Navilan is an educator, technologist, poet, storyteller and writer. Along with his wife and partner, Sowmya, he runs Puthir, a groundbreaking school for creativity, problem solving and leadership. His quirky sense of humor and willingness to be silly makes him accessible to the children. His experience as a programmer helps him create streams of activities that engage, enthrall and joyfully frustrate Puthir’s members. His essays and poetry in English and Tamil can be found on his personal website: https://navilan.in.
Muhilan is a father, software engineer and acclaimed muralist. He is Puthir’s art director. His art decorates the walls of Puthir and many notable places across South India.
His paintings have been a part of several art shows and exhibitions in South India. His wonderful book covers pique the interest of young minds and help them imagine the fantastic worlds described in the Kathai Vidu tales.
A brief selection of his work can be found on his Instagram account: @artmuhil.
You don’t know Kayal? Are you really for real? Waking up to shake things up, She will pour the world and drink it up. https://kayal.world
Many of our children are growing up without meaningful connection to nature. Their world? A concrete jungle. Their nature? Man-made. Where does clean water come from? Cans! Fresh air? Air conditioners!
Kayal, the Formidable aims to reconnect the younger generation with nature — the magical wonders of plants, animals and life around them. Kayal will empower them with awareness, kindness and knowledge. Adults reading to children can fill some gaps with tales from their childhood. Catchy verses, funny pictures and quirky characters will enthrall independent young readers.
Hundreds of children from Sikkim to Himachal to Tamil Nadu have met Kayal through Kathai Vidu storytelling sessions. We are hoping that this book will help her meet millions more.