Speaking to an Elephant and Other Tales from the Kadars

Manish Chandi, Madhuri Ramesh and Matthew Frame

This collection of unusual folklore features the world of the Kadars, a small indigenous community in South India. Originally narrated to the authors by Kadar elders, these stories recall ways of living in forest habitats that hold important lessons for all those interested in regrowing our forests. Textured and evocative illustrations by Matthew Frame bring alive the world of animals and foliage in a tropical forest.

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Weight 160.0 g
Dimensions 240 × 180 mm








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Madhuri Ramesh

Madhuri Ramesh is an ecologist who first met the Kadars when she went to study the secretive Travancore tortoise in the Anamalai Hills. At present, she is completing her doctoral thesis on the political ecology of marine turtle conservation in Odisha, at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) in Bangalore. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.


Manish Chandi

Manish Chandi studied Economics in the Madras Christian College, and went on to work on a doctoral thesis on the Nicobar islanders after spending two decades in the islands. He worked in the Valparai plateau on the Anamalai Hills along with the Nature Conservation Foundation during which he collected folktales from various Kadars he lived and worked with. Click here to discover his other Tara Books.

Matthew Frame

Matthew Frame

Since completing his Masters in Communication Design at Central Saint Martins, artist Matthew Frame’s practice has focussed on how illustration can address the issues surrounding social cohesion in the globalised world. His emphasis on hand-drawn imagery and analogue production techniques inform his design outlook and underpin his distinctive approach to illustration. Click here to discover his other Tara Books.


Dhwani Shah

Designer Dhwani Shah is an illustrator and graphic designer from Mumbai. She studied design from Sir J.J. School of Applied Art, Mumbai and National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She enjoys working on editorial illustrations, non fiction comics and publication design projects. Good food, conversations and books keep her going. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.