I am an architect and sustainable building designer and analyst by training.
I grew up in a small town in India. While my little town didn’t have malls or TV, it did come with the unbeknownst gifts of time and freedom. I roamed the hills around my house and delighted in the smells and tastes of grass, trees, fruits and flowers.
My unfettered meanderings in the countryside also gave me the opportunity of knowing time – not from a watch or a smartphone, but from the movements of the sun and shadows, the color of the sky and the rise and fall of bird chatter. When the sky grew pink and the shadows long, I knew that just like those birds, it was time for me to fly home.
This naturally made me curious about the synergetic underpinnings of nature and taking care of it, which, I aimed to fulfil through a focus on science in school. I was also enamored with its irreplaceable beauty, and I satisfied my creative cravings through drawing and painting.
As I couldn’t decide between art and science when the time for college rolled around, I ended up getting a bachelor’s degree in Architecture, and an M.S. in Sustainable Building Design.
During the years that I spent working as an architect and sustainable building designer and analyst in San Francisco, I had helped in reducing tons of greenhouse gases and improving the air quality for thousands of workers and children.
I also continued to draw from time to time.
My illustrations appeared in a few books and posters.
Even though I had never quite completely outgrown my love of picture books, that love intensified as I stepped into middle age. Just like my beloved trees, whose roots have grown deeper and spread wider with age, perhaps, so, too, is the case with my cranial pathways that have decided to burrow deeper and stronger into the joys and memories of childhood – remember drawing?
So, I left my job, and am trying to bring to life picture books of my own, using those very same themes of sustainability and co-existence that have remained as a common thread through changes in my profession and my homeland.
While, the tropical thickets and abundant smells and sounds of my childhood have been replaced by the clear blue skies and an urban existence by the San Francisco Bay, nature continues to inspire and energize me. I hope that someday I can go back to living amidst wide open spaces.
Thank you for visiting.