Devika Cariapa uses her background in history and archaeology to ferret out interesting stories for young readers. Her first book, India Through Archaeology: Excavating History encourages children to explore Indian history through the lens of archaeology. It was awarded the Sahitya Akademi’s Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2019 and the Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Award 2018. Her adaptation for children of William Dalrymple and Anita Anand’s book Kohinoor, entitled The Adventures of the Kohinoor, won the Neev Book Award 2021 in the Junior Readers category. She is also the author of India Through People: 25 Game Changers and Uncle Nehru, Please send an Elephant!, a non-fiction picture book which has been translated into eight Indian languages.


Devika calls herself a professional nomad. Having wandered around the country for years and lived in twenty-three different houses, she has finally put down roots in Bangalore. For now.