Chintan Girish Modi loves long walks, the simplicity of small towns, and the laughter of children. These days, he is learning to prioritize better, and make time for things that bring him a deep sense of joy – doodling, swimming, and writing letters. Peace, for him, is as much a personal goal as a political one. He sees little meaning in going out to clean up the world if he is not simultaneously tidying up his own backyard.
He is the founder of Friendships Across Borders: Aao Dosti Karein, a peace education, story-sharing and social media initiative that works on trust-building and reconciliation between Indians and Pakistanis. He works out of Mumbai most of the time but loves to travel for workshops with schools and colleges.
Chintan earned a BA in English Literature from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and subsequently an M.A. in English and an M.Phil. in English Language Education from the English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad. His work life has been eclectic, playing in the overlaps between writing, teaching, peace advocacy, and the arts.
He has worked with the Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged, the Kabir Project at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, the Hri Institute for Southasian Research and Exchange, as well as Seeds of Peace, the Southasian Children’s Cinema Forum; and on editorial projects with Orient Blackswan, Duckbill Books, and Cambridge University Press India. He has received fellowships/scholarships from the Seagull Foundation for the Arts, the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kulturstudier, SIT Graduate Institute, and Initiatives of Change USA.
Chintan is excited about his role as an ambassador with Postcards for Peace. Apart from zendoodling some new designs for postcards, and writing blogs, he wants to bring on board a large number of schools from India, Pakistan and various other parts of the world to join this carnival of peace.