Guild member author Uma Krishnaswami and illustrator Uma Krishnaswamy have always wanted their names to appear together in the same book. It has finally happened in Out of the Way! Out of the Way! published by Tulia Books, India, in English and eight Indian languages.
It is the poetic story of a boy who protects a new tree in the middle of a dusty path. The path becomes a busy urban thoroughfare but the tree grows to nourish wildlife in its branches and people who pass under it. In a simple lyrical way, Out of the Way! Out of the Way! subverts commonly held views on environment and development by showing simultaneously the growth of a wide-spreading tree and a busy winding road, with each making room for the other. Pictures looking almost like embroidery charmingly blend styles to give this allegorical tale a timeless feel.
Watch an interview with Uma here.