Friday, February 13, 2015

Everyday Happiness Mantras

This came in the mail today. I luuuve making trees with
flowers and creepers. Title design by Maithili Doshi.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Grandma's bag of stories.. and more

Cover illustration and insides for three books by Sudha Murty published by Puffin. 

City tales for Oxford university press Pakistan

Here are images from a series of four books I illustrated for Oxford
University Press, Pakistan. Written by the wonderful Rumana Husain, the City
Tales series is a set of bilingual books based on the adventures of  two 
sisters Sonya and Aanya. Soumya Rajendran did a short interview about 
the collaboration with Rumana and me. You can read it here.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Eat the Sky Drink the Ocean

I'm glad to be part of this wonderful anthology of sci-fi and fantasy short stories and 
graphic narratives for young adults. Edited by Payal Dhar, Kirsty Murray and
Anita Roy, this book is a collaboration between Australian and Indian writers and
 illustrators. It's been published by Zubaan books in India, and the Australian edition 
which is due to be out in February 2015 has been published by Allen and Unwin
An illustration from the story I worked on, made it to the cover :-)
Kate Constable, a wonderful writer from Australia wrote a beautiful  piece 
for it called 'Swallow the moon'. I had such a good time illustrating it, and 
collaborating with her on it.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

2015 calendar

Handpainted illustrations for a client's company calendar. A reminder that the year is ending already!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Video for breakthrough

I recently designed and animated this video for Breakthrough's #selfies for school campaign . You can watch the video in a higher resolution here (scroll down to see video link) Concept+production :Vaani Arora. Sound design: Aakash (Kshitij studios)

Monday, September 1, 2014


Sometimes, ideas one starts out with while designing covers, change drastically
towards the end of the process. Bystanders is a story about the lives  of 3 people,
and a large part of the story is set in the 1970's. I enjoyed figuring out
different styles for this cover. The 3rd option is what will  finally go to press. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Talking tree

There's a new picture book that's out . 'The Talking Tree' published by 
Natraj publishers has been written by Sagari Chabbra.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thinkling magazine

I've been illustrating for Thinkling, a brand new magazine for children . It's
a quarterly that's 2 issues old and has fantastic content that kids will love to
devour. These are covers I illustrated for the winter and summer issue. 

There's a lot to see and do if you read the magazine and Willabinka, Meera 
and Neil take you through it all!

There are also maps that will make you want to go places And lots 
of stuff for the foodies . To know more and to subscribe go to

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Recent covers: Inga and Gold mine

Two cover illustrations for westland books. I'm beginning to enjoy working on the wacom tablet a lot more these days

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Supriya Murthy from aalayam very kindly featured my work on their blog as their recently featured artist :) Do have a look at  

Thursday, February 27, 2014

INDIA: an alphabet ride

I've been working on 'India: An Alphabet Ride'  for the past year and the book is finally out now in book stores. Conceived
and written by Shallu Jindal, a renowned Kuchipudi danseuse, the book has been published by Natraj Publishers

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I am Oscar

Sometimes, I'm lucky and get  to read really nice books when I have  to illustrate their covers . I thoroughly enjoyed reading this witty as well as heartbreaking (in parts) book by Ken Spillman . 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

The name is Bond..Ruskin Bond

I was asked to create a series of three cover illustrations  for  3 volumes of  Ruskin Bond's stories . Maithili Doshi, the extremely talented and wonderful art director at Rupa, commisioned these and also designed 
the final covers. 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

This Side That Side: Restorying Partition,

An anthology of graphic stories based on the partition; This Side That Side: 
Restorying Partition, has been curated by Vishwajyoti Ghosh and published by
 Arpita Das of Yodakin .I'm happy to have had the chance to contribute to
 the art of this book by working on a story by Tabish Khair called 'The Old Fable',
 a parody that captures the absurdity of the act of dividing 
a nation. The book will be out by the end of August . 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

Cadbury's Bournville - animated vignette

Was much fun to do  a really small piece of hand drawn animation after ages for 'The Crew'; a production house in Delhi.  Warning: blogger's really compressed the video to bits.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

cover illustration for Ranjit Lal's Bambi, Chops and Wag

Two cover options for Ranjit Lal's adorable book about his three canine friends . A must for all dog lovers. The story is
set in Delhi and the cover was done using watercolours .The publishers (Roli books) went for
the black and white cover.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Jumpstart 2013 conference logo illustration

So,I helped set  the visual language of this years Jumpstart conference; the theme of which is translations and the role of translators in children's books,with this illustration.The second drawing is actually the first sketch that was sent to the German Book office, that organises the conference each year
The designers at tiffin box design , took this forward really well . Take a look at how -

Friday, May 24, 2013

A garland of memories - Ruskin Bond

Mr. Bond turned 79 on May 19th and 'Garland of memories was released on the occasion of his birthday. Here are two options that were considered while making the cover . The more colourful yellow one finally made it to press.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Cover illustration for Travel + Leisure magazine's family issue April 2013

Colours of Delhi for HT's 'You read they learn' campaign

I was one of the three illustrators who was part of the   the wonderful 'You read they learn' campaign organised by Pratham books and the Hindustan Times this month . On May 1st, thousand of  copies of  'Colours of Delhi'  got printed on the front page of HT (imagine !) and were  in circulation in the Delhi, Gurgaon and NCR region. The pages could be cut out  and folded into a book and the  story  could be read out to children who cannot read, are learning to read or given to children who cannot afford books. Check out some images here .This book is available for download here . Jasjyot is one of the other illustrators who was part of the campaign. Do check out his work at . You will be left amazed.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Maya saves the day

Some illustrations from Maya saves  the day . A wonderful book written by Meera Nair published by Duckbill books .  

Monday, February 4, 2013