Restored, is a poem and also a wish that I share with the entire human and non-human fraternity: May we make it come true, so that peace can truly rest on our brow.
The fruits were drying in the sun, the leaves were protecting the soil, and the tree trunk and branches were preparing to sprout and unfurl new leaves. The tree was disintegrating to integrate and was “becoming to become”: as nature intended. And we, what are we becoming to become?
To be truly green we need to move away from fossil fuel; no small task this. Those who get there, live by nature’s cycles, undertake forestation, use solar, wind, or bioenergy, and make in quantities that allow time for resources to replenish. A commendable example is Navadarshanam in Tamil Nadu, India.
Isabel while speaking to her father on FaceTime proclaimed that she was going to ride the bicycle to school when she returned (to California). When her father asked her why she'd be doing that, she said, ‘To save the polar bears, daddy.’ The cause, the effect, and the solution were so clear in Isabel’s mind: Our overuse of fossil fuel has accelerated changes in climate and extreme weather events, and the way out is to stop the use of fossil fuel and choose alternative, renewable sources that are available.
Ambedkar was the chief architect of the Indian Constitution and he was a social reformer who advocated equality. He came from the much-discriminated untouchable community and he wrote Waiting for a Visa, a short book to highlight the reality of their situation for international readers. When he returned after five years of study at Columbia University, New York (USA), and London School of Economics, London (England), the oppression of casteism had been erased from his mind, only to be vividly revived by the people with whom he shared water, land, air, and cultural roots.
Our shoreline can be clean and waste can reduce, while companies, researchers, and scientists try and develop more natural packaging solutions, and the government tries to enforce bans, we the citizens can get those gloves on and get conscious about what and how we consume, not blindly driven by pleasure or convenience, and not justified by our intellect, but with honest consideration.
Meet the feeling, our third protagonist. You can't touch it, you can't hear it, you can't see it, you can't understand it. You can only feel it.
We wanted Obi, the second protagonist to be ordinary, someone or something that is easy to ignore, and yet has tremendous character. That's why we chose a dot, a little speck of dust. Look for him under a sunbeam.
Originally, we had chosen to represent a dog from a different breed, but for a good reason, we decided that Kyo should represent a Beagle. Enjoy meeting Kyo and reading about his Beagle personality.
Kyo and Obi, an illustrated story book that will be available soon.