Saturday, December 31, 2011

Our Contributors

Our Contributors

Praba Ram, Founder of Saffron Tree
Praba is a children's writer, story-time specialist and an early literacy advocate. She is forever grateful to her children for inspiring her to start Saffron Tree – a not-for-profit, community-oriented, multi-cultural blog for showcasing eclectic children’s books. In writing for children, the wonders of nature and cultural diversity inspire her the most. Having recently moved back with her family from the East Coast of the US to the East Coast of India, this chai & travel-loving mother is happy to be raising her two daughters in the culturally rich, but known near and far for its forever-hot-and-humid weather that is the city of Chennai.

Sathish Ramakrishnan
Sathish is an unabashed lover of wordless picture books. His idea of heaven is a room full of books, with dal and rice to eat. His idea of relaxation is surfing through books stores and book related websites. He buys children's books more for himself on the pretext that his kids will enjoy them. Although he loves to illustrate, he rarely does.

Ranjani Sathish
A software professional in the past, a full time mom busy bringing up her two kids now and hoping to decipher her life's calling one of these days.That's Ranjani for you. Her other interests include - children's literature, story telling, baking and reading up on spirituality.

Sheela Preuitt
Sheela is essentially an incurable dreamer. She wrestles with the world on and off refusing to be boxed in a well-defined category. When she is not dreaming or wrestling, she manages to develop software for a frugal living, indulge her passion for cooking via Delectable Victuals, read assorted books and do some crochet and crafts, and gain some interesting perspectives while escorting her kids through the tough initial phase of their journey, which she jots down at Joy of My Life.

Anusha Rao
Anusha is grateful for the second chance to experience  the wonder that is life through the eyes of her two young boys. She enjoys explorations - be it travel or culinary. She shares her parenting joys at Talking Cranes.

Anitha Ramkumar
Anitha Ramkumar has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from India.  When she chose to switch career, she did a degree in Early Childhood Education in America. She has been an active teacher for six years. She is extremely passionate about children’s literature and reading to children. She contributes at Saffron Tree and writes articles on child development and her personal experience raising her children at She is based out of Hyderabad, India and is currently working closely with schools designing and implementing a Library Media Solutions Product that combines good quality books and garde wise reading motivation programs.

Sunita Venkatachalam
Sunita is a on again off again blogger. She used to blog at but somewhere along the way life happened and writing fell on the wayside. Based out of Bangalore, India she's employed in the most common profession of this erstwhile Garden City (Software Engineering). She has two much loved girls both of whom are thankfully book lovers.

The Mad Momma
The Mad Momma loves words – both, reading as well as writing. She also loves chocolate, her garden, steaming mugs of something comforting and the company of friends.  She likes to think she’s lead an interesting life and that this is just the beginning. She lives in Gurgaon with her husband, and babies – the Brat and the Bean. And writes about her life at

Choxbox (a.k.a.Namrata) lives a life that leaves her out of breath every so often, but would not trade it for anything else. She volunteers for an NGO that works for girl children, runs carpentry workshops for little ones in the summer and can be perennially found in used books shops searching for fodder for her book-mad kids. Her day job is in the social enterprise space and in her previous life she worked in the hectic world of consultants and multi-national companies, where she landed after a picnic at an IIT followed by one in an IIM.

is just that... addicted to words of all kinds. She lives in Mumbai with her family, where she reads, writes, draws and attempts to grow her own tomatoes.

Arthi Anand Navneeth
Arthi Anand Navaneeth is a marketing professional with a fragrance MNC. Her two daughters inspire her to write. She likes travelling, music, reading and dancing.She has penned a couple of serial story series, Mister Muthu and Times of Nishka,  for Chandamama and Have you seen this?  is her first bilingual picture book with Tulika. At ST, she enjoys interviewing those amazing creators of books among other things.

Vibha Sharma
Computers and management are merely the degrees she acquired. What Vibha lives her life by though, is the Karma philosophy. She put corporate life on hold to enjoy her childrens’ growing years, and revel in the colour they bring to each day. Every day with them is a learning process for her and she can see herself evolve with them, adding cooking, drawing, knitting, painting, reading and writing to her interests.

Sandhya Renukamba
Sandhya was a doctor in a faraway lifetime but quit setting bones for delving into tomes. Her daughter is the centre of her universe. Together they have had many adventures of the bibliophilic kind, which she writes about at My Handful of the Sky. History, math, language and music make up the rest of her world. Her idea of heaven is a lazy afternoon with a cup of coffee in one hand and a book in the other, with her favourite raga playing in the background. She dreams of writing a book someday.  A quote that she loves: "The world was hers for the reading!" Sandhya also writes at

Arundhati Venkatesh
Arundhati Venkatesh went to school in five towns and worked in four continents. Everywhere, she made up stories. Now she puts them down on paper. Her picture book, Junior Kumbhakarna, won the RivoKids Parents and Kids Choice Award for the best book by an Indian author for ages 0-5 years. Petu Pumpkin: Tiffin Thief, a chapter book for young readers, was published recently by Duckbill Books. Petu Pumpkin: Tooth Troubles will be in bookstores by December 2014.

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