Gulab works happily from dawn to dusk in the garden at the house
on top of the hill. One evening he takes back with him a big bunch
of magnolias for his wife. But on the way he gives away a flower to
each of the friends he meets Raju Ghodawala, Tsering and her
baby who have come from Tibet, Lachhami going back to her cows,
Hari Dhabawala, the girl who loves to paint... And for his wife?
As Gulab wends his way home, the hill town of Shimla emerges
in charming and unexpected detail. The places, the people and their
stories come together as in a large painting, captured here in the
Pahari miniature art style of the region, Himachal. Floating above it
all is the beautiful magnolia, the soft white flower 'like the moon'.
Malati Shah studied Art in the USA and has had several solo and
group shows. She grew up in a joint family in Delhi, and spent a lot
of time looking for quiet places to hide and read. She lives in the USA
and in India, with her husband and black labrador named Kaza. Her
two children are almost all grown up now.
Amrita Kanther has a Master's in Design (Visual Communication)
from the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay. She is interested in
designing for children, bi-cultural design, publication design and
visual interaction design for digital media. Her earlier book with Tulika was The Lion and the Fox.
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