Chitwan Mittal

Chitwan Mittal
Founder, Author

Chitwan Mittal

Stories were a central part of Chitwan’s childhood. Her grandmother had a wonderful imagination and could weave a story to accompany every bite of food, while her English-medium-educated mother made bedtime magical with her stories.

Chitwan’s lifelong love affair with children’s picture books that began in childhood continued through her time as a young student in Boston and London pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She spent endless hours browsing the children’s section in the giant bookstores there. She especially loved books that were subtle and magical and uplifting, that were beautiful to touch and feel, that inspired without being preachy. She wished to see books of this calibre with themes from home, with pictures of Indian kids and Indian places.

Then, when she had her own kids, Adi and Dev, she decided to stop wishing and start doing. And that’s how AdiDev Press came to be.

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  • Riches for early readers
    It's a fabulous time to be an early reader. Like the indie presses doing a great job of creating beautiful titles for children, the hardly-year-old AdiDev Press, started by Chitwan Mittal, too has been producing beautiful books and box sets. Their Learning to Be series, for example, keeps getting better. Their latest, Women In Sport, is an adorable collection of four stories-on amputee-mountaineer Arunima Sinha, open-water swimmer Bhakti Sharma, runner P.T. Usha, and sharpshooters Chandro and Prakashi Tomar. Poet Pervin Saket goes into just enough detail on these women's lives in rhyme and the illustrators Aparajitha Vaasudev for Sinha, Premna Roy for Sharma, Rajyasree Sarkar for Usha, and Ria Mohta for the Tomars-fill the pages with lively illustrations that are just as endearing and spunky as their subjects.
  • New set of books introduces children to pioneering sports women
     The illustrated box set, "Women in Sports", is authored by Pune-based writer and poet Pervin Saket. It includes "Adaptability" with mountaineer Arunima Sinha, "Resilience" with open water swimmer Bhakti Sharma, "Transformation" with sharpshooters Chandro and Prakashi Tomar, and "Trust" with athlete PT Usha.
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