Navya Naveli Nanda
The eagerly awaited creative collaboration between social entrepreneur Navya Naveli Nanda and the beloved comics publication 'Tinkle' has come to fruition, with the official launch of their book on the 25th of September, 2023.
The event took place at the Dixit Road BMC School, Mumbai with a bunch of bright and enthusiastic students as participants. The collective efforts of Navya Naveli Nanda and the Tinkle Team have given rise to a truly remarkable collection of stories, ingeniously titled 'Wonder Naari'. While the collaboration was eagerly awaited, the story themes remained under wraps, adding anticipation to the launch.
It was revealed that the book 'Wonder Naari' shines as a beacon of empowerment, featuring four captivating stories, each intricately woven around a core theme that mirrors the pillars of Navya's visionary initiative, Project Naveli. These themes encompass Legal Awareness, Entrepreneurship, Mental Health and Education, with narratives meticulously crafted to resonate deeply with readers and inspire a sense of empowerment. Post the book launch, there was an interactive workshop where the children were engaged with an opportunity to explore the world of 'Wonder Naari' through fun activities and games.
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At the launch, Navya Naveli Nanda passionately shared her journey of creation, vision for women's empowerment and thoughts on the joy of storytelling through comics. Joining her on this momentous occasion were Preeti Vyas, President and CEO Amar Chitra Katha Pvt. Ltd, Gayathri Chandrasekaran, Editor-in-Chief Tinkle, Savio Mascarenhas, Group Art Director, Deepesh Kothari, VP Digital and D2C Businessesand other members from the Tinkle Team.
What truly distinguishes 'Wonder Naari' is its unwavering commitment to accessibility, ensuring that its messages of empowerment transcend boundaries and language barriers. The book will be thoughtfully available in multiple languages including Hindi and Marathi ensuring that its profound impact reaches diverse communities nationwide.
Commenting on the book launch, Navya Naveli Nanda said "I am absolutely thrilled to finally share these stories with the world! We've poured our hearts and souls into crafting authentic narratives that shed light on the real-life challenges women encounter. My hope is that these stories will entertain and ignite inspiration while resonating deeply with our audience's hearts. Collaborating with Tinkle truly felt like a magical journey!" Navya has worked closely with Tinkle's editorial team to create each of these stories.
Gayathri Chandrasekaran, Editor-in-Chief of Tinkle, who was present at the launch said "At Tinkle, we're very passionate about stories and storytelling. For over 40 years we have endeavoured to bring diverse, inclusive and empowering Indian characters and stories to children. With every new generation that we write for, our stories evolve in keeping with their needs and the changing social milieu. It has been an absolute joy partnering with Project Naveli to tell inspiring stories about the meaningful work they do in areas that are close to our hearts as well. We had a lot of fun co-creating this book with Navya and can't wait for the stories to reach far and wide!"