Reaction on getting shortlisted:
“I never expected, it’s a pleasant surprise. Happy to be a part of this, looking forward to write more for younger children.”
Nagesh Hegde is an Indian author, journalist, environmentalist, publisher and professor who has written over 40 books on science and environment in Kannada. Born in a tiny village ‘Bakkemane’ in North Kanara District of Karnataka, he holds a M.Sc. from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. He was Professor of Environment Geology in Nainital. He has worked with Prajavani daily as science and development journalist before moving on to Sudha Weekly as a feature writer. Nagesh Hegde has worked towards popularising science among rural communities and is equally committed to language and biodiversity. His writings in Kannada have become textbook lessons from primary school to various universities in Karnataka. He has received highest awards in journalism and literature including the Karnataka Rajyotsava award.
“Nagesh Hegde reaches out to the children through stories conveying his concern for nature, environment and issues of sustainability. Style of writing, use of humour in stories is excellent. Concepts of science have been brought close to children with ease, egging their curiosity. His contemporary approach ensures that he is able to convey important issues through his stories to the present generation of children very well with humour, interest and empathy. His biggest contribution is bring these concepts to children in Kannada and popularising them especially in rural areas.”