If pictures speak a thousand words, then the prospect of an endearing ghagra-choli-clad female crocodile propagating the goodness of generosity takes it to a whole new level. On the occasion of the ongoing Joy of Giving week, city-based NGO Akanksha Foundation which works towards child education, will release a new book titled Miss Muglee Met Mr Get. The story revolves Miss Muglee, the crocodile who relentlessly tries to make Mr Get, the greedy peacock, understand the value of giving. Written by the organisation’s founder, Shaheen Mistry, it features vibrant and elaborate illustrations created by the Foundation’s students — Raju Devender, 21, Rahul Patil, 17 and Zamir Sayed, 20.
The trio worked under the guidance of art director Sheetal Shah to conceptualise the design. Raju, who has been a student at Akanksha since he was eight, helmed the project. “Art is my first love. Sheetal didi discussed the story and I ideated with her for the drawings. I used to illustrate and show them the rough sketches, which they really liked.” Ask him about the challenges he faced and he says, “I had a very strict deadline and had to complete everything in a month’s time. Also, without help from my friends Rahul and Zamir, it would have been impossible to finish the project.” Seeing his work published in a book is like a dream come true, he says. “Knowing that every time someone opens this book, they’ll see our illustrations makes me extremely happy. This book is proof of how much trust Akanksha places in us, and we can never let them down”, he says.
Miss Muglee Met Mr Get is the second in a series of Miss Muglee’s adventures. The series chronicle the female crocodile’s travels on which she meets different characters and learns to distinguish between right and wrong.
“Children across India were the inspiration for this book; we wanted to do something for them, by them,” says author Shaheen Mistry. Talking about the young artists, she says, “We've always believed that with great opportunities, children can and will do amazing things.”
The book will be launched at Kitab Khana, Fort, on October 2, where a few excerpts will be read by the NGO’s children, followed by discussion led by Nandita Das.