Authors and Illustrators

Meet the Yali family.

Our authors

KalyanaramanD Kalyanaraman loves magic, monsters, dark predictions, mysteries, mythology, folklore, puzzles, birds that talk, animals with attitude, and his family — though not necessarily in that order. Kalyan believes that he is one of the best qualified to write for young adults, as he has been one longer than anyone he knows. He lives and writes in Bangalore, India, with his wife. He can be reached on Twitter at @kalyanaramand.


DeviDevi Menon is a software professional by day and a bedtime story weaver by night, forced to concoct a tale from random 5 words that her niece and nephew come up with – tales of moons, cats, clocks, blues and much of muchness. She writes at Tell A Tale Time.



Mamta Nainy Photo1Mamta Nainy spent some years in advertising before a rotten apple fell on her head while she was sitting under a mango tree. Now all she does is write for children, eat cupcakes, play with a yo-yo and write some more.



Kala Sambasivan is a prolific and inventive children’s writer. She has published numerous stories in India’s leading newspapers and has two long-running columns in The Hindu and Deccan Herald. Her delightfully whimsical tales engage children in complex issues with humor and creativity. Read more of her stories on her blog.


rukhsanna-head-shotRukhsanna Guidroz was born in England. With a Persian-Indian father and a Chinese mother, she was always drawn to traveling to far away places. After studying in London and Paris, she moved to Hong Kong where she worked as a journalist. Hawaii became her home in 1996. She now teaches at an elementary school and specializes in early literacy and writing. Visit her website at

Our illustrators

profile-picture_squareChandra Prabha Radhakrishnan is an architect / interior designer by profession, with a passion for illustration and an obsession for travel. In a failed attempt to document her travel experiences in the form of a written diary, she chanced upon the idea of sketching out her story as ‘the words failed her’. Besides, as Alice so aptly put it: “What is the use of a book without pictures or conversation?”



Raghava KK, named by CNN as one of the 10 most remarkable people of 2010, is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is shown in galleries and museums around the world. After he quit formal education at the age of 17 to start his career as a newspaper cartoonist, he is today considered one of India’s most successful young artists. Raghava applies his artistic practice outside the gallery space. He is actively involved in a radical education initiative, NuVu Studios, to an offshoot of Harvard and MIT, to redefine creativity in education. He has lectured at several universities and art institutions, including NYU, Carnegie Mellon, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, etc. He serves on the NuVu advisory and has also advised the INK Conference, Singularity University, Innoz, Startup Village, Nytric, and Banto. He lives and works in New York and India. Find out more about Raghava at


SiddharthaSiddhartha Tripathi, an alumnus of  La Martiniere College, Lucknow, completed his graduation in Animation Film Design from India’s premier design institute, the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Over the years, he has worked as a storyteller, illustrator and animator with a wide range of clients including Virgin Comics, Katha publications, Amar Chitra katha, agencies such as Co-Design, Grey Worldwide and others such as Fox Traveller India, Smirnoff, Time-out, NID Publications, just to name a few. An avid traveler, he spends time working on his projects from Lucknow, Dharamshala and Ahmedabad. Currently working on a couple of animation short-films, illustrated books, exhibitions, he loves to teach and takes out time to work on his paintings and illustrations. His work can be found at



Ambika Sambasivan is an illustrator-by-accident. She loves working with craft paper and creates distinctive, colorful collages. Her portfolio is also peppered with some pen-and-ink artwork and a dash of Copic coloring, but what’s art without some spice? Her work can be seen on her blog, Studio Wotmot.