August 16, 2021

Google Doodle: Subhadra Kumari Chauhan

So delighted to illustrate today’s Google Doodle, featuring the inspirational poet, activist and Subhadra Kumari Chauhan on her 117th birthday 🙂 🙂

April 7, 2021

Not lost but gone before.

Death parts me
and from her hand
which covers all
when mourning
for thou didst
forgive me
not my will
but thine be done

found poetry
Barbadoes St Cemetery

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March 24, 2021

Basutei shoujo.

You’ve got the music in you ay.

March 18, 2021

Zoognosis – 1: Zoologically Disappointing

Zoologically Disappointing, first published in Ecomixer – I. The first of a few zoo stories. All words straight out of Tripadvisor reviews of zoos.

Fun (noun) UK/US/fʌn/ pleasure, enjoyment, or entertainment

Cambridge Dictionary

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June 10, 2018

Murder at the Happy Home for the Aged.

Cover design and illustration for the wicked, atmospheric mystery Murder at the Happy Home for the Aged, by Bulbul Sharma, art directed by Gunjan Ahlawat at Penguin.

April 21, 2018

The Reckoning.

The dog waiting to cross the road. The elephant in the temple fair. The solitary fish in the aquarium. The bird in her golden cage.
Every time we see them, we are reminded of the truth – this land, this river, this air belongs to them too.
We were the usurpers, we have eaten well.
Justice will be served, shortly.

Imagining a better world on Earth Day at, with this short comic collaboration with Pratheek and Tina Thomas at Studio Kokaachi. Other illustrated pieces in this series here.


March 27, 2018

Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes.

First published in 1879, Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes, by Robert Louis Stevenson, was one of the earliest accounts of a colourful multi-day backpacking trip in the mountains. The book is full of things going wrong in beautiful inhospitable places, and twelve days of uneventful walking and unhelpful people, with a (much-abused) backpack-toting donkey on an inconsequential journey. Here’s my cover for the 2017 edition by Speaking Tiger, art directed by the awesome Maithili Doshi.

Here’s a rough drawing that didn’t become the cover:

This edition also includes handlettered section titles I did, like these:

October 9, 2017

Lori’s Magical Mystery.

Illustrations (and some outtakes) for Kartik Shanker‘s deliciously moonsoon-soaked, irreverent, magical and mysterious book, Lori’s Magical Mystery (Puffin, 2017). Faint strains of the Beatles playing in the background, though we’re lost deep in the southern Western Ghats.


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