This week we’ve curated a set of conversations with some of our favourite writers and illustrators:

From The Hindu, here’s a lovely piece about Zai Whitaker’s latest book, The Adventures of the Humongoose Family. Whitaker warmly recalls her experiences of raising abandoned baby mongooses and talks about what it means to write about nature and conservation for a young audience.

From Nature in Focus, we have an interview with Rohan Chakravarty, creator of the popular comic series ‘Green Humour,’ and now author and illustrator of Bird Business, which has been published by the Bombay Natural History Society.  In this piece, Chakravarty discusses the process that went into conceptualising and creating the book, why he loves birds, and what it’s like to be a nature-oriented cartoonist.

And the Indian Express chats with Venita Coelho about her latest book All of Me. Coelho talks about where she draws her inspiration from, and what she thinks about writing for children. Read what she has to say here.

On a more solemn note: last week, the Indian literary world lost one of its doyens, playwright, public intellectual and actor, Girish Karnad. Karnad was also known for his work in the children’s literary sphere. Most notably, he did the Kannada translation of the acclaimed Tulika title by Mahasweta Devi, The Why-Why Girl, and voiced the part of Karadi the bear in the popular mythology series of audiobooks brought out by Karadi Tales. Read about Karnad, and his vast contributions to Indian literary culture in these moving obituaries in Livemint and The Telegraph.


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