“As a mother of two young kids, I wish to raise compassionate and mindful children; and with this book, I aim at expanding my mission beyond the limits of my home,” says Priya Kamari, CPA turned children’s book author.
Priya believes that children can already grasp their global responsibilities at a young age, which is why she has written “Leaf Talks Peace- Buddha’s Message of Harmony”.
The book has been blessed with the foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama describing it as “a beautifully illustrated book that teaches children the importance of living in harmony with nature and with all forms of life.”
Making this Dalai Lama’s first Indian author picture book to receive his foreword, the book aims to make children more mindful, and help the young generation create a better world where people from all cultures, genders, colors, and ethnicities are respected and everyone lives in harmony with nature.
Priya was born and raised in the beautiful Himalayan foothills, where she inherited her love for reading from her father who owned a bookstore. Upon leaving the field of accounting, she founded an independent publishing company in the United States, Eternal Tree Books, that publishes uplifting stories inspired by Indian culture, with the goal of promoting humanitarian values, plurality, cultural diversity, and inclusion through books for all ages.
“Changing career from CPA to author meant losing fixed income and lifestyle change but all sacrifices were worth it.” Priya shared with the AHN community
To bring imagination to life, the book was illustrated by Anusha Santosh, born and raised in the city of Bangalore in India, and currently lives in Singapore. She primarily works in the field of children’s books.
Priya has been reading the book in different schools to gain support, and she claims that they have loved the concept and subtle approach of teaching children to be more mindful. Moreover, many Montessori schools have accepted the book as part of Peace Education for children.
The children’s book was successfully funded on Kickstarter. Priyan had an interview at NJ Mom Blog, and had media coverage on the oldest Ethnic Radio station in the United States, EBC Radio, as well as the television news show News 12, where she talked about sending her book to Buddhist leaders, and a few philosophers, scholars, for their feedback, as well as trying her luck with the Dalai Lama.
“And somehow I submitted the book to the Dalai Lama’s office in India. I was keeping my fingers crossed, waiting to hear back and a couple of months passed by, and I got a call saying that he wrote a foreword for the book. Oh my god, I had tears in my eyes and I was so happy, grateful, blessed, and thankful. Really really thankful.” Priya said in a segment on News 12.
Indian film actress and model, Shweta Kawatra posted a reel on Instagram where she’s seen reading the book with her daughter, and wrote in her caption “Oneness of life and Environment!! Teaching my little one the interconnectedness of life. To believe that a change in one single individual can bring a change in the entire world. It’s true”
The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson also liked the book and read it on her Youtube channel, garnering 170k views in a matter of weeks.
If you know any parents who would like to include this wonderful book about harmony in their home libraries and share it with their children, pre-order here.
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