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Mother, a poem by Kancha Illiah, 

Illustrations by Shefalee Jain and Lokesh Khodke.

The book was published in 2008 as part of a series, Different Tales: Stories from Marginal Cultures and Regional Languages ( Anveshi Research Centre for Women’s Studies, Hyderabad, India) by DC books and Mango, Kottayam ,Kerela, India.

Aditi Series by Suniti Namjoshi, illustrated by Shefalee Jain. Published in English by Tulika Books and in Hindi by Eklavya.


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Ten by Shefalee Jain.

Different kinds of children are staring at something. What is it? A beginner's counting book with illustrations.

16 pages; 7” x 9.5”; black and white; soft cover

Published by Tulika in 2005.

School Mein Seekha Aur Sikhaya (Hindi), published by Muskaan, Bhopal, July 2022. Illustrations: Shefalee Jain, Story: Nikita Dhurve, Design: Shefalee Jain and Maheen Mirza.

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Naram Garam Dosti (Hindi), published by Muskaan, Bhopal, July 2022. Illustrations: Shefalee Jain, Story: Neetu Yadav Design: Maheen Mirza.

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AFTERNOON by Shefalee Jain

Published by BlueJackal

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A 6-page accordion book published in print  as well as online by BlueJackal. This little book is a wordless exploration through visuals, of a child in a garden in mid-afternoon; afternoon being that stark enigmatic time of the day which is without shadows and yet is punctuated by ‘tonalities’.

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EK PHILISTINI SHAYAD KAHE, illustrated by Shefalee Jain, translated by Anuradha Annanya. Original poem by Naomi Shihab Nye.

Published by BlueJackal

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This is a web picture book based on a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye titled A Palestinian Might Say. The poem is translated into Hindi by poet Anuradha Annanya and illustrated by Shefalee Jain. It was published by BlueJackal in May 2020. To see the web picture book click here.

It was first published in print in Drawing Resistance Feb. 2020. Drawing Resistance is a collaborative crowdfunded booklet put together by artists and writers Shefalee Jain, Shivangi Singh, Lokesh Khodke and Vidyun Sabhaney. The booklet was brought out in response to and in support of the nationwide protests in India against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR). It was distributed free of cost at protest sites and also circulated as a PDF.

It was republished in 40th issue of Chihna- a bi-lingual art journal published by Gauhati artists’ guild in July 2021.


Illustrated by Shefalee Jain, translated by Kailash Kabir, collected and written by Vijaydan Detha.

Published by BlueJackal.


दोहरी ज़िंदगी (Dohri Zindagi)
राजस्थान की लोक कथा पर आधारित एक चित्र कहानी
(A folktale from Rajasthan illustrated by Shefalee Jain)
Hindi |95 pages
INR 350/-

कहानी : विजयदान देथा
चित्र और डिज़ाइन : शेफाली जैन
अनुवाद : कैलाश कबीर

राजस्थान कि इस लोक-कथा में जब गाँव के सेठ-सेठानी दहेज़ के लालच में अपनी बेटियों से छलावा करते हैं तो बेटियां घर छोड़ने की ठान लेती हैं। वे ख़ुद को नए नाम देती हैं, बीजां और तीजां, और भाग निकलती हैं। पर क्या गाँव वाले उन्हें इतनी आसानी से जाने देंगे? और क्या बीजां और तीजां मिलकर एक नयी ज़िंदगी बसा पाएंगी ...?

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ADAM, EK  DOPAHAR (Hindi), illustrated and animated by Shefalee Jain. Story by Italo Calvino, translation by Madan Soni.

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When the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise concluded on 31st August 2019, 1.9 million people in the state of Assam were left out of its final list rendering them stateless. The violence and injustice was not just in the exclusion but also in the process.
A nine-member team from Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) visited Assam to understand the implications of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC), particularly for the most marginalised people of Assam. The WSS team visited nine districts in Assam to record testimonies of women and the ways in which the NRC process had affected the lives of their families and communities.

I was invited to illustrate some of the testimonies collected by WSS. To view the research and the illustrations visit the WSS website here.

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