2012 has been a great year for Akshara Foundation. There has been a lot of excitement around our programmes, community events, volunteering events and many other such activities.
One such event was moving into a new, spacious office. Though our current office is very close to the older one, it is more spacious. We occupy the ground and the first floors while our friends at Pratham Books sit in the second floor.
To make our work environment more appealing and encouraging, we decided to add a splash of color and give a make-over to the office. The once empty walls and pillar are now filled with colorful, attractive paintings. The idea was conceived by Megha Vishwanath of the KLP team and all of us at Akshara joined in to create this transformation. Here’s what Megha has to say:
“A little splash of color welcoming you into your work day can never hurt, can it?! And on the contrary it’s that pleasant distraction for those who like to stare at something during those moments of deep or vacant thought. Having moved to our new office in early August, we decided it is no more staring at the white ceiling but staring at this vibrant pillar here in Akshara’s office.
The pillar was perfect for the build up of a horizon – all the way from green grass to blue skies. But the fact that one can go round a pillar lent to our imagination an interesting challenge. What goes round and round? Our very colorful answer turned out to be – “The carousel”! It’s one of those fun experiences – you put a coin in it, it takes you up and down, round and round and makes you feel all happy at the end of it. And what joy it brings to children! There were other elements a kite and a festoon that brought to the pillar the sense of a merry fair – an escapade and a moment of being a child again!
Under the staircase, in keeping with the theme, we had the larger than life expressions of some of the elements represented on the pillar as well – a dandelion (inspired by the KLP logo), clouds and the sun, a butterfly and colorful kites!
While they fast disappear in the rest of this city, we decided to paint ourselves a line of trees – in different sizes and shapes all the way leading upto the pillar. Half a dozen little ones from a nearby Anganwadi graciously left us thumb-prints for the fall colors of the foliage. And that’s what will make these trees special for us! Note there’s an owl along the way – one of our colleagues insisted on having one – to negate the myth and superstition around this beautiful creature – and in the true spirit of co-existing with nature as splendid as it is!
A true collaborative effort, it had so many of our colleagues standing funnily sometimes, squatting, kneeling and in other unusual yogic stances to bring ourselves some happy times and reminder of who the benefactors of all our work are really!“
Our office address is:
No. 621, 5th Main Road,
Bangalore – 560043
Do visit us at our new office and experience a great colorful, enthusiastic and cheerful work atmosphere !!