Panel Discussion 4: The Reading of Young Adult Books in India


  Date: 10th October 2020   |  Time: 11:15 – 11:45 AM IST (GMT +5.5)


Colin Kelman has been a teacher in the middle school, high school, in pre-university programmes and undergraduate programmes where he has taught English language, literature, theory of knowledge, literary criticism and phonetics. His experience beyond that of a DP coordinator includes work as a head of department, IGCSE coordinator and examiner in Theory of Knowledge and English with the IB. His education at various levels includes studying English literature, psychology and linguistics. After earning his post-graduate degree in English, inclusive of linguistics and literature, his work on the editing of prose writings of the English renaissance led to a research degree in English. Above all else, Colin loves to read and teach the love of reading, especially close reading. He is particularly partial to poetry, travel writing and nature writing.



Paro Anand Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puruskar award winner for children’s literature, Paro Anand writes for children and young adults and works with young people in difficult circumstances through her program, Literature in Action. Her works fearlessly tackle sensitive issues with honesty. Her highly acclaimed book, No Guns at my Son’s Funeral opened to rave reviews and continues to be a best-seller 15 years later. It was on the IBBY Honor List, an international recognition. The Little Bird who Held the Sky up with his Feet was one of 3 Indian books featured in 1001 Books to Read Before you Grow Up, a list including the best children’s literature from around the world, ever.


Himanjali Sankar is a writer and editor. She grew up in Calcutta and did her Masters and MPhil in English Literature from JNU, New Delhi. She has written several children’s and Young Adult books, including The Stupendous Timetelling Dog and Talking of Muskaan, which were shortlisted for the Crossword Award. Mrs C Remembers, her first novel for adults, won her the FICCI Publishing Award for Upcoming Author of the Year in 2018. Himanjali is currently the Editorial Director at Simon & Schuster India.



Samhita Arni When she was eight, she started writing and illustrating her first book. The Mahabharata – A Child’s View went on to be published in seven language editions and sell 50,000 copies worldwide. Her second book, Sita’s Ramayana, a graphic novel developed in collaboration with Patua artist Moyna Chitrakar, was on the New York Times Bestseller list for Graphic Novels. She is also the author of ‘The Missing Queen’, and ‘The Prince.’ She lives in Bangalore with two overly pampered cats, Zen and Chutki.



Nandini Bajpai Nandini Bajpai grew up in New Delhi, India, one of four sisters and many cousins, in a family that liked to read.
She lived and worked in India, Australia, and the US, before settling in the Boston area with her husband, kids, and a fluctuating number and variety of pets. Although she’s been a bookseller, systems analyst, TEDx organizer, PTO Mom, animal foster and more, her first love is writing.




VR Ferose has co-authored a best-seller book on people with disabilities, GIFTED. The book has been translated into six Indian regional languages and won the prestigious Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award. He also co-authored “Innovating the World: The Globalization Advantage” and “GRIT: The Major Story”. Ferose teaches “Personal Leadership” at Columbia University, New York and is a columnist for Forbes, New Indian Express and Mint. Based in Palo Alto, Ferose heads the SAP Academy for Engineering as Senior Vice President. He is the founder of the India Inclusion Foundation a nonprofit, aiming to bring the topic of inclusion at the forefront in India.


Sriram Jagannathan is a graphic designer, animator and user experience specialist. His experience in design spans multiple spheres – from fashion and textile design, to web-based courseware animation, to branding and sportswear and to graphic novels. The thread that connects them is creativity and storytelling, which is his first love.He is a firm believer in the power of art and design to transform the way we experience the world.
Fashion design graduate, NIFT-1998; Author and illustrator of two graphic novels – MAI and GRIT; Designed cricket attire for the Canada Cricket team and merchandise items ; 18 years in the IT-elearning industry, developing digital products