Excuse Me, Is this India?

Anushka Ravishankar, Anita Leutwiler

Excuse Me, Is This India? is a roving travelogue through a child’s imagination. Drifting off to sleep beneath a picture-quilt made by a globe-trotting aunt, the book’s young narrator becomes a bright blue mouse, swept away on an unexpected trip to India… or, is it India? Directed this way and that, she discovers that the enjoyment of the journey is what makes the trip, not the destination. Illustrated with exquisite quilts made from Indian textiles, this book of brilliant riddling verse captures the surreal mixture of places, people, and creatures that make up India.

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Weight 280.0 g
Dimensions 229 × 222 mm








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Foreign Rights Sold


English (Australia & New Zealand)

Spinifex Press


Artone Co. Ltd.

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Anushka Ravishankar

Anushka Ravishankar

Dubbed ‘India’s Dr. Seuss’, Anushka Ravishankar is one of India’s most celebrated children’s authors, and her witty and jubilant tales are internationally acclaimed and widely translated. Anushka has now written over twenty books and travelled widely performing from her stories. In 2012, she founded the Indian children’s publishing house Duckbill together with Sayoni Basu. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.


Anita Leutwiler

Anita Leutwiler is a Swiss textile artist, famed for her creative and meticulous use of fabric to create images that have both depth and lightness. During her travels around India, she collected snippets of the textile riches of the country. With the stray bits of cloth that she took back, she created a series of images to capture her experiences, which became Excuse Me, Is This India?

Rathna Ramanathan

Rathna Ramanathan

Designer Rathna Ramanathan has steered the design philosophy of Tara since the very beginning. In the process, she can be said to have pioneered innovative children’s book design in India. Her main interest is in typography as well as in changing the form of the book. She runs minus9, her own graphic design studio, and is currently the Head of Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, London. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.