India@75 | Inspirational authors of India

Portrait of kid's author Sudha Murty

Words are a powerful means of communication. Stories are one of the soothing means to convey messages to children. Here are the authors who skillfully craft words to make their stories fun and readable for children.

Subhadra Sen Gupta

Portrait of kid's author Subhadra Sen Gupta

Born in 1952, she began writing in college and later pursued a master's degree in history. Her stories make history fun and interesting. Her genres include historical fiction, non-fiction, horror, travel, and mysteries. Her work, Mystery of the House of Pigeons, was adapted into a television series. The Constitution of India for Children and A Children’s History of India are a few of her other notable writings. She has been awarded Bal Sahitya Puraskar for her engrossing work.

Uma Krishnaswami

Portrait of kid's author Uma Krishnaswami

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Nominee, 2020&2021, Uma Krishnaswami has been writing for 25 years. Picture Books, short stories, retold stories, and novels are her genres. Her first story was published in the Children’s World magazine when she was thirteen. She has won the Asian/Pacific American Award and Scholastic Asian Book Award, among other prestigious ones.

Sudha Murty

Portrait of kid's author Sudha Murty

Being the chairperson of Infosys, she is an educator, author, and philanthropist. She has written books in English and Kannada. Her novel Dollar Bahu and Runa have been made into television series and a Marathi movie respectively. Her notable works include How I taught my Grandmother to Read, Mahashweta, and she is a proud Padma Shri Awardee.

Ranjit Lal

Portrait of kid's author Ranjit Lal

A writer, journalist, birder, and photographer- he is the author of fiction and non-fiction books. His interests include Natural History, Birds, Animals, and Insects. As a journalist, he has written over 1500 articles and writes for a column in Indian Express. To name a few from his writings- The Crow Chronicles, The Life and Times of Altu Faltu. He has won the Crossword Award for Children’s writing in 2010 and Ladli National Media Award for Gender sensitivity.

Natasha Sharma

Portrait of kid's author Natasha Sharma

She is an award-winning writer who writes across genres and age groups, from picture books to young ones and historical fiction for middle grades. Her poems also feature in course books. Her notable works are Icky, Yucky, Mucky, and Kaka and Munni. Shah Jahan and Ruby Robber have won her the Best Illustrated Children’s Book at Comic Con India, and Razia and the Pesky Presents won her the SABA Book Honor.

Cheering these authors who gracefully brighten up the minds of children through their incredible stories. Reading is the best habit a child can cultivate.

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