Amar Chitra Katha (ACK), the publisher of Tinkle Digest and illustrated mythological books, will launch a book on Mother Teresa on August 26 to celebrate her 100th birth anniversary.
The book will narrate how Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, an Albanian by birth, made India her home and worked towards alleviating poverty and loneliness. After her death in 1997, she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
“What inspired a 12-year-old girl to travel to a far-away country to help the poor and bring joy to thousands of lives forms the crux of the story,” said Savita Pai, VP, product management, ACK Media.
Targeted at readers aged between 8-14 years, Pai said the book aims to tell children that it is never too early to fix a goal in life. “August 26, 2010, being the sentinel year of Mother Teresa’s birth is the perfect day to make people learn from a noble figure like her,” she said.
The 40-page storybook which has been about 10 months in the making entailed the researcher and scriptwriter Shalini Srinivasan working closely with Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata. The book has been illustrated by Sri Lankan artist Atula Siriwardane, who has drawn many ACK Media titles.
“While creating such a title, our primary concern is authenticity. We have done intense research, not just from empirical recorded data, but also through meetings and interviews with people who knew Mother closely,” said Reena Puri, editor, ACK.
“We volunteered with the missionaries and also met Sister Gertrude, who was one of the first two Sisters to join Mother Teresa,” she added.
ACK Media will also make the book available on Amazon Kindle, besides the iPhone (as a mobile comic) and in retail stores.