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ICE LOLLIES (article first published : 2003-10-18)

Durban writer Kriben Pillay will launch his latest book at the beginning of November. Entitled The Story of Forgetful Ice Lollies, this is his first children’s book which he feels will also be of interest to adults.

Inspired by both the ancient Eastern creation allegory of the sea and the waves and the method of transformation developed by American teacher Byron Katie, the book teaches young readers about the origins of human separation, conflict, and the way back to connectedness through self-inquiry.

While it might sound like high philosophy for young readers, the book in fact presents its various concepts through the ingenious story of ices lollies: how they came about, their conflicts with each other, and how one lolly finds a way to transcend conflict.

The book is beautifully illustrated in full colour by local artist Laura Pretorius and is the first of a two-part children’s series, where the second book develops further the concept of self-inquiry for children.

The book will be of particular relevance to those who witnessed first-hand The Work of Byron Katie during her recent tour of South African and Namibia, which was co-ordinated by Kriben Pillay. Katie’s visit followed the publication of Kriben Pillay’s acclaimed critical book on her process. The book, Radical Work, has also been translated into German.

The publication of The Story of Forgetful Ice Lollies was supported by Waltons KZN, and also attracted a supporting grant from Business and Arts South Africa (BASA).

More details from Kriben Pillay on 031 262 7152, fax 031 262 7894 or 082 466 1745 or e-mail: noumenon@iafrica.com




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