10 Indian Champions Who Are Fighting to Save the Planet

Written by Bijal Vachharajani and Radha Rangarajan

About the Book

The book tells the stories of ten Indian conservationists working in diverse ways to save the world from human destructiveness, often facing seemingly insurmountable odds – Romulus Whitaker, Parineeta Dandekar, Rohan Arthur, Vidya Athreya, Aparajita Datta, Jay Mazoomdaar, Minal Pathak, Rohan Chakravarty, Kavitha Kuruganti and Laxmi Kamble. Bijal Vachharajani and Radha Rangarajan write about the inspiring lives of people who are striving to solve the most pressing problems on this planet – from climate change to habitat degradation, and from food insecurity to species loss.

Bijal, talking about her experience of writing the book says, Writing ’10 Indian Champions Who Are Fighting to Save the Planet’, for Duckbill, was an adventure, where we got to talk to some amazing nature defenders and listen to them. There’s so much to learn from all of them, especially in this urgent time. After all, there is no Planet B. Plus we got to draw a platypus!” and Radha adds to this saying, “We are in the middle of a pandemic, while already being deep in a climate crisis – both of which have been caused by our excessive meddling with the environment. Every expert we spoke to while writing the book made us hyper-aware of the fact that they still continue to learn new things from nature. We should too, and we are thrilled to be able to amplify their voices through the book.”

About the Authors

A porcupine at heart, Bijal Vachharajani is usually found in her den – reading, writing, or editing children’s books – with one of her many quills. She is known to get prickly over climate change.

Radha Rangarajan is usually found lost in either a forest or a book. A photographer and a writer, she also dabbles in filmmaking and art. She’s a natural history buff and is partial to elephants, fungi, owls, and trees.

The book has been published by Duckbill – Penguin. It can be purchased from various bookstores and online. A Kindle version is available too.