108 Puzzles brings stories to life through fun and creative mediums. We strongly believe in the values and strength that can be learnt from universal teachings and want as many people as possible to benefit. Starting with what we know best, the Hindu religion however we hope to expand further in the future.
Everyone has a story, mine begins at age 5 with my mum driving me to primary school. I wasn't learning my time tables or nursery rhymes, she was teaching something more powerful, the Hanuman Chalisa. The Hanuman Chalisa is a 40 verse Hindu devotional hymn about Lord Hanuman. While I quickly learnt the verses through repetition, it took me years to truly understand the meaning of such a profound text.
In the present day I realised that the kids around me were going through the same cycle, learning the words but not really knowing what they mean. This was the trigger to create, Hanuman's Story. A first of its kind, 108 piece jigsaw puzzle following Lord Hanuman's journey in the Hanuman Chalisa. I've attempted to create stories in visual forms so that every child has the chance to learn and understand this invaluable survival tool. Just from chanting this powerful text I learnt faith and devotion but understanding it gave it new meaning.
I've seen a positive response to date to the Hindu jigsaw puzzles and subsequently have added to the collection. This initiative is an opportunity to share my humble knowledge with others and hopefully help the next generation connect and understand our scriptures. Check out our shop for all our products.
I've been lucky to work with some very talented illustrators who have brought my ideas to life with their artwork. A big thank you to them for making my dreams a reality. For the boxed jigsaw puzzles, Hanuman's Story/Rama's Story: Nilesh Mistry, Ganesha's World: Lovely Kukreja and Devi's and Krishna's World: Ankur Chaudary. Each time I've tried to pick illustrators who can really relate to the story i'm trying to tell.
I very much appreciate all the support for my small business. The main aim is really to educate the next generation, i've done my best to ensure a high quality end product and of course have much smaller print runs than larger companies making the costs a lot higher. I hope you'll see how unique these puzzles are and support my dream of children connecting to their religion in an accessible manner.
With the Covid'19 situation I've also added a range of free resources from bhajan sing along videos to Hindu deity drawing sessions, so there's plenty to keep the children busy.
Thank you and Namaste