Deeply honored to have illustrated four book covers for Indian author Ruskin Bond for Penguin India. It’s a dream come true to see that little orange penguin stamped on my work, alongside a legendary name in children’s literature.
I call this a poem although after creating a beautiful turbulence inside me the words shed their music as they surface and settle into the steadier pattern of prose. I was always hoping to be able to write this. But a poem does not ripen for you, you have to ripen for it.
Kamala Das, from “The Introduction,” Selected Poems, ed. Devindra Kohli (Penguin Books India, 2014)