I am an architect and building scientist by training, but I have also illustrated a few books.
I grew up in a simpler time, in a simple Indian town with a simple life. While my little town didn’t come with malls or TV, it came with the now rare gifts of time and freedom.
I roamed the hills around my house and delighted in the smells and tastes of trees and grass, fruits and flowers. I spent most of my afternoons chasing butterflies, climbing trees, climging trees, plucking fruit.. and drawing.
My free-range countryside living gave me not just time, but also the weaoth of knowing time – not from a watch or a smartphone, but from the movements of sun and shadows, the changing 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.
All my outdoor living naturally made me curious about nature which, I aimed to fulfil through a love of science. I was also enamored with its irreplaceable beauty, which I satisfied through drawing and painting.
As I couldn’t decide between art and science when the time for college rolled around, I got 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 building scientist 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 during my commute.
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, which seem to burrow deeper and stronger into the joys and memories of childhood, like drawing.
So, I quit 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 constant through changes in professions and homelands.
While, the tropical thickets and abundant smells and sounds of my childhood have been replaced by the clearer skies and more urban existence of Berkeley, nature continues to inspire and energize me.
Thank you for visiting.