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I'm Mallika Ravikumar

Published by Puffin, Karadi, Katha, amongst others, I write on Indian History, Culture and Nature for children.

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"A book must be a pleasant experience for both partners like a relationship - the reader and the writer."
R.L. Stein

Biography

Writing had always been a hobby. When I decided to take a break from my legal career after my children were born, hobby slowly turned into profession.

With a Master’s degree in Ancient Indian Culture and Archaeology, I decided to blend my interests in history and writing together. Much of my work is driven by a desire to make history interesting for children, and I hope some of my books help younger readers connect more meaningfully with the past.

Another area of my interest is ethno-botany and ethno-zoology – the meeting ground between nature and culture. Some of my books, as also my Instagram page Ancientnaturetales, reflects that aspect of my interest.

Apart from working on my own books, I also research, curate and write for various projects. Amongst others, I was the chief content writer for the Government of India portal on Sardar Patel under the National Virtual Library of India. I taught History and Creative Writing at the Indian School of Design and Innovation and conduct workshops and tree-walks for children and grown-ups.

You can find out more about my books here.

Research, Writing and Curating Curation for Historical Projects. Talks on History with the endeavour of Making History Interesting for Adults and Children

Teach History at Dept of Vocational Studies at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and ISDI

Story Telling for Children. Discovering History and Mythology with Children

Writing for Children. Writing Features Articles for Newspapers. Content Writing for Select Projects

Conduct Tree Walks for Adults and Children. Writing Tree Stories for Children

Keep in Touch

If you’d like to chat about working on a project together, or learn more about working with me, get in touch!