Alone in the Forest

Gita Wolf, Andrea Anastasio, Bhajju Shyam One day, Musa sets off alone to collect wood from the forest near his home. Suddenly, he hears a deafening noise and is overcome with terror. Was it the sound of a wild boar? A whole herd of wild boars? Or something even worse? Bhajju Shyam, renowned Gond artist from India, conjures up a haunting world of village and forest, which captures a child’s inner world of fear and foreboding. His earthy imagination and pitch perfect images capture what it means to be afraid, and how one emerges from this state.

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Weight240 g
Dimensions240 × 185 mm








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Gita Wolf

Gita Wolf

Gita Wolf started Tara Books as an independent publishing house based in India. An original and creative voice in contemporary Indian publishing, she is known for her interest in exploring and experimenting with the form of the book. She has written over twenty books for children and adults. Several have won major international awards and been translated into multiple languages. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.

Andrea Anastasio

Andrea Anastasio

Artist and designer Andrea Anastasio was born in Rome, and studied Philosophy, Asian studies, and Street Theatre, before going on to start a very successful design practice. Andrea’s connection to India is a long one, going back to 1991 when he began researching rural architecture, folk art and religion. He now regularly commutes between India and Italy. Click here to discover his other Tara Books.

Bhajju Shyam

Bhajju Shyam

Bhajju Shyam belongs to the Gond tribe of artists—a community of highly visual story-tellers—from Madhya Pradesh in India. His captivating art keeps the symbolic density of the Gond style, bringing to it the intelligence and clarity of his own vision. The versatile artist has received international acclaim since his runaway success in 2003 with The London Jungle Book. Click here to discover his other Tara Books.


Nia Thandapani

Graphic designer Nia Thandapani is based in Bangalore. A graduate of Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, London, she’s spent the last nine years working across London, Sri Lanka and India. Alongside commissioned projects, Nia researches and documents lesser explored aspects of design and visual culture in India. Nia co-runs Carrom, a design and illustration studio. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.