Illustration Series

Welcome to our guest column series "Drawn from Memory: Reflections on the Art of Illustration."

JJ Books has invited well known writers to recall images that have inspired their work, from Brahma to Beardsley and beyond.


Shome Dasgupta on The Giving Tree

It was a gift for his seventh birthday but innovative author Shome Dasgupta still finds himself talking to the tree.

The tree and its relationship with the boy taught me quite a bit about kindness and compassion and patience.

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Shome Dasgupta on The Giving Tree- blog

Justine Hardy on Where the Wild Things Are

Author and psychotherapist Justine Hardy works in the Kashmir war zone. She says Maurice Sendak knew where the wild things were.

Where the Wild Things Are was published half a century ago and yet it could have been written yesterday.

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Anand Neelakantan on Ganesha

Bestselling author Anand Neelakantan sat down to write about atheists of ancient India for this series but found himself thinking about elephant wisdom on a mouse! 'Certain things are beyond our control,' he says.

The story of the richest man ever known to the world and the wisest of all gods.

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Anand Neelakantan on Ganesha- blog