About Me

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While, the tropical thickets and abundant smells and sounds of my childhood have been replaced by the clear blue skies and an urban existence by the San Francisco Bay, nature continues to inspire and energize me.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.

-Aditi

20 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Lemon March 18, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    ‘Tis indeed fun stuff you have here, and I look forward to seeing more of your creations. 😀
    Cheers,
    Nancy

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  2. slmann May 13, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    I look forward to following your imagination.- Sharon

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  3. Amber Roy Chowdhury July 1, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    Very nice writeup, Jhumki. Apart from having developed your artistic talent, you also have a gift for writing which comes through in the intro and in your other writings. Write and paint more, and have fun!

    Dadabhai

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    • aditi raychoudhury July 2, 2011 at 10:57 am #

      Thank you, Amber! I hope to be more productive in the future than I have been in the past – ….

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  4. Meghan Ward June 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    Hey! You should have your picture on your About Me page!

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  5. Bethany February 9, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Hi! I happened upon your blog when looking for other books by Chris Raschka, and I saw your blog profiled him (my two-year-old son’s favorite book is Yo! Yes?). I followed the white rabbit down the internet hole and saw you have profiled many other wonderful artists and authors, and i am sharing your blog on Facebook and will be checking back. I hope you are able to pay the bills, because your writing is fantastic, and you have done very diligent work to profile and gather all these artists and authors!
    Best of luck in life to you.

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    • aditi raychoudhury February 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

      Hi Bethany

      Thank you so much for your kind comments. As you can tell, I haven’t had updated my blog in a while… but your comment is inspiring me to start updating it again. There is a great illustrators blog out of Oakland, CA, called http://grainedit.com/. No, i have nothing to do with it- but it showcases great talent. You can check out my work at lunaspace.wordpress.com

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  6. Sheetal October 16, 2010 at 9:07 pm #

    Aditi,
    You painted in school with (with me as well) and you are still painting beautifully. amazing writing skill. When are you publishing your first book?
    Would love to read it!
    Keep up the good work.

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  7. Nandini Chatterjee July 13, 2010 at 2:07 am #

    Dear Aditi, I want to use Jamini Roy’s Crucifixion as the cover image of my forthcoming book. Do you know in which musewum this painting is housed? If I knew this, I could contac the museum about copyright permission. Many thanks, Nandini

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  8. Ricky April 5, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    And then I stumble upon this…!! Memories of the Odissi dance, the fun times at Raurkella flood thru.

    Hope you doin well….

    And, best of luck with your book and the yes the chocolate mousse!! ;D

    Take care.

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  9. michael December 8, 2008 at 12:29 am #

    Hi Aditi, it was a pleasure meeting you at the SF Center for the Book. Thanks for the kind words about my work; I enjoy your blog and see that we share a lot of the same interests and aesthetics! See you around ~

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  10. ritika September 24, 2008 at 2:44 am #

    hi aditi,

    your work is original..i connect with the indianess of the stories..i am a jewellery, accessory designer and chanced upon your site while looking for panchatantra stories .
    great work!

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  11. ellora July 11, 2008 at 7:53 am #

    Hey Aditi…You never stop amazing me ..
    How true it is to let the inner urge find a medium of expression!!
    I am happy.. you have already started your journey…The creative impetus is yet to see its finest stroke!!
    Best
    Ellora

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  12. Tracing Vincent June 24, 2008 at 6:55 am #

    Hi There!

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  13. Aninditakali March 20, 2008 at 8:23 am #

    Your writing conjures up images in my minds ey that is whre the success of the writer lies. keep it up great

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  14. SwatiAcharya March 18, 2008 at 8:53 pm #

    Sweet, very sweet.

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