australian fugitive settled in India. While the protagonist travels to different parts of India, from bustling Mumbai streets to the remote villages of Maharashtra, the book, part by part describes the environmental diversity of the nation. It demystifies flourishing vegetation found on countryside and the polluting environment of the metro city. And for this, Shantaram must be considered under eco-fiction as a genre

 

 

 

 

7. The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans and our Quest to understand Earth’s past Mass Extinctions

This painstakingly researched book written by award-winning journalist Peter Brannen talks about the previous five mass-extinctions and how the world is on the brink of a sixth one. Unlike other books, ‘The Ends of the World’ speaks more about science, technology and ecology that has led to changes in the proportion of oxygen, nitrogen and carbon.

If you have seen the movie ‘Life of Pi’, it showcases an island full of poisonous plants and chemical algae. For those, who might have dared to ask how and why, ‘The Ends of the World’ will answer all your questions. In his book, Peter tells us how dramatically the ecology changes when there is a gradual shift in climatic conditions.

 

 

 

8. Our Toxic World

Who says children environmental books are drab and unenjoyable? ‘Our Toxic World’ is the best graphical novel authored by Aniruddha Sengupta and Priya Kurian. The book introduces the effects of hazardous chemicals through the eyes of the ordinary Sachdeva family. It subtly familiarizes us with the toxic substances of automobile, construction, industrial pollution and green laws to chemicals, wastes and food toxins. It not only describes the bad picture of environmental hazards but shows us alternative routes to minimize their presence as well

 

 

 

 

9. The Ouch & Moo Books

The Ouch & Moo books is a combination of prose and poems solely revolving around the theme of environment. Written by Trupti Godbole, Govind Mukundan and Poonam Bir Kasturi this children’s duology explains how using plastic tampers with the environment. Different poems and paragraphs explain the hazards of a changing environment through the eyes of a cow. Apart from short stories and interesting prose, it includes fun games for children that introduce various ways of recycling. The Ouch & Moo books is a mix of fiction and non-fiction with tips, trivia, short stories and different ways to manage waste.

 

 

 

 

10. The Cycle’s Dream

This is another children book based on the environment. Authored by Prabhat and illustrated by Bidyut Rai, this a story of a cycle who desires to become a motorcycle. And after it has accomplished her dream, it reaches a point where the oil from the whole world is finished and then finds itself useless.

The book introduces different facets of environment through its moral centric story of over-consumption of resources, the depletion of atmosphere, the climate change due to releasing of poisonous chemicals etc. ‘The Cycle’s Dream’ brings to us the environment through a careful sequential turn of events experienced by the cycle, thus focusing on the need for an eco-friendly lifestyle.


 
11. My Husband and Other Animals

My husband and other animals is a book of essays solely on the subject of animals, their lifestyle and the surroundings. Written by Janaki Lenin, this book briefly speaks about animals and their behaviour.  The book is a narration of her personal experiences and her encounters with different species. My Husband and Other Animals is a whimsical combination of humour, irreverence, science and history.

What do kids want in their story books?

It was not until I had a tete-a-tete with my six year old nephew, did I realize that the magazine culture for kids isn’t quite the same when we were kids. Summer vacations for us meant mangoes, summer camps and a pile of children’s magazines our parents had carefully selected for us.

Does one  sympathize with today’s young readers or do we envy them because they have new things to keep them engaged? There are new games, playstations, learning videos and digital features that are much more informative, entertaining and interesting, than the things that we had access to in our childhood.

Two decades ago, stories for children  were  simply structured. Publishers suggest that there was a certain ‘divorced from living context’ that appeared in every children’s book. We either  had the western influence of fantasy of past kings, queens, princesses and fairy tales or we had Indian mythology and Panchatantra. There was no experimentation, no nuances and no relatable content, resulting in only 32% kids reading 24 books annually (‘Kids and Family Reading Report, 2017’ conducted by Scholastic publishing house and research institute YouGov).

Today, there is a different generation of parents bringing up the child. In a world where technology has become fundamental to living, and there is an outpouring of unsystematic information, books appear to matter a lot as they act as a thoughtful connection of knowledge conceptualization and information in an imaginative way.

Therefore, there is a dire need to bring a paradigm change in kids story  books, fiction and non-fiction. Indian authors of children’s books, as well as publishers are voicing new interests and new genres fit for all age-groups and for culturally diverse young readers.

Reading helps children evolve. It makes them creative and contributes to their overall growth. A children’s book needs to impart an universal objective whilst breaking all the language barriers, overcoming socio-economic hurdles and challenging proximal indulgence. They are naturally curious, and also have diverse tastes like an adult reader. Thus, it is important for them to see their imagination, their language, their thoughts being reflected in the books they choose.

Indian authors of children’s books, therefore, are trying to set a new trend in their writings and bring out a new objective through their books. Books like ‘The Ninja Sparrow’ and ‘Prankestein’ narrate humorous aphorisms of typical Indian families. Treating the child as a serious reader, the writers are incorporating life’s grey areas into their writings. Earlier, writers shied away from showing the true side of cultural and economic conditions. So all you could find in any children books, was pure fantasy and an imagined world. Writers are acknowledging the pluralistic Indian culture, nuclear families, urban life and are painting appropriate scenarios for their readers.

Apart from story books, publishers are concentrating equally on non-fiction books for kids. Informative and educational books find equal space in this genre. Writers of the informative and educational books have their own ways of engaging the kids with an interesting read and fun activities. The best-selling banker turned thriller writer Ravi Subramanium explains finances to children through his book ‘My First Book of Money’. Shrikant Nagvenkar also,  who has written ’Science Show’ is transforming scientific activities learnt in school into a fun way of learning through his book.

CONCLUSION

It is undeniable that children are selective readers. Many of them look at reading as a chore. Only 3 out of 10 children, choose non-syllabus books. 85% of children are more devoted to books that they choose. If given a choice of reading that what connects to them, this proportion can be changed with contribution by authors and the publishers. 

‘मोघ पुरुस’ या कादंबरीविषयी ज्येष्ठ साहित्यिक श्रीपाल सबणीस आणि भारत सासणे यांचा अभिप्राय

 मोघ पुरुस या कादंबरीविषयी ज्येष्ठ साहित्यिक श्रीपाल सबनीस आणि भारत सासणे यांचा अभिप्राय

 

मोघ पुरुस मराठीतली एक महत्त्वाची, समकालीन प्रयोगशील कलाकृती

प्रतिक पुरी यांची ‘मोघ पुरुस’ ही कादंबरी, सध्याच्या राजकीय, सामाजिक, आर्थिक, सांस्कृतिक असे अनेक प्रकारचे विस्फोट होण्याच्या कालखंडात आली आहे. भारतात आणि महाराष्ट्रातही दहशतीचं एक वातावरण असताना, भीतीच्या छायेखाली लोक वावरत असताना, या पुस्तकातला महंमद पैगंबर, बुद्ध, कृष्ण, साहित्यिक आणि तत्त्वज्ञानात्मक व्यक्तिरेखा, देवकोटीत जाऊन पोहोचणारी सर्व महापुरुष मंडळी, प्रस्तुत कादंबरीत एकत्र करणं, पचवणं, त्यांचा आपसांमध्ये संवाद घडवणं, त्यांचं स्वगत सांगणं, प्रत्येकाचं मनोविश्लेषण मांडणं, आणि या सर्वांमध्ये विकृती, क्रौर्य, विसंवाद, अशास्त्रीयता, अंधश्रद्धा, श्रद्धा या सगळ्यांना कट्टर तात्त्विक, वैचारिक, व्यावहारिक विरोध पेलून एक कलाकृतीचा प्रयत्न करणं, ही अवघड गोष्ट आहे. आणि तरीही कादंबरीचे नियम सांभाळतच नवीन प्रयोग करणारी ही कलाकृती आहे.

मोघ पुरुस म्हणजे अव्यवहारी; पण सत्याच्या शोधात असलेला मानवतावादी माणूस. मोघ पुरुस म्हणजे अज्ञानी पुरुष असाही एक अर्थ आहे; पण प्रत्यक्षात हा ज्ञानाचाच खेळ आहे. लेखकाची भूमिका ही देव-धर्म न मानण्याची आहे. पण देव मानणारा माणूस हा लेखक मानतो आहे. धर्म मानणारा माणूस हा त्याच्या चिंतनाचा, तळमळीचा व कळकळीचा विषय आहे. ही अत्यंत वेगळी भूमिका आहे. जग धार्मिक आहे आणि ते बदलता येत नाही. प्रत्येक धर्माचे महापुरुष हे एकमेकांच्या विरोधात नसले, तरीही त्यांचे भक्त मात्र एकमेकांच्या विरोधातले आहेत हे आपण अनुभवतो आहे. या परिस्थितीत हे बहुधार्मिक, बहुसांस्कृतिक जग तुम्ही मानवतेच्या एका सूत्रात कसं बांधणार? माणसाचा विकास तरी कसा करणार? विकासाचं युग केवळ जाहिरातीतून आणि थापा मारून आपल्याला सिद्ध करता येणार नाही. त्यासाठी शांतता पाहिजे आणि शांततेसाठी धार्मिक भांडणं मिटायला हवीत. ही भांडणं मिटवायची असतील तर मेंदूतला देव बाजूला ठेवला पाहिजे. हे जर करायचं असेल, तर धर्म मानणा-या बहुसंख्य लोकांच्या या जगात कसं वावरायचं याची विज्ञानवादी भूमिका या पुस्तकात मांडली आहे. त्यामुळेच ही कादंबरी ऐतिहासिक, सामाजिक, राजकीय, धार्मिक, सांस्कृतिक, तात्त्विक, तथ्यांची संवादी बेरीज मांडणारी आहे, असं मला वाटतं. यात संघर्ष नाही, तर एकूणच संस्कृतीचा गोफ गुंफलेला आहे. भूतकाळातून वर्तमानापाशी येत भविष्याशी सांधेजोड करणारी ही कादंबरी आहे.

ही कादंबरी मनोविश्लेषणात्मक आहे. दुःखाचा शोध आणि सत्याचा प्रवास हे या कादंबरीचं उद्दिष्ट आहे. ही कादंबरी माणूसकेंद्री आहे, त्यामुळे यात ईश्वरविरोधी चिंतन आहे. आस्तिकता श्रेष्ठ की नास्तिकता हा वाद जुना आहे. कोणांतही अंतिम सत्य दडलेलं नाही. पण इथं लेखकाची भावना ही प्रामाणिकपणाची आहे. तो देव आणि धर्म नाकारतो आणि माणसाला निर्णायक महत्त्व देतो. प्रेमापेक्षा जगात दुःखद असं काही नाही, प्रेमामुळेच दुःख निर्माण होतं अशी वेगळी मांडणी यात आहे.

लेखकाचं एक वैशिष्ट्य म्हणजे तो कोणत्याही देवाला, देवदूताला, प्रेषिताला केवळ ‘माणूस’च मानतोय, व त्यांना ‘महामानव’ म्हणूनच ओळखतो. माणूस या नात्यानंच त्यांची आत्मकथनं यात आहेत. मानवी मनांतील जातिधर्माची जळमटं दूर करणं हा या कादंबरीचा उद्देश आहे आणि त्यासाठी लेखक लिखाणाचं माध्यम निवडतो आहे. शाश्वत, वैश्विक प्रेमासाठी ही शोधयात्रा आहे. मराठीतली ही एक महत्त्वाची, समकालीन व प्रयोगशील कलाकृती आहे, असं मी मानतो.

–          श्रीपाल सबनीस, ज्येष्ठ साहित्यिक .भा..साहित्य संमेलनाध्यक्ष

 

माणसाला माणुसकीचा मार्ग दाखवणारी कादंबरी

‘मोघ पुरुस’ ही प्रतिक पुरी यांची कादंबरी नुकतीच प्रकाशित झाली आहे. ‘मोघ’ या शब्दाचा अर्थ आपण शब्दकोशांत शोधला, तर ‘स्वतःला अज्ञानी म्हणवणारा’ असा त्याचा एक अर्थ दिलेला आहे. स्वतःला अज्ञानी म्हणवणा-यांना खरंतर तो अज्ञानी नसतो हे मुद्दाम सांगण्याची गरज नाही. त्यामुळे ज्यांना ज्यांना प्रश्न पडतात आणि ज्यांना ज्यांना परंपरेमध्ये प्रश्न पडलेले आहेत, मग ती ग्रीक परंपरा असो, तिथे सॉक्रेटिस अनेक प्रश्न विचारतो, त्यांची उत्तरेही देतो, त्यांतून पुन्हा प्रश्न विचारतो, आणि बाजारात उभे राहून तिथे ही चर्चा व्हायची. ही प्रश्नांची परंपरा आहे आणि आपल्याकडेही उपनिषदांच्या माध्यमातून माणसाच्या मूलभूत जगण्याविषयीचे प्रश्न विचारले गेले आहेत व ती परंपरा आपल्याकडेही आहे. हा जो मोघ पुरुस आहे, ज्याच्याबद्दल प्रतिक सांगतोय, आणि बोलतोय, तो अंतिमतः ज्या कुठल्या आशावादाकडे येऊ पाहतोय, तो आशावाद महत्त्वाचा आहे. कारण तो याच उपरोल्लिखित परंपरेशी संबंधित आहे.

देवाचा शोध कोणी लावला याबद्दल आपल्याकडे खूप चर्चा झालेली आहे. अर्थात, त्यावर सुटसुटीतपणे कोणी कादंबरी लिहिली आहे का असं विचारलं, तर कोणतंच नाव समोर येत नाही. पण हा विचार सर्वस्वी खूप नवा आहे अशातला भाग नाही. देवाच्या या शोधापासून प्रतिक सुरुवात करतो. हा त्याचा प्रारंभबिंदू आहे; पण त्याबद्दल त्याला काही बोलायचं आहे असं मला वाटत नाही. माणसाचा शोध देवानं लावला हे तर सर्वांनी सांगितलंच. जे धर्मसंस्थापक आहेत, ते माणसाच्या आस्थेच्या संदर्भात बोलतात. माणूस आणि माणसाचं अस्तित्त्व आणि माणसाचं जगणं, त्याचे प्रश्न जे काही आहेत, त्याबदद्ल विशेषकरून चर्चा झालेली आहे.

या कादंबरीची एक गंमत अशी आहे की, बुद्ध, महावीराचा काळ व त्यांची चर्चा यात येतेच येते; पण यात एक लेखकही आहे, जो स्वतःला ‘विवेका’चा आवाज समजून इथं वावरतो. मला ही विशेष बाब वाटते. हा विवेक तुमचा-आमचाही विवेक आहे. हा विवेक, मन, गौतम, वेताळ, मोहम्मद, कृष्ण, येशू, तुकाराम, राम, ज्ञानेश्वर, नचिकेत, शंबूक, अश्वत्थामा अशी अनेक पात्रं यात येतात. या सर्वांनी परस्परांशी संवाद केलेले आहेत. आणि या सर्वांच्या संवादांनंतर विवेक येऊन स्वतःचं मत मांडतो आहे. त्यामुळे विवेकाचा आवाज जसा जागृत आहे, तशीच संवादाची एक सलग पार्श्वभूमीही त्याला आहे. प्रत्येक जण आपापल्या पद्धतीनं सांगतो आहे. हे सांगणं ‘देव’ या संकल्पनेविषयी आहे. आपल्या संपूर्ण परंपरेत काही मुद्दे महत्त्वाचे आहेत. ते म्हणजे जन्म, पुनर्जन्म, जीवन, मृत्यू, आणि या सर्वांचा नियंता म्हणून जर कोणी असेल तर तो देव. आता यात सांगितलेली ‘प्रेम’ ही संकल्पना सर्वच संस्थापकांनी सांगितली आहे. बायबलमध्ये स्थळ, काळ, पदार्थ यांच्यापलीकडे जाऊन ईश्वर आहे असं सांगितलं असलं, तरीही येशू प्रेमावर जास्त भर देतो. प्रतिकही त्यावर भर देतो ही मला अतिशय महत्त्वाची बाब दिसते. देव आहे की नाही या संकल्पनेवर तुम्ही किती डोकेफोड करणार आहात, हा प्रश्नच आहे. कारण देव हा माणसांनीच स्वतःच्या संरक्षणासाठी शोधलेला आहे. आता प्रतिक यासंबंधी बोलताना या कल्पनेच्या पुढे जाऊन एका आशावादाभोवती ही कादंबरी गुंफतो. त्यांत प्रेम आणि माणुसकी हे दोन महत्त्वाचे मुद्दे आहेत. माणसाला माणसासारखं जगणं का अवघड झालं आहे, या प्रश्नाभोवती ही कादंबरी फिरते. त्याची उत्तरंही तो शोधण्याचा प्रयत्न करतो आहे. तेव्हा माणूस आणि त्यानंतर येणारी माणुसकी हे जे काही अंतिम सत्य आहे असं जेव्हा तो म्हणतो, ते मला महत्त्वाचं वाटतं.

आजच्या समकालीन परिस्थितीमध्ये ‘माणूस’ हा केंद्रबिंदू मानून माणसाविषयीच्या आस्थेनं काही लिहिणं ही अत्यंत दुर्मिळ होत चाललेली बाब आहे. त्यासाठी या लेखकाचं अभिनंदन करायला पाहिजे की, त्याने हा वेगळा विषय हाताळला आहे. हे एक अवघड आव्हान आहे. प्रश्न विचारणं, आव्हान देणं आणि चिंतन करण्याची एक मोठी परंपरा आपल्याकडे आहेच. कबीर आणि झरतृष्ट यांचे उल्लेख मला यात आढळले नाहीत, ज्यांनी प्रेमाविषयी खूप काही लिहिलं आहे. पण ही कांदबरी शेवटी त्याच सत्याकडे घेऊन जाते, निष्कर्षाकडे घेऊन जाते की, ‘माणसाला जर जगायचे असेल. तर त्याला माणुसकीशिवाय दुसरा कोणताही तरणोपाय नाही. आणि ही माणुसकी जर जपायची असेल, त्याला तर ती प्रेमातून जपावी लागेल. त्यासाठी त्याला त्याचा अहंकार त्यागावा लागेल. त्यातूनच हा मनुष्य आपलं अस्तित्त्व टिकवून ठेवेल आणि ‘माणूस’ म्हणून त्याला जगता येईल.’ सर्व चिंतकांनी, धर्मसंस्थापकांनी, कवींनी, तत्त्वज्ञांनी जे चिंतन केलं आहे, त्याकडेच शेवटी ही कादंबरी आपल्याला घेऊन जाते, हे महत्त्वाचे आहे.

देवाविषयी सांगताना लेखक असं लिहितो की, “मी देव मानत नाही. देव ही जगातली सर्वांत मनमोहक आणि पवित्र अंधश्रद्धा आहे. जगातील अन्य सर्व अंधश्रद्धांची जनक व जननी म्हणजे देव. देव मानणं किंवा भुतावर विश्वास ठेवणं या दोन्ही गोष्टी माझ्या दृष्टीने केवळ अंधश्रद्धाच आहेत. कारण या दोन्ही गोष्टी अस्तित्त्वात नाहीत. त्यामुळे मी नास्तिक आहे.” जगभरातल्या चिंतकांनी पुढे काय होणार आहे यावरची चर्चा करत असताना असं सांगितलं आहे की, कदाचित इथून पुढे धर्म अस्तित्त्वात राहणार नाही. पण माणूस टिकायचा असेल, तर त्याला ‘माणूस’ म्हणून जगणं भाग आहे. धर्माचा त्याग केल्यानंतरच माणूस उत्क्रांतीच्या नियमाप्रमाणे पुढे प्रगती करू शकेल. आणि त्यांच्यातूनच त्याचं उन्नयन होणार आहे. या पद्धतीचा जो आशावाद आहे, तो या कादंबरीत मांडला आहे. शेवटी माणुसकी शिल्लक राहील आणि हे सांगणारे जे कोणी असतील, ते ‘मोघ पुरुस’ असतील. स्वतःला अज्ञानी म्हणवणारेदेखील प्रश्नांच्या माध्यमातून चिंता व चिंतन करणारे हे ‘ज्ञानी मोघ पुरुस’ आहेत. हे कायम येत राहतील आणि त्यांच्या या प्रश्न विचारण्यामुळे माणसाचे भवितव्य हे कायम राहणार आहे, अशा प्रकारचं एक सूत्र या कादंबरीत मांडलेलं आहे. मला ते आकर्षक वाटतं. एकूण कादंबरीचा जो रूपबंध आहे तो अतिशय उत्कृष्ट अशा पद्धतीचा व चतुरपणे मांडलेला आहे. त्याच्यासाठी लेखकाचं अभिनंदन करायला पाहिजे. हा एक नवा प्रयोग आहे, तो सर्वांनी स्वीकारला पाहिजे, त्यावर चर्चा झाली पाहिजे.

–          भारत सासणे, ज्येष्ठ साहित्यिक

आमची मुलं सगळं खातात!’ – मुलांच्या आहाराविषयी मार्गदर्शन करणारे पुस्तक

आमची मुलं सगळं खातात!” या शीर्षकावरून तुम्हाला कल्पना आलीच असेल, की हे पुस्तकमुलांच्या आहाराशी संबंधित आहे. मुलांच्या खाण्या-पिण्याच्या तक्रारी पालकांसाठी चिंतेचा विषय बनला आहे. जवळपास प्रत्येक मुलामध्ये कधी ना कधी पोषक अन्नाला बघून नाक मुरडण्याचा (अव) गुण उफाळून येतोच. त्यामुळे पालकांच्या नाकी नऊ येते. वास्तविक, पोषक अन्न खाणे हा मुद्दा प्रत्येकासाठीच गहन व विचार करायलालावणारा एक मुद्दा बनलेला आहे, विशेषकरून मुलांच्या बाबतीत. कुणीतरी म्हटल्याप्रमाणे ‘आपण जे खातो तसेच बनतो’हे आपल्याला जरी पटत असलं तरी आहाराच्या बाबतीत योग्य मार्गदर्शन कुठेतरी कमी पडतं आणि त्यामुळे आहाराच्या चुकीच्या पद्धती अवलंबल्या जातात.

मग असा मार्गदर्शक शोधायचा कुठे?हल्ली इंटरनेट एका क्लिकवर उपयुक्त अन्नपदार्थांची माहिती आपल्याला जरी देत असले, तरी माहितीच्या या महासागरात आपण बुडून जाण्याची शक्यता अधिक असते. गुगलवर पोषक आहार किंवा हेल्दी डाएट टाकल्यावर इतक्या सूचना आपल्यावर येऊन कोसळतात की, आपण पार गोंधळून जातो. इतक्या सगळ्या माहितीतून योग्य माहिती कोणती हा प्रश्न पडतो. त्यामुळे योग्य आहार काय, कोणता, पोषक आहाराची सवय आपण स्वतःबरोबरच आपल्या मुलांनाही कशी लावावी याविषयी सोप्या शब्दांत मार्गदर्शन करणारे हे पुस्तक आहे.

लहान मुलांपासून किशोरवयीन, प्रौढ व ज्येष्ठ नागरिकांपर्यंत सर्वांनाच आहाराच्या मार्गदर्शनाची गरज का भासते? आपण तर आपल्या परीने चांगले अन्न खायचा, निरोगी जीवनशैली अंगीकारायचा खूप प्रयत्न करत असतो; पण अनेकदा कामाच्या वेळा, बैठी जीवनशैली आणि रेडीमेड अन्न खायची सवय अशा काही अडथळ्यांमुळे आपल्या आरोग्याला अनेक धोके उत्पन्न होतात व आरोग्याची हानी होते. ह्या पुस्तकामध्ये अन्नाबद्दल व योग्य आहाराबद्दल तसेच आहारसेवनाबद्दल सगळी महत्त्वाची माहिती तुम्हाला मिळेल.पुस्तकाच्या लेखिका नीलंजना सिंग आहारशास्त्राच्या क्षेत्रात गेली ३० वर्षे काम करत असून त्या स्वतः एक ख्यातनाम आहारतज्ज्ञ आहेत. स्वतःचा अनेक वर्षांचा अनुभव व अभ्यास ह्या पुस्तकातून त्या आपल्यासमोर सादर करतात.

मुलांना उत्तम आहार देणे महत्त्वाचे का आहे? आणि हे देताना तो आहार त्यांच्यासाठी आनंददायक कसा बनवायचा? पालक म्हणून असे प्रश्न तुम्हाला पडत असतील तर यावर अनेक उपाय, क्लृप्त्या लेखिकेने दिल्या आहेत. हे उपाय आचरणात आणणे सहजशक्य आहे तेही कोणत्याही प्रकारच्या ताण-तणावाशिवाय. मुलांच्या आहाराबाबत हे पुस्तक उत्तम मार्गदर्शक करेल. जिथे दोघेही पालक नोकरी करणारे आहेत, त्यांच्या दृष्टीने लागणा-या टिप्स, अन्नपदार्थ अधिक आकर्षक कसे बनवावेत, सहज-सोप्या पाककृती, मुलांच्या पोषक आहाराबद्दलच्या सूचना, आहारमूल्यांच्या ‘योग्य’ प्रमाणाची माहिती व अॅक्शन प्लॅन या पुस्तकात उत्तमरीत्या दिले आहे.

जंकफूड, डाएटच्या नावाखाली होणारा अतिरेक व शारिरीक हानी, खाण्याच्या चुकीच्या पद्धती, चुकीचे अन्नपदार्थ व त्यामुळे विविध रोगांना मिळणारे आमंत्रण या आजच्या आधुनिक आयुष्यातील हानिकारक समस्यांचा आहारशास्त्राच्या अनुषंगाने या पुस्तकात विचार करण्यात आला आहे. घरगुती, पौष्टिक अन्न बघताक्षणी आनंदित होणारे बालक पाहण्यासाठी आतुर असलेल्या सर्व पालकांसाठी हे पुस्तक एक हक्काचे संदर्भपुस्तक ठरेल, यात शंका नाही.