lives and works at the Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary. She has been concerned about the plants, animals, people and natural ecology of the Western Ghat mountains in southern India. She writes occasionally in various magazines. She is an Ashoka Fellow and a recipient of the 2006 Whitley Award, UK's top prize for environmental conservation. Along with friends from her neighbourhood, members of the Paniya and Kurchiya tribes and traditional farmers, she has initiated an effort to conserve and revive the rivers and forests of the western end of the Wayanad plateau where they all live. She also travels occasionally to give talks under the rubric Rainforest Etiquette in a World Gone Mad.