If you carry your childhood with you, you never get older.
We all have heard may be a thousand sermons like these on the importance of keeping alive the child within. But how many of us actually do that? We suddenly grow up and choose to do things that adults do. We stop enjoying our work. We stop dreaming. We stop believing in Magic, in miracles, in the childhood fascinations and stories. Don’t we?
Our world today is more about technology and less about living. We never look up from our iPhones, iPads, BlackBerrys etc to cherish the beauty around & appreciate some of the greater things in life. A sunset will have to be clicked and tweeted about. The rains have to be talked about on Facebook before we go out and enjoy them.
But not many might have noticed these. However, renowned Illustrator, animator & Visual Artist Shilo Shiv Suleman did. The profound realization that magic has been taken over by machinery and we might lose the ability to dream and be inspired led her to create Khoya, an iPad app for children which involves story telling through visuals. She wanted to use tech to create magic and not kill it. And her app has very beautifully achieved that. In her talk, she demonstrates how to use the app and the small little intricacies that she has incorporated bring out the dreaming child in her.
In the app, the child becomes a character of the book and gets transported to a completely magical world where fireflies come out of jars and the whole universe gets contained in a single marble. It is like a child’s magic box. And the best part is – she makes sure that the iPad doesn’t keep the children locked inside their rooms. They need to click pictures of flowers and trees and other natural elements and upload them. Even the stories she has created are based on contemporary topics like environmental issues. It is like restoring their childhood while enabling better use of technology.
Story telling has become much more multi sensorial with the advent of technologies that combine text, image, audios and videos and it can be used to recreate magic. Shilo believes in linking together Magic, Earth & Technology through the simple medium of storytelling. The lady is as unique as her name and so are her passions and initiatives. Three cheers to Shilo for the way she has carried her childhood with herself everywhere!