Drawing: ABC

My project was to design the typeface for the first letter of each story in the politically correct, updated version of the Panchatantra. Written in, some believe, 300 BC by Vishnu Sarma, the Panchatantra is similar to Aesop’s fables. The author liked the few letters I did, and changed the beginning of each story to include all the letters of the Roman alphabet.

Aditi Raychoudhury. A. Pen and Ink. 1996.
Aditi Raychoudhury. B. Pen and Ink. 1996.
Aditi Raychoudhury. C. Pen and Ink. 1996.
About the Book:
A wacky take-off on Vishnu Sharma’s PanchatantraInspired by James Finn Garner’s Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, best-selling author Gautam Bhatia takes the men, women and animals of the Panchatantra and relocates them in contemporary India with its newly acquired nations of political correctness. So we have the fiercely vocal lesbian feminist, Yajnadatta, who leaves her husband for a woman; the expatriate dog Chitranga who flees racial persecution in the West; and a mongoose with an Oedipus complex, armed with a .45 Colt. As these characters engage with the burning issues of the day—unemployment, oppression, environmental pollution, sexual incompatibility—they lay bare the hilarious absurdities of our muddled world.

Product Details:

Title: Punchtantra
Gautam Bhatia
Publishing Date:
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Number of Pages:

4 thoughts on “Drawing: ABC

  1. I am not sure if Its still in print – but you should be able to find it in any large bookstore in India. Oh no, I haven’t changed my name – its been mis spelled and too late for me to do anything!


  2. Your illustration on the politically updated version of panchatantar is really interesting
    i would be keenly interesetd to possess the that version of the book
    how would i procure it
    any clue
    interestingly when i clicked in the (updated version )red ikon of your article
    the page flashed and flashed your name as Adita Raychoudhary. Have you changed the name of your spelling or your name altogether
    i look forward to hear from you via mail


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