Cubbon Park: The Green Heart of Bengaluru
Roopa Pai with Harini Nagendra
Roopa Pai is one of India’s best-known children’s writers. She has written over 20 books, spanning the gamut from picture books to chapter books, and fiction to non-fiction, on themes as diverse as sci-fi fantasy, economics, popular science, history, math and philosophy. Among her books is the best-selling ‘The Gita For Children’, which won the Crossword Award for children’s writing in 2016. When she is not writing, Roopa is indulging her three other loves – history, teaching and Bangalore – by leading children on heritage and nature walks around the city.
Harini Nagendra is a professor of ecology at Azim Premji University, and a well-known public speaker and writer on issues of nature and sustainability. She has received multiple awards for her research that include the 2009 Cozzarelli Prize from the US National Academy of Sciences, the 2013 Elinor Ostrom Senior Scholar award, and the 2017 Clarivate Web of Science award for interdisciplinary research in India.
The Bangalore Detectives Club is her first crime fiction novel. Her non-fiction books include Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present and Future, and two books co-authored with Seema Mundoli – So Many Leaves, and Cities and Canopies: Trees in Indian Cities, which received the 2020 Publishing Next Awards for best English non-fiction book in India, and was featured on the 2021 Green Literature Festival’s honor list.
Harini lives in Bangalore with her family, in a home filled with maps. She loves trees, mysteries, and traditional recipes.