The Living Museum

A book created by Anisha Jayadevan, Ishika Ramakrishna, Manini Bansal and Janhavi Rajan,
and illustrated by Babakiki

[Order the book here or here]

The Living Museum, a book born out of mutual curiosity for the natural world all around us, is our lengthy love letter to the urban biodiversity of India. Our motley team of five women came together to write, illustrate and design a book that will take you through the live exhibits of the natural world all around us – in our homes and gardens, by our bustling roads, during the day and even at night! There is a plethora of life thriving in our cities, right under our eyes, ears and noses. Join the jumping spider, your trusty tour guide, as you hop through each hall of this bustling museum, learning more about the plants, insects, birds, arachnids, reptiles and mammals that comprise our cities.

We hope that this book inspires you to tune into your surroundings a bit closer and part take of the phenomenal drama that unfolds around you every day – in potted plants, street corners, building nooks, shade trees or fleeting rain puddles.

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted us all in different ways, making us reflect and slow down, absorbing and appreciating our surroundings more than we did before. We channeled our energies into writing and designing The Living Museum over a period of 2.5 years – each of us chipping in from different parts of the world. This book truly is a labour of our collective love, and we’re delighted to finally share it with you.

The production and distribution of this book was made possible with the support of Bengaluru Sustainability Forum, Nagarathna Memorial Grant and published by the Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning.

If you’d like to order The Living Museum, you can order it from Champaca Bookstore or Goobe’s Book Republic.

All the profits from book sales will be reinvested into translating and printing this book in various Indian languages, and for facilitating the further distribution of the book.

To know more about our journey of creation with the book, you can listen to this episode we did with

The Thing About Wildlife Podcast!