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Book Review: Dear Earth, a kindness book

The book is not only a treat for the eyes, but also tugs at your heartstrings.

BySarah Berry

Updated 11 Sept 2020, 5:45 pm

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Dear Earth introduces a 2,300-year-old magical poem from the pages of Tamil literature to the reader. This is a “Kindness” book. The focus is on Mother Earth – our only home, and the home that we need to love, respect and nurture.

Written by Avvaiyar, a centuries-old poet who travelled from one place to another in South India, and to whom even kings reached out to for advice, Dear Earth has been translated from Tamil into English by Geeta Dharmarajan.

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The spell-binding artwork by Murali Nagapuzha captivates the readers’ attention, gently channelizing the love for the book to love Mother Earth. The book is not only a treat for the eyes, but also tugs at your heartstrings. The poem lends itself to deep reading for meaning, making the reader sensitive to our environment, our Earth, our home.

 “Katha believes that books play a very crucial role in everyone’s life. In our endeavour to ensure that the love for reading remains an integral part of the lives of our future decision makers, Katha’s bouquet of books from a range of cultures and languages, lend themselves to close reading for deeper meaning,” says Geeta Dharmarajan, Founder, Katha.

Additional information on Avvaiyar and Tamil literature, and the TADAA! Section makes this delightful book rich with cultural wisdom, and encourages young minds to, Think, Ask, Discuss, Act and Achieve (TADAA!). It promotes critical thinking, which is the need of the time to save mother earth.

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“Our books nurture creativity and imagination, and promote critical thinking – all of which are 21st Century skills that can help us to shape a more equitable, caring and sustainable world. What better way than to start with our home – Mother Earth,” Geeta says at the launch of Dear Earth.

Book Price: The title is available in English [https://books.katha.org/product/dear-earth/] for pre-order onwww.books.katha.org(Rs 175). An e-version of the title is available for immediate purchase on Amazon Kindle [https://www.amazon.in/dp/B08GXXQBH5] (Rs 99).

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First published:8 Sept 2020, 4:37 am

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Sarah Berry

Sarah Berry

Consultant, Specialist in public diplomacy, outreach and training

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