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These Bengaluru-based children’s book illustrators, Priya Kuriyan and Rajiv Eipe, populate their pages with character and spirit.

These Bengaluru-based children’s book illustrators, Priya Kuriyan and Rajiv Eipe, populate their pages with character and spirit.

In India, where the children’s book market is dominated by global bestselling authors, countless mythological tales and anthologies of the house wisdom variety, the popularity of Bengaluru-based illustrators Priya Kuriyan and Rajiv Eipe seems to be a anomaly. Say their names, and parents, librarians, and children will beam with delight and churn out their favorite books by them.

Ever since I became a parent, their books have graced the shelves of our home. The first set of picture books we purchased included Dinosaur-As-Long-As-127-Kids by Geetha Dharmarajan and illustrated by Eipe (Katha Books) and I’m So Sleepy written by Radhika Chadha and illustrated by Kuriyan ( Tulika Books). Both were their first attempts at picture book illustration and since then they have gone on to make many books that have delighted readers: at nearly 40, Eipe’s tally is close to 30 books, while that Kuriyan, 41, posted almost double. .

It is this ability to look at the mundane with piercing eyes and portray it with a certain tenderness and wit that makes their works so memorable. Women wear sneakers with salwars, children have plain eyebrows and grandmothers have chin hair.

“Drawing is the only thing I can do to be useful in the world. It’s immensely joyful to be part of creating books and knowing that you are contributing to the enrichment process of someone’s childhood When you create a book, it exists in the world forever, if not in print, at least in the minds and memories of readers,” shares Eipe, who until recently ran his own animation studio. feels that his motivation is sometimes selfish. “I get great pleasure from creating scenarios, observing people and their lives, and making a story out of it. And I feel like I’m making a difference in some way.” way.

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