My work has been shortlisted for the Vodafone Crossword Book Awards, chosen independently for the Nami Book Fair in Korea, and been presented by the publisher to POTUS Barack Obama. My stories and profiles have been selected regularly since 1999 by Children’s Book Trust at their contests. I have contributed, on invitation, to a collection for children put together by National Foundation For Communal Harmony, Government of India.
WHO? I am a features journalist, editor and author. Since I believe that learning should never end, I trained recently as a corporate communicator. My interest in the environment inspires me to conduct workshops on the subject, online and in person. I also conduct sessions for students, teachers and parents on a slew of child-related subjects. An enthusiastic storyteller, I am also a teacher of creative writing and English language and literature. A fact freak, I enjoyed editing one chapter of the Limca Book of Records for over 20 years. A firm believer in voluntarism, I have held storytelling sessions for non-profits and in the children’s ward of a hospital. I am comfortable in English, Bangla and Hindi.
WHAT? I write books and stories, edit manuscripts and reports, conduct workshops and online sessions. My stories are in prose and in verse and I enjoy scripting plays for children. As an independent writer, my articles have appeared regularly in Terra Green, Mint, Children’s World and other publications.
WHERE? My career began in journalism. As a student, I freelanced for The Telegraph and then worked full time with Jammu Panorama, Target, The Economic Times, Femina, Bride & Style and online presence, Teen Community.
My books, stories and translations have been published by, in alphabetical order, Aadarsh, Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children (AWIC)-Pan Macmillan, Bharati Bhavan Publishers and Distributors, Children’s Book Trust, Katha, Oxford University Press, Penguin Random House (India), Pratham, Rupa & Co, Sheth Publishers, Scholastic, Scholars Hub, Target, Women’s Era and several others. My clients in editing include National Institute of Open Schooling, UNDP and Planning Commission.
I have conducted workshops for teachers, school administrators and students across India from Kalimpong to Amritsar, including Kolkata, Howrah, Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, Jabalpur and Jalandhar. Institutions and events where I have conducted sessions include Nehru Planetarium, British School, Delhi Public Schools, Scindia School, Cantonment Board schools, Shriram School, World Book Fair.