A 1/25, Panchsheel Enclave
New Delhi, India
I have published 7 books for children and have written two others. One is a novel for the 6-10 age group called A Little Hell in Heaven and the second is a collection of short stories for 12-14 year olds titled The Process of Becoming Groan Up.
My writing on the subject of children's literature has been published in almost every major newpaper and periodical in India and I have appeared on all national networks on television talking about juvenile literature.
I have headed the National Center for Children's Literature, which is the National Body for children's books. My work involved the training and promotion of children's literature and the setting up of libraries especially in underpriveleged areas like rural India. The work has involved working with children in difficult circumstances for example, special need children, children affected by war and terrorism and those afflicted by extreme poverty.
I am a world record holder for working on the World's Longest Newspaper which was a project organised by me involving almost 3000 children from 16 states and written in 10 Indian languages and English.
I have been awarded by the Russian Center for Science and Culture, New Delhi, for my contribution to children's literature as a writer.
I was one of two writers selected from South Asia to represent the region at the Birmingham Readers and Writers Festival, in UK. I have also travelled across the United Kingdom, lecturing on children's literature and conducting workshops and storytelling sessions. During the course of this tour, I lectured at the University of Kent at Canterbury. I was also interviewed by BBC World Service on the subject.
My writings have been extensively reviewed in major periodicals and newspapers.
Interests: Children's Literature with a focus on contemporary issues of a multicultural nature and animal stories from the animal point of view also, humor.
Published writer: Yes