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A Gujarat Here, A Gujarat There: Fantasy Book Cover 2

{Update: This image actually will be used for the cover of the book!}


This is my fantasy cover for my translation of Krishna Sobti's Hindi novel Gujarat Pakistan se Gujarat Hindustan. The translation is out in February 2019.


The novel is about a young (semi-autobiographical) woman's journey into independence after Indian Independence and Partition. She answers an ad for a job as principal of a new Montessori preschool in the princely state of Sirohi, and through a series of surprising events ends up as the governess of the child maharaja, Tej Singh, who is about 5 years old.


The text beneath the drawing I have translated thus:


The car zooms towards the old pond.

Jay Singh takes out a gun and shows it to Bavasi. ‘This has shot in it,’ he says. ‘You just press the trigger.’

A Maharaja from earliest childhood, Tej Singh does not hesitate. This is not his first time. He is an adept learner. The tiny finger presses down and the waterfowl on the pond scatter, just from the noise!

Tej Singh fixes his eyes on the pond, then asks, ‘Ma’am, why are they so fearful? The moment they hear the noise why do they flutter about and fall down?’

‘Darling, they’re birds, not tigers.’


Acrylic on wooden panel, 8" x 10"

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Taken on November 16, 2018