A potential Manual for Mischief-makers?



Prankenstein_Book of Mischief_Front CoverSpeaking Tiger, a fairly new

publishing house, has just launched

their children’s imprint, Talking

Cub. And they’ve announcing their

arrival, quite fittingly on Childrens’

Day, along with an anthology of

stories picked by Ruskin Bond and

Jerry Pinto. Kids will be pleased that

the theme of the book is pranks!

And the blurb promises a wide

variety of  pranksters.


The prankster in my short story  ‘Friends or Enemies?’ is a cat! There she is… above the book title, guarding a big bone.


Veggie shopping and a trip to a mela


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It’s been super fun working on Pratham Books’ series

of STEM books for early readers. ‘Tomato Chutney’ is

about a pair of siblings who discover some messy

truths about relative weights while doing the vegetable

shopping for their mother. Priya Kuriyan’s stunning

illustrations  will ensure every little reader remembers

this concept of ‘lighter and heavier’ for life!


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IMG_20171122_215205I explored the idea of tables in the story ‘Maths at the Mela’ — about a bunch of smart school kids out on a field trip to a mela… accompanied by a not-so-bright teacher. Illustrator Nirzara Verulkar’s illustrations are super. She’s somehow conveyed this feeling of the kids being indulgent of a slightly slow teacher wonderfully. These pictures unfortunately are my phone shots off the laptop screen.

Both books will be out soon. It’s particularly exciting to know that they’ll be printed in five languages, including Kannada!


The Deccan Herald short story contest winners


This September, the winners of Deccan Herald’s annual short story contest (conducted by Sunday Herald) were announced. I illustrated a couple of the prize winning stories.

‘Crockery’ by Jessamine Therese Mathew

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…and ‘Sea-crets’ by Pragya Joshi

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