Fantastical Plants of the Western Ghats


  • An illustrated book on 'fantastical' plants of the Western Ghats—from carnivores to parasites to flowers that stink of rotting flesh

  • Aimed at changing peoples' perception of plants as passive and devoid of agency

  • Collaborators: photographer Prasenjeet Yadav, botanist Siddarth Machado and writer Suniti Rao

  • National Geographic Young Explorers Grant awardee

  • India launch at the Bangalore Literature Festival, with a showcase of original paintings at the Bangalore International Centre (2019)

  • International launch at the National Geographic Storytellers Summit in Washington D.C. (2020)

  • Press: The Hindu, Firstpost, Indian Express, Deccan Chronicle



PILLARS of LIFE (2018)

An illustrated book documenting 30 iconic trees native to the Western Ghats, through their leaves, flowers, fruit and seeds.

Proceeds go toward the Anamalai Rainforest Restoration Trust.

Authored by Divya Mudappa and TR Shankar Raman of the Nature Conservation Foundation

Botanical Illustrations by Nirupa Rao

5 additional sketches by Sartaj Ghuman

Foreword by Pradip Krishen


I am currently working on a series of book covers for author Amitav Ghosh, to be published by Penguin-Random House. I am also developing a plant curriculum for children in areas adjoining forests where man-animal conflict is high, along with Dr Krithi Karanth