HIDDEN KINGDOM ~ Fascinating Plants from the Western Ghats

A book for anyone over age 9, featuring 'charismatic' plants of the Western Ghats—the weird and the whacky, the carnivorous and the parasitic, the stinky

and the unimaginably valuable

It will be translated into regional languages and distributed among schools in the vicinity of the Western Ghats.

This project was awarded a National Geographic Young Explorer's Grant. 

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

(These spreads are excerpts from the book in no particular order. Mr Tudge, you may notice an ode to you in the last line of the first spread).



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