BOOKS WITH A CAUSE
President of Hands2Inspire, Dr. Simarjeet K. Sandhu, is the author of several children's books. All proceeds from each book go to Hands2Inspire in hopes of Giving Back, Sharing Knowledge and Spreading Awareness.
All books can be purchased on Amazon.com.
WHAT IS MOOL MANTRA?
WHAT IS MEDITATION? WE SAY WAHEGURU.
MEET THE ILLUSTRATOR
In an interview with Frederick News Post, Sokolova wrote:
How did you meet Dr. Sandhu? When did you start working with her?
1. I started working with Dr. Sandhu at the end of February 2021. I saw an ad post on the upwork platform that she was looking for an illustrator for her first book.
We started with the first book called - “What is Meditation? We say Waheguru”. Then shortly we started working on the next book - “What is Mool Mantra”, and ultimately we ended up creating “Kisaan”.
2. Tell me about your illustrating career -- how long have you been illustrating children's books?
I have been doing illustration for over 8 years. When I was 19 years old, I opened my art studio in Kiev, Ukraine. I arranged exhibitions for artists and invited artists to conduct their painting master classes. A little later, I created a store with children's books called Holz books, which is a YouTube channel for children. I have created both, Holz Publishing, and a Bookbystory.com illustration service.
3. Where did you get inspiration for deciding how to draw the book's main characters?
For the first book, I had sketches from Dr. Sandhu's niece - Mia Kaur Sandhu. Mia showed how the characters should look, what they should be wearing. She also gave the main ideas for the rest of book. Dr. Sandhu gave a clear description of the characters, right down to the names.
My job was to bring style, shape and color to the pages.
4. Had you known about the protests in India before starting to work with Dr. Sandhu? Did you learn anything new while illustrating her book?
I didn't know anything about the protests in India, it was completely new to me. Of course, after I found out about this, I began to become more interested not only in protests, but also in the culture of India in general.
5. What else would you like to add about either "Kisaan" or your experience working with Dr. Sandhu?
I am certainly very proud to meet Dr. Sandhu and illustrated 3 of her books. I believe that every book by Dr. Sandhu will be an excellent guide to the world of India and its multifaceted culture. To be honest, what surprised me most about Kisaan was the farmer, the grandfather of Dr. Sandhu - Maluk Sandhu. The book says that he lived to be 104 years old, which is amazing. Moreover, the photograph shows that he looked good at a very old age. This suggests that Maluk Sandhu was not only an excellent farmer, but also took care of his health. I believe that it is very important to instill in children from early childhood a culture of caring for themselves and their health, because it is people like Maluk Sandhu who serve as an example for us. Also, I would like to add that we are working on the 4th book and it will be no less interesting!