Putul lives by the Ganga in a fishing village in Bengal. In the torrential monsoons one year, the mighty river swells over the banks and into the huts and two friendly dolphins come leaping in the water right through Putul’s window! the story strikes a universal chord by highlighting the empathetic relationship people share with nature when their everyday lives are so closely linked with it. Clear lines and earthy colours of the folkstyle illustrations capture the grand sweep of the river and life beside it.
Mariam Karim Ahlawat studied at Jawarharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and the Sorbonne in Paris, and is a university teacher in French language and literature. She has been writing for children for over fourteen years, does creative writing workshops, and scripts and designs multimedia for children. Some of her picture books with Tulika are Putul and the Dolphins and The King and the Kiang.
Proiti Roy is one of the country’s finest illustrators and a winner of the Big Little Book Award for children’s book illustration, Proiti Roy graduated in fine arts in Shantiniketan, Bengal. Her nuanced sense of form and colour evoke many emotions. Among her acclaimed books with Tulika are Ismat’s Eid, The Snow King’s Daughter, In Bon Bibi’s Forest, Bulbuli’s Bamboo, Unhappy Moon and A Walk with Thambi. She now lives in Shantiniketan with her many rescued dogs and cats.