Archive for December, 2013

December 18, 2013

The Hundred Names of Darkness.

“Somewhere, in some corner of the universe,
a town is inhabited solely by the spirits of cats.
Surely, it does exist.”

– Hagiwara Sakutaro, The Town of Cats

Nilanjana Roy‘s The Hundred Names of Darkness revisits the Nizamuddin catclan during a cold winter, when food is scarce and safety even more so. The story is a lot about journeys. Mara of the monsoon green eyes, growing up, going further using her whiskers than ever before, and letting her paws take her outside, finally. The unusual, uncomfortable process – decision – of an entire clan of cats to leave what they have known, the familiar trails and scents of home, to a far place, an unknown one. Of moving from the darkness of uncertainty and fear to a future that the Sender has found for them on her own.


This book is a sequel to Nilanjana’s first, The Wildings (the 2013 winner of the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize!!!), and is published by Aleph Book Company. Here’s an excerpt. Here are a few of the inside illustrations I did.

Plays with Death

This must be the place.

This can't be happening.

Presorted First Class

Dreams of fresh fish.


Orientation events.


Spiral out of control.