Sundari, the daughter of the Chief Mahout in Mysore, and the elephant calf Lakshmi were born on the same day and remain close, and when Lakshmi’s father gets too old to lead the procession for Dussehra, Sundari suggests Lakshmi take his place.
Kavitha Mandana: Kavitha grew up in the Nilgiri hills of South India. She worked briefly in advertising and has been writing and illustrating for children’s books over the last 15 years, most regularly with the Deccan Herald kids’ supplement. She has been published by Puffin India, Red Turtle, and Karadi Tales.<br>Nayantara Surendranath: Nayantara Surendranath is a visual artist, illustrator, and animator. She graduated from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology with a diploma in Animation and Visual Effects. She primarily works with dry pastels, charcoals, inks, and watercolour pencils. She also teaches art to children.