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  • Uma Krishnaswami is from India, and now lives in northwest New Mexico. She's the author of picture books (Monsoon, a Parents' Choice recommended book, and The Happiest Tree, a CCBC Choice, and many others) and a middle grade novel, Naming Maya (an IRA Notable Book for a Global Society). She teaches writing online and is on the faculty of the Vermont College MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Learn more about her at
  • Shamya Dasgupta has been a sports journalist for over a decade and is currently Senior Editor with Wisden India. He has been a member of the nomination panel for the 2013 and 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards and a member of the Worldwide Panel of Experts for the 2012 London Olympics with The Guardian. Bhiwani Junction, his book on Indian boxing, was published by HarperCollins India in 2012. Shamya lives in Bangalore with Ajitha, his wife, and Lio, their ‘dogson’.

  • Shamim Padamsee is an author, educationist, lover of life and nature. She loves writing about different aspects of India- its flora and fauna, arts and crafts and its rich cultural heritage. She runs a website called Young India Books that reviews India-centric books for children. Her motto is Read India. Love India.

  • Ruskin Bond's first novel, The Room on the Roof, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. He has published over thirty five novels and several collections of short stories. He has received the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Padma Shri.
    Ruskin Bond lives in Mussoorie. 
  • Andy Cope describes himself as a "professional trainer, qualified teacher, author and learning junkie". He is currently doing a Doctorate at the University of Loughborough... investigating the science of happiness and positivity. He is the best-selling author of the children’s ‘Spy Dog’ and 'Spy Pups' series (aimed at age seven plus).

  • Arundhati Venkatesh has always been making up stories. Now she puts them down on paper. She believes fantasy and reality are different ways of looking at the same thing. Books, riddles, magic and murukku are a few of her favourite things. When she is not cooking up stories or dreaming of food, she haunts bookstores and libraries in Bangalore.
    Her books, Junior Kumbhakarna, Petu Pumpkin: Tiffin Thief and Petu Pumpkin: Tooth Troubles were published in 2014.
    You can write to her at and find out more about her at
  • Kimmie Auntie fell in love with India more than a decade ago and as she was taught as a child: what you love, you give to. The Me and We series is her latest gift to India– an offering of love to a country that she adores.

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