Janwaar’s Future is Kindled
Soon the kids of Janwaar Castle will start to learn with their very own Amazon Kindles. All thanks to Isaac Mao, who has initiated the Janwaar Castle Kindle Reading Salon by donating five kindles. The first one he donated was the one he was using himself.
Ulrike and Isaac are friends for many years. Isaac is China’s first blogger. Both of them worked together on Isaac’s latest start-up. They’ve met again recently on Ulrike’s trip to Hongkong. Isaac told her about the kids in China, using a kindle to learn to read and speak. He not only suggested to start a campaign to get kindles for Janwaar Castle but also become the first donor to kick start the campaign. The rest of the Kindles have already arrived in Shenzhen, where Ulrike travelled next. There a sixth Kindle was given by Ankur Raval, an Indian IIT Bombay student who heard about the initiative and immediately chipped his one in.
We are now on a look out to find valuable content that could go along with the kindles – pdf, ebooks, images. One of our facebook friends, Sanjay Agarwal, has shared abundant Hindi learning content in pdf format, which we have already started converting for Kindle, thanks to Kovid Goyal’s Calibre e-book converter.
The Kindle Reading Salon enables the kids to read books and listen to audio-books. Sitting alone under a tree, with a kindle, they can spend more time discovering new stories and exploring a world which until today wasn’t accessible to them. We are very curious to see how they will accept it. Reading isn’t a habbit of the children – there are hardly any books in the village. And if there are, they are school-related.