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Amar Chitra Katha and beyond : modern south Asian tales for children
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Meera Nair
Maya Saves The Day
Meera Nair's debut collection, Video (NY: Pantheon 2003)received the Sixth Annual Asian-American Literary Award for Fiction and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post. A recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and MacDowell Colony, her work has appeared on National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts, Washington Post, the New York Times magazine as well as in The Threepenny Review, Calyx, Cura and in three anthologies. Her children's book is called Maya Saves the Day
(India: Duckbill Publishing, 2013).She teaches writing at NYU in New York City and lives in Queens, NY with her husband and daughter.
An escaped tiger. Lost parents. Puppies who need a home. What's a little girl to do?

Preeti Singh
Great Books For Children.
Preeti has worked as the head for content for Disney Publishing in India and wrote, edited and designed the Smart Beginnings Workbook program. In addition she created new content for Disney India movies in books and magazines . Preeti has worked as an Acquisitions Editor for Popular Prakashan with a mandate to set up an English Fiction List for 2011/2012 for them. Her published works include ‘Great Books for Children’ for Rupa Publishers , preschooler books for Navneet Publishers and articles on Parenting in Times of India\'s Mumbai suburban supplement, The Westside Plus. She blogs at and is an active contributor to  Preeti manages an online book review, interview and manuscript help site called 
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Rajnesh Domalpalli
Little Atreya
Rajnesh Domalpalli comes from Hyderabad, in South India. After studying Engineering at the IIT Bombay and SUNY SB in NY, he worked as a Computer Engineer in California’s Silicon Valley before joining Film School at Columbia University. His Thesis was a feature called VANAJA that won 32 International Awards including the Best First Feature at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival. It premiered at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival in 2006, and was screened in a Retrospective on Indian Cinema at the 2007 Locarno Film Festival. America's Pulitzer prize winning film critic, Roger Ebert, placed the film in the Top 5 Foreign Films of 2007. The New York Times called it “Absolutely Timeless” and its Screenplay has been archived in the permanent collections of the MPAA’s Margaret Herrick Library in Los Angeles. The Print is archived in the Fukuoka City Library in Japan. Rajnesh’s latest work includes two projects. The first is a Feature Film Screenplay called AVANI, an environmental fable told through the eyes of an 8 year old girl. It was selected to participate in the Sundance Mumbai Mantra Screenwriting lab 2012. His second project is a young adults fantasy novel called “Atreya and the Serpent’s Blood”.
Six year old Atreya is returning from the forest when he sees a pair of Golden Orioles searching a Lantana bush for berries. They're perplexed to find none. Atreya tells them that he saw Magul, the demon, pluck it bare. The Orioles are disheartened - the berries were what made their song sweet, and without them, they can't sing lullabies. Without a lullaby, their chick, Ori, won't sleep. Atreya points them to more Lantanas on the far mountain, and offers to watch Ori while they're gone. However, when he finds her, Magul is at the base of the tree, tempt her down with her berries. She succeeds, and Atreya must now trick her into releasing Ori. 

Mara Thacker
Mara Thacker is the South Asian Studies Librarian and an assistant professor in the International and Area Studies Library at the University of Illinois. She received her BA from the College of William and Mary where she studied Literary and Cultural Studies with a focus on Indian film, and her MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where in addition to her coursework in library and information science, she also undertook intensive Hindi language training and continued her studies of Indian popular culture. She is currently putting her background in Indian popular culture to good use by building what is set to be the most comprehensive collection of South Asian comics in a North American research library.  
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