Veggie shopping and a trip to a mela


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It’s been super fun working on Pratham Books’ series

of STEM books for early readers. ‘Tomato Chutney’ is

about a pair of siblings who discover some messy

truths about relative weights while doing the vegetable

shopping for their mother. Priya Kuriyan’s stunning

illustrations  will ensure every little reader remembers

this concept of ‘lighter and heavier’ for life!


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IMG_20171122_215205I explored the idea of tables in the story ‘Maths at the Mela’ — about a bunch of smart school kids out on a field trip to a mela… accompanied by a not-so-bright teacher. Illustrator Nirzara Verulkar’s illustrations are super. She’s somehow conveyed this feeling of the kids being indulgent of a slightly slow teacher wonderfully. These pictures unfortunately are my phone shots off the laptop screen.

Both books will be out soon. It’s particularly exciting to know that they’ll be printed in five languages, including Kannada!



Classic Bond


I wonder how many editions there are of Ruskin Bond’s popular story…

‘The Blue Umbrella’.¬†¬† Google the book and you’ll find so many different editions of it. Obviously, countless lucky illustrators all over have had a chance to work on this fabulous story. It’s a novella, so it was only for a short period of a few weeks that I could lose myself in this spunky pahaadi girl’s life, as it got serialised a few months ago.

A Ghost in the Family


What do a pair of 16-year-old twins do when the person they’re closest to, happens to be a ghost?

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My book ‘Trapped’ is out…on Amazon, Kindle and Flipkart. It’s about twins Anandita and Arjun, struggling to keep their close relationship with their ghost sibling, Amit, hidden from their clueless, worrying parents. The book is about how they cope…with their ghost brother’s unhappiness with his situation; their upcoming board exams; their budding romances AND the arrival of another strange ghost in their home. As the three ‘siblings’ support, adore and fight with each other, music turns out to be the best antidote for most of their problems.

Here’s a review by Yash Kesavamurthy in Book Riot:

And you can read a review of the book on a UK website, For Reading Addicts, here.