Category : Environment
“Did we take more than our due?”
Weaving his tale around a Gond fable about water, artist Subash Vyam muses on the history of our relationship to this most primeval of elements. A migrant to the city, he recalls growing up in a village where water was always scarce and human ingenuity was welcomed. In contrast to the village, the needs of the city are monstrous and there is a great danger that we will run this resource completely dry. In the end, there is only one way forward: all communities need to make a pact with Nature in order to survive — or in our mindless push to harness her powers, we might lose our own place in this universe.
Bologna Prize, Best Children's Publisher of the Year in Asia 2013
The London Book Fair, International Book Industry Excellence Awards 2014
What we like about it : A unique children's book that looks like no other. We love the illustrations, inspired by the local folkloric heritage of the Indian Chennai region. It is a resourceful and smooth way to broaden the future generation's understanding of water scarcity viewed from an Indian perspective and raise their awareness from an early age.
Subhash Vyam : A talented artist from the Gond tribe of Central India. His paintings often depict Gond myths, offering a balance of narrative with colour and line. His works have been exhibited in galleries and museums, both in India and abroad. Orange, gold, yellow and green are his favourite colours to paint with.