Salim Mamoo and Me
Author : Zai Whitaker
Illustrated by Prabha Mallya
9789350469279 | PB | pp. 28 | 2017 | Tulika Books
Zai’s uncle is the famous ‘birdman of India’ Salim Ali, everyone in her family is a birding expert, and she herself can’t so much as identify the pipit sitting right under her nose.
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Zai’s uncle is the famous ‘birdman of India’ Salim Ali, everyone in her family is a birding expert, and she herself can’t so much as identify the pipit sitting right under her nose. In this delightful portrait of childhood, Zai Whitaker recounts her early birding woes and how she winged it. Prabha Mallya’s pictures pick up the humour, and are an arresting collage of a bird-filled Bombay of the past, and a troubled little girl with a ‘superstar’ uncle!
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About the Contributors
Zai Whitaker grew up in Mumbai, in a family of naturalists. She has written novels, stories and poems for children – including Andamans Boy, Kali and the Rat Snake and Kanna Panna, published by Tulika. She now lives and works at the Madras Crocodile Bank near Chennai, which she helped ‘Snake Man’ Rom Whitaker set up almost 40 years ago.
Prabha Mallya is an illustrator and comics creator. She is known for pasting insects in chapter margins, pressing flowers into endpapers, populating spines with kittens and seeing the world through dystopic-tinted glasses. She is at her happiest when fussing around with inks and stubby pencils, and frequently has black fingernails.
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