The Wildings, written by Nilanjana Roy, illustrated by me and published by the Aleph Book Company – is finally finally out. One can hardly describe the exciting complexity of this book in just a few words, that inadequate/purposefully ambiguous/oft-used “a book about cats” seems to work well enough, for now (with the help of the snarling black tom on the cover).
Here, Nilanjana speaks of inside cats and medieval battles. Here, Deepanjana Pal and I discuss the images behind the words. Here, is a eerily Southpaw-like cat caught trying to gatecrash the launch. Here, Jai Arjun breaks it down for us non-cats. Here, too, is some Visual Disobedience love for the book. Here, Naina Redhu takes some beautiful pictures of the pages and thinks about the book. And here, is the story of Mara, that orange cat (it’s always an orange cat) who inspired The Wildings to be written at all. Ya Billa! Ya Billi!