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The banyan tree


The adventure of environmental awareness

Since 1998 a small team of Aurovilians has been working on the production of a small, cute booklet that is instrumental in the raising of children's awareness regarding the general environment in and around the Auroville area.

Swift, light and lively language

The booklets, published under the general header 'Shikra', have been written by Ditra, a longtime Aurovilian lady from USA who has an outspoken feel and eye and love for the birds, smaller animals and trees in the area. In a swift, light and lively language she tells stories and anecdotes, providing quite some basic information, and humour, along with them. When the story felt complete, it was taken up by Auroville´s main illustrator, Emanuele (Italy), who then highlighted them with his exquisitely amusing and superb illustrations. After some lay-outing done by a third member of the team, the world was a lovely little booklet richer.

And so it happened that, aided by a grant from the Dutch Stichting de Zaaier, every few months or so another booklet rolled off the press that got distributed to the schools in Auroville and its bioregion, as well as in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram schools in Pondicherry and, on request, to schools further away in India.

The Shikra booklets focus on:

  • Banyan tree

  • Jackals

  • Octopus,

  • Shikra bird

  • Owls

  • Chameleons

  • Snakes

  • Health Tree

  • Eagles

  • Flying Foxes

  • Civet cats

  • Hares & Porcupines.

While there are still copies available that could be ordered, we are most happy to note that we now are allowed to share some of these with you, one story from time to time. We start with number one: The Banyan Tree.

For further details, contact: saiier@auroville.org.in 

Published by SAIIER (Sri Aurobindo International Institute of Educational Research)
Research: Tim, Regina
Art: Emanuele, Eric
Layout: Luc, Natasha
Editor: Dietra
Printed at Auroville Press

The 'Shikra' has been created as an offering to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

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