Ditto’s gotten hard to read over the years—that makes it sound like I knew him inside out when he was a kid and I really don’t think I did. For Appa, I think we were frozen in whichever place he’d left us at. It was like living with a complete stranger. If I stare at Amma long enough, maybe it’ll give me an insight into how her mind works. It’s hard not to stare at Vinay. When I do it for long enough, I convince myself that I’m in love with him. Like Goldilocks, Lara riffles through the contents of my mind, going through stuff clearly marked private and trying everything on for size. What kind of a stupid scene is this that I meet some guy I used to crush on from within the safe confines of my head and decide that he’s it, my grand passion.
Abhignya Cavale has been dabbling with colours for the last 12 years. She is a budding illustrator and animator from University of Technology Sydney. A travel and adventure enthusiast, she is always open to new experiences. She loves sketching quirky, lively characters with bold colours for that’s how she views the world around her. Here she talks about illustrating her first book – “Kokachi & Makachi: Down to the Village”.
Revathi Suresh writes for children and about young people. Her book ‘Jobless Clueless Reckless’ was published by Duckbill. She has been writing for almost twenty years now, and her work has been published in various magazines including The Bombay Review. She also writes regularly for The Hindu. Here, Revathi Suresh talks about In Now & Then published by 1InchMargin, her follow-up novel to Jobless Clueless Reckless.
I’m not one to look at trees closely. I don’t know their names, can’t figure them out by the shape of their leaves or their flowers. For me, they are like dogs. I love them and need them. Being around them is calming and comforting and knowing who’s who and what’s what is not important. But if you’ve lived in Bangalore long enough, you’ll learn willy-nilly to recognise the honge—it’s everywhere, and always eye-catching, always pretty, somewhat delicate. Just before the onset of summer, there’s ‘fall’, when many trees in the city shed their leaves by heaps and mounds. Then, almost out of nowhere, they start sprouting leaves and flowers in magical colours.
I love the colour of tender honge leaves, and their shape. Their droopy, low-hanging branches might brush against you as you walk on by, seeking to clasp you in their cool embrace or their small flowers fall on you like a blessing; their seed pods are flat, brown, often mango-shaped. For me, the honge evokes this city more than any other tree
Kokachi and Makachi are two little monsters who live on a hill. They are very different from other monsters — they’re terrified of people! One cold winter, they decide to go down to the village in search of a warmer place. Nothing unusual about this, except that the village is full of… people! Are the monsters ready for this adventure?A delightful story that is small on monsters but big on laughs!
Written by Greystroke Illustrated by Abhignya Cavale Edited by Vidya Mani