Our cycle is somewhat like your cycle.
It also has two wheels. Its back wheel is filled with the air of our surroundings. The air we breathe, which has smoke and dust and also fragrance of jasmine, just like the life around us. Back wheel feels a little more pressure, therefore, it must be filled with real air. The front wheel also has air. But it is the air that has returned after touching the feathers of a bird. It consists of our flight.
If you see it another way, cycle’s back wheel touches the earth while the front is touching the sky. The back wheel has the stories of the labourers who are looking for wells. The front wheel has the stories of the potters, who are making small toys. The back wheel salutes the potter who said, “we may not be able to hold water but we can hold an earthen pot”.
Cycle’s tube is actually the slipper of air. The one who taught us to walk made the first shoes. Inherent in it is the concern for our feet, so as to free our eyes to look at the sky.
If Cycle wouldn’t share your stories then whose stories would it share. It has a tuneful whistle too that endeavors to reduce conflicts. Cycle will have more stories of fireflies and glow-worms that produce their own light than that of moon and the sun.
From ants to elephants and from elephants to ants everyone’s story would be read in Cycle. Science, mathematics, language, geography, travelogue, dairy, letter, pictures, poems and many other forms and genres that are popularly known by the world would also feature in Cycle.
Cycle would have 68 colour pages. With each page consisting of a progressively better content from writers all over the world written especially for Cycle.
There has been an ongoing cycle of turning children into rote-learners.
Something that the rulers created and reinforced for years. Do we want to behave with our children in the same manner as our governments behaved with us? Are we going to silently watch them turn into money-making machines?
Or, are we going to teach them to ask questions… to love…an ant to an elephant. Do we want them to look at the flowers for a couple of minutes? Do we want them to know that the neem leaves are falling? So, they can distinguish between leaves and garbage. And we could tell them how beautiful earth is. Eventually, love will save our earth.
Cycle is our jugnoo like proposal against this ongoing cycle.
Cycle is a magazine designed especially for children between 9-12 years of age. Stories, poems, anecdotes, travelogues, diary, letter and many more genres would initiate children to a deeper exploration of the surrounding world. Once in every two months, children can find a new launch pad with Cycle’s name on it to engage with the world that not just surround them but that which surrounds their surroundings and
that is farther than the surroundings of those surroundings.