"I have always been enthusiastic about creating art with a purpose. In 2018, a tigress was killed in Mumbai which led me to start my ‘Enroute Extinction’ series, a project where I focus on illustrating endangered species of the Indian subcontinent. My aim is to spread more awareness on the need for wildlife conservation and to remind people that if we don’t take prompt actions we will lose these assets we are proud of forever.
Since Mumbai’s mangroves themselves are in danger, along with the countless species they are home to, it seemed a perfect fit for the series and something I wanted to raise awareness of as their conservation requires swift measures to be taken. If mangroves are saved, Mumbai will be saved. Otherwise, with rising sea levels, this city will collapse like a house of cards."