The Secret Garden


The Secret Garden with Nature Science Initiative, Dehra Dun, India

Why don’t fig trees bear any flowers?
What is the relationship between a gigantic fig tree and a tiny fig wasp?
Why are hornbills such great parents?
And what does a hornbill have to do with fig trees and fig wasps?

Find answers to these questions and much more in The Secret Garden, an engaging book with beautiful illustrations and rib-tickling cartoons. The book tells you all about the fascinating relationships between living beings in nature, and why one cannot survive without the other

India – Order it here!

USA – Contact me at shruthi DOT hallucinations AT gmail DOT com

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“This amazing book is a mini encyclopedia and I have no words to explain how much I loved and enjoyed reading this book.” – Indian Moms Connect


“. . . truly astonished at the way you have presented scientific facts in so simple a manner . . . ” – A high-school Science teacher


“The Secret Garden is a delightful book about one of the most fascinating mutualisms in nature and about the many connections between figs and a host of animals ranging from the tiny fig-wasps to hornbills and large mammals. I recommend it highly for every child (and even adults) to read and enjoy. And it is a must-have in school libraries.” – Review of The Secret Garden : All about figs


“The Secret Garden by Shruthi Rao was an unexpected and an utterly delightful find. . . totally impressed by the print quality and the illustrations.. . .Absolutely loved it! Told from the perspective of a peepal tree, it chronicles the facts about the tree, its growth and the wild life that it is responsible for and also dependent on. The lovely bit is that despite it being a non-fiction book, it is written like a story that keeps the readers engaged. The illustrations are lovely and beautifully compliment the text.

As Indians, we have very few interesting non-fiction books around flora and fauna of the country. The Secret Garden effortlessly fills that gap. And hence, this needs to be read.

It is perfectly suitable to be read to early readers and for independent reading of the older readers.” – Tanu Shree Singh, Author of Keep Calm and Mommy On