A book reading session on ‘Saving The Dalai Lama’s Cranes’ and talk about the region of Arunachal Pradesh and its environment by Neeraj Vagholikar for kids of above 10years at Pune International Literary Festival.

Venue: YASHADA Date: 22nd Sept 2019 Time: 5pm to 6pm

A remarkable, non-violent movement took place in 2012-14 near Khag in Kashmir, to conserve Tosamaidan, a lovely, biodiversity-rich Himalayan landscapes of forests, meadows and mountains. The main focus of the movement was to stop an army firing range that had killed several people and livestock, and caused loss of livelihoods, for several decades. Local villagers of about 60 panchayats mobilized under the banner of
Tosamaidan Bachao Front, with help from civil society groups, and convinced the government to not extend its lease. Subsequently, movement members have been planning ecological regenration and alternative livelihood options for the local people, especially youth. In the new situation created by the central government’s proposed abrogation of Kashmir’s special status and downgrading it to a Union Territory, the future
of this unique initiative is uncertain.

An illustrated presentation by Shrishtee Bajpai and Ashish Kothari of Kalpavriksh, who visited Tosamaidan in June this year.

Saturday, 7th September, 11 am
Location: Pagdandi Basement, Shop No.6, Regent Plaza, Baner Pashan Link Road, Behind
Symantec, Baner 411045, Pune,
Entry Free. Seating on first come basis

Wild Vegetable Festival at Yelavali

Dear all, 

Women in Yelavali, Bhimashankar are organising Wild Vegetable Festival on 8th September at 11 AM. You all are cordially invited for this event! 

For details please check the brochure. 


Kalpavriksh in association with Pratham Books presents ‘Kahani Din’ on 8th September celebrating the World Literacy Day with Stories, Children and Books!

Children’s Books on Nature and Wildlife on sale!

For more details please click on the brochure

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Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary contains over 100 essays on transformative initiatives and alternatives to the currently dominant processes of globalised development, including its structural roots in modernity, capitalism, state domination, and masculinist values. It offers critical essays on mainstream solutions that ‘greenwash’ development, and presents radically different worldviews and practises from around the world that point to an ecologically wise and socially just world.


Yay! We are back with 2nd edition of Circle of Life book…

To place your order, write to [email protected]

You can also order it online here:

If you are in Pune, collect it from Pagdandi, Baner!

Inviting young artists and storytellers to a 3-day workshop to reimagine existing structures and values of development and progress through visual narratives that envision a democratic, inclusive and sustainable world.

12th to 14th June

At DEL Lab, Shrishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore

Limited slots available! To register, please write to [email protected]

Meet author Sujatha Padmanabhan. 
A special fun session on her new book – THE POOP STORY followed by a fun activity. She will also speak about her experience living in Leh Ladakh and her stories from there.

Saturday 16th Feb 2019
Age 7-13 Time – 4-5:30 pm Fees – Rs 400/-

Animal stories with a twist 
Age 4-7  Time – 6-7 pm Fees – Rs 200/-
Books on sale too.

Whatsapp 9820229003 to reserve your seats

To read the latest issue of Protected Area Update Newsletter, please click here.

We are looking to publish fiction and non-fiction books for children. Do send in your manuscripts at the earliest!

Types of books

Illustrated storybooks and non-fiction books for children aged 6 to 14 years


We are looking for fiction and non-fiction books on the themes of environment, nature, wildlife (especially lesser known species) and community conservation based in India.

Additional Comments

Our main criteria for selection of fiction are that the story should be original and engaging for children, with interesting plots and characters. It shouldn’t be preachy and moralistic. It should have an Indian setting. We value diversity. Natural history information, if any, should be woven in seamlessly. Language and length should be age-appropriate and correlate to the complexity of the story.
Our main criterion for non-fiction is, again, that it should be interesting for children. Information should be presented in creative ways. We are NOT looking for textbook-ish or encyclopaedic books on wildlife.
Our books are usually published under a Creative Commons license.

How to submit

  • Please send all manuscripts by email to Sujatha Padmanabhan [email protected]
  • Authors may discuss initial ideas with us OR they may submit a complete manuscript. In either case, a decision will only be taken on seeing the final work. Please do not submit previously published work.
  • If you plan to write a fresh manuscript specifically for this proposal, we recommend that you send us an outline first. This will help avoid situations where we have to reject a perfectly good manuscript only because we have already published a similar book.
  • You may send as many manuscripts as you like.
  • Once selected, we will get the illustrations done. However, if you already have illustrations for your book, please submit those as well, for consideration.
  • We will take up to three months to review your manuscript. After you have submitted the manuscript to us, we request that you wait till you hear from us OR for a period of three months before submitting it to other publishers, at which time, we would appreciate if you inform us.

Join the author Neeraj Vagholikar, who will read from the latest Kalpavriksh storybook for children based in Arunachal Pradesh! Be part of the adventures of a young monk and his friends as they save the home of the black-necked crane…

Try your hand at making origami crane with Anuradha Arjunwadkar. Age group: 10 plus

Date: 5th Jan, 2019

Venue: KVIFF Eco Bazaar, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Sanskrutik Bhavan, Ghole Road, Shivajinagar, Pune

Kalpavriksh has published a new children’s book: ‘Saving the Dalai Lama’s Cranes’ by Neeraj Vagholikar and illustrations by Niloufer Wadia. Please see the flyer for more details.
The book can be ordered by writing to [email protected] or bought online on Amazon

New Publication: Po Tricks His Foe

Po Tricks His Foe: A fun new children’s story book co-published by Kalpavriksh and Eklavya.

This book about the adventures of a pangolin, is written by Sharmila Deo and illustrated by Niloufer Wadia.

Price: Rs. 75

To order, write to [email protected]

Across India, communities and individuals are exploring ways of ensuring human wellbeing and prosperity through more democratic, ecologically sensitive and culturally rooted ways. This book puts together 9 powerful stories from different social and ecological contexts. Collectively, they challenge inequality, ecological damage, centralised governance, and the currently dominant model of development.

Edited by: Neera Singh | Seema Kulkarni | Neema Pathak Broome
Authors: Adam Cajka | Ashish Kothari | Harini Nagendra | Meenal Tatpati | Nyla Coelho | Rashi Mishra | Seema Bhatt | Seema Kulkarni | Shiba Desor | Sujatha Padmanabhan | Vinay Nair
Price: Rs. 200
To order, write to [email protected]
Published by: Kalpavriksh and Soppecom