Chitra Chandrashekhar sent us a quote along with her story and the quote sums up the essence of her story :
“If we are to reach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children.”
While Chitra's story begins on a dark note, it ends on a hopeful one. With all the horrors that seem to surround our world, Chitra's story will help educators talk and discuss how one can try resolving these issues. She also shares her experience of the challenge : "There was never a dull moment. How could there be, when both the mind and hands were engrossed as they worked in unison. The Challenge was akin to a Mathematical puzzle. At the end of the day the story serendipitously came to be about a cause Gandhiji felt for most, that too, on 30th Jan! I have come out recharged and rearing to go on to the next challenge!"
"The # 6 Frame Story Challenge was an interesting way of connecting the seemingly unconnected, thus nurturing creativity. The unexpectedness of the outcome was a reason to participate. As an aspiring visual storyteller such challenges allow me to push creative boundaries. Finally, the opportunity to create content for children is by itself an exciting opportunity to let imagination loose!"
(Chitra Chandrashekhar is an independent communication designer aspiring for meaningful and responsible visual storytelling through both content and media. She continuously looks out for cross-disciplinary design that enriches human experience. Chitra pursued studies in architecture from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and visual communication from Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay. As a recent design educator she is also motivated to spread the message of creativity for all. You can follow her work at : http://www.architrac.blogspot.in)
Read the other interviews by illustrators who took the challenge:
Rajiv Eipe, Kalyani Ganapathy, Prashant Miranda, Kavita Singh Kale, Megha Vishwanath, Priya Nair Panicker, Sweta Roy Choudhury, Paneendra Suresh, Priya Kuriyan, Yulianto Qin, Manjari Chakravathi, Sonal Goyal and Sumit Sakhuja, Samidha Gunjal, Preeti Lata, Shwetha Elisha,Mithila Ananth, Sunandita Mehrotra, Vedavathi Narasimha Murthy, Jithin Jacob, Vidya Gopal,Archana Sreenivasan, Somesh Kumar, Gumani, Antara Mukherji, Anjora Noronha,Vinayak Varma, Soumya Menon, Jisha Unnikrishnan, Kruttika Susarla, Ninoshka Dias, Isha S Valentine, Neelima Raparla, Vallabhi Shegaonkar, Sangeeta Das, Hari Kumar Nair,Lakhsmi Mitter, Lily Banerjee, Aditi Dilip, Niloufer Wadia, Deepa Jayaraman, AnupamaApte, Nishith Mehta, Muhammed Shafi, Amar Soni, Krishna Prakash K,Lavanya Karthik, Sonal Gupta,Kabini Amin, Jason Dvorak, Tanvi Bhat, Ranjani S, Shikha Nambiar, Aritra Roy Chowdhury, Vaishali Chudasama, Sharanya Kunnath, Priya Manikandan, Milan Nayak, Delwyn Remedios, Geetanjali B, Ambica Vinod, Shailja Jain Chougule, Chitra Chandrashekhar, Nikita Modi, David Knight, Geetali Tare, Nilomee Jesrani
If you missed the #6FrameStoryChallenge, but are inspired by the work of fellow illustrators and want to contribute to the open source story platform - do send us your stories! Story guidelines are available here.