Sandhya Rao has worked in the media as print journalist, books editor and children’s books writer. She has published several books for children and rendered Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking in Hindi. In 2006, she was invited to the Frankfurt Bookfair. My Friend, the Sea received a prize at the Berlin Literary Festival 2005. She has shared books with children in towns and cities across India, and in Germany, the UK and Sweden, and participated in several bookfairs. Since 1979, she’s been contributing articles and features to magazines and newspapers. She writes a fortnightly column called ‘Pictures & Words’ for BL on Campus and a monthly column ‘Wordsworld’ on books for Rotary News. She lives in Chennai and works freelance.