ABOUT THE BOOK
This book comprises botanical line drawings of 40 plants, with their vernacular, common, and scientific names. These plants, all of which are edible, but are considered just “weeds” are found not just in Auroville and its surroundings but across India, across the tropics and some of them occur seasonally even in cooler temperate climates. The book also includes a colored insert to serve as a coloring guide but is also handy for somebody who would take nature walks. Readers, adults, or young can relax over, learn from, and have fun with, this book at their own pace. The insert also tells the reader how to pre-process and use the plants as food.
WHY THIS BOOK
The book's second edition is a testament to its journey that started years ago (literally) underfoot as its author went about her daily life in Auroville, an international township located near Pondicherry. Her growing appreciation of tiny weed flowers along the pathways and little clumps of greens sticking out of the concrete as tiny representatives of wilderness made the author wonder about their identities, origins, and resilience in a world facing the threats of climate change. As an ecologist, she explored further; as an ardent doodler keen on science communication, she wished to share her finds visually; and as a foodie, she picked out 40 plants that stand to enrich the palate as well as the plate. The artisanal publication with hand-made paper cover, and the hand-stitched binding, are designed to convey environmentalism.
COLOURING BOOK FOR ADULTS
The first edition of this book introduced for the first time in India a coloring book for people of all ages, including adults. Even now this book remains a unique knowledge-oriented coloring book—which would be a totally new experience for many. By now people know that psychiatrists and neurologists recommend coloring as an effective and mindful antidote to stress and anxiety for busy professionals. Most people find coloring to be joyful, wondrous, and relaxing.
In its journey since the first edition, this book has inspired gardeners, permaculturists, chefs, artists, and other enthusiasts. It has most certainly also inspired its author to learn further and add newer details to this second edition. It has also led the author to offer weed walks, podcasts, seminars, and workshops intended to connect people to nature, in form of these wild, weedy plants growing around them – if in part because this type of knowledge would serve us all better as we strive toward global food security as well as climate-change resilience. What's more, the book has effortlessly brought people's attention to the green wonders around them—perhaps the first step toward letting nature work its wonders.