Rajiv Surendra is a modern-day renaissance man: he's a painter, a potter, woodworker and calligrapher. He's also an actor and is best known for his performance as the rapping mathlete, Kevin Gnapoor, in Mean Girls. The son of Tamil immigrants to Canada, Rajiv was born and raised in Toronto and holds a bachelor's degree in art history and classics from the University of Toronto. Today he lives in New York City where he runs his business, Letters In Ink, while continuing to pursue a multifaceted career in the arts.
"A beautifully written journey of self-discovery, The Elephants In My Backyard is intimate, moving, hilarious and painful. This quirky memoir unfolds in a series of anecdotes--miniature gems--much like the intricate chalk designs that are one of Rajiv Surendra's many talents." -- Anosh Irani, author of The Parcel ." . . Imaginative, diversion-full, and refreshingly green memoir about the surprises that living a creative life can offer." --Booklist "Insightful and inspirational." --Kirkus (starred review) "Lovely and human. The tale of a man who began by following a story and ended up creating his own." -- Jenny Lawson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Furiously Happy "Insightful and inspirational." --Kirkus (starred review) "Insightful and inspirational." Kirkus(starred review)"