Jagadish and the Talking Plant


Author: Swati Shome
Illustrated by Anushree Bhat

9789350463550 | HB | pp. 48 | 2013 | Tulika Publishers

This is an imaginative look at the life of the scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose in comic book format.

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In the early 20th century, after making pathbreaking innovations in wireless communication, pioneering scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose (J.C. Bose) turned to the world of plants. Merging the boundaries of biology and physics, he became a forerunner of biophysics, inventing ingenious instruments to study plant intelligence. His research remains radical even today, more than 150 years after his birth. In this first-of-its-kind comic book, the maverick scientist’s journey is imagined through the eyes of Mimosa Pudica — the ‘touch-me-not’ plant he used extensively in his research. Extracts from a well-known speech and an entry from Bose’s own journal offer a direct glimpse into a fascinating mind. A crisp timeline gives an overview of his life, while humorous asides and quick facts pack in a punch.

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Illustrator: Anushree Bhat




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About the Contributors

After many years of research in cell biology, Swati Shome now runs a hands-on science lab for children in Pune. She believes that an early exposure to a wide range of experiences bolsters a child’s natural ability to observe the world. She is also a content developer for NCERT, Delhi.

The illustrator was studying animation at tne National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, when she worked on this book as part of her diploma project. She has also illustrated When I Grow Up for Tulika.


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