Botanical art is having a moment. From Sabyasachi’s floral wallpaper to schools books replete with plant-inspired illustrations, botanicals are everywhere With Amitav Ghosh’s latest book, Gun Island, we urge you to judge the book by its cover design. The cobra, snaking around the title typeface, is a spitting image of the reptile and so are the sprays of flowers that appear on the cover. The artist is Bengaluru-based Nirupa Rao, who has gained fame for her botanical illustrations on Instagram and beyond. After the Gun Island cover, Penguin approached Rao to do the cover design, with more botanical art, for four of Ghosh’s old books – The Calcutta Chromosone, The Hungry Tide, The Circle of Reason and The Glass Palace – which the publisher was issuing again.