Stories were a central part of my childhood. My grandmother had a wonderful imagination and could weave a story to accompany every bite of food she fed us. And my English educated mother made bedtime magical with story-telling. As I look back, I wonder how she managed to get such an inexhaustible selection of books in the small town of Uttar Pradesh that we grew up in.
But I couldn’t be thankful enough that she did! Because my love affair with children’s picture books started then and has continued my whole life. Even as a young adult, when I spent a few years in Boston and London to pursue my bachelor’s and master’s in education, I spent endless hours browsing the children’s section in the giant bookstores there. It felt like paradise to me.
I would look for and collect books that were subtle and magical and uplifting. That were beautiful to touch and feel. That would inspire without being preachy. And I would long to see this caliber of books with themes from home, with pictures of Indian kids and Indian places. And hope that one day they would exist.
But when I had my own kids, Adi and Dev, I decided to stop hoping and start creating the books I imagined. And AdiDev Press came into existence.
Aparajitha Vaasudev is a published illustrator, passionate art director and graphic designer, and dancer who loves creating beauty whichever medium she is working in. She loves the challenge of taking a project and transforming it into something that adds beauty and joy to the world and meaning to the viewer, something that elevates and inspires. She is an ardent devotee of art in all its forms, and has unwavering faith in its potential to make a better world.
Ashwitha Jayakumar is a writer, editor, and unabashed history nerd. With a background in medieval history and English literature, she writes non-fiction for young readers that is both engaging and rigorously researched. Her writing has been published by Pratham Books, Scholastic India, Puffin and HarperCollins India. She spends most of her time in her house, where she builds Lego cities, plays video games and reads fantasy novels (when she isn’t busy writing or editing!).
Anjali Jaipuria is an educationist with a vision for fundamental change in the Indian educational system. Educational reform is her passion and she is introducing the same in the school she runs, Seth M.R. Jaipuria School, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow. She also runs Navsrijan, an English medium school for under-served children. She gives talks on the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads and evolutionary science in the light of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother’s works. She writes spiritual poetry and this is her first attempt at writing verse for children.
Nandini Nayar is the award-winning author of over 50 books for children and over three hundred short stories. She has written picture books, chapter books, middle grade fiction, non-fiction and retellings. Want to know more? Check out her website at www.nandininayar.in.
Pervin Saket is the author of the novel ‘Urmila’ and of the poetry collection ‘A Tinge of Turmeric’. She is the 2021 Fellow for the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive, and was shortlisted for the Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize 2020. Her novel has been adapted for the stage, featuring classical Indian dance forms of Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Odissi. Her work has been featured in ‘The Indian Quarterly’, ‘The Joao-Roque Literary Journal’, ‘Paris Lit Up’, ‘Singapore Unbound’, ‘Usawa Literary Review’, ‘Tiferet’, and elsewhere. Pervin works as an editor for textbooks for primary, middle and senior school. She is also Poetry Editor at The Bombay Literary Magazine and co-founder of the annual Dum Pukht Writers’ Workshop.
Sarita Saraf is a writer and an artist, with an intense passion for reading. Art has been central in her life which led her to work as a Graphic designer in an architectural firm for a few years. She has authored three monographs, Nachiketas, Socrates and Abraham Lincoln, and has recently translated Sri Aurobindo’s ‘Hymns to the Mystic Fire’ in Hindi.
Children’s books is another avenue which opened new doors. Having penned seven-eight children’s stories earlier (not yet in print), she has begun dabbling in verse and loves it!
Ambika Karandikar is an independent illustrator based in Pune, India. She is a trained classical dancer who loves to illustrate for children and tries to express herself through different mediums. Ambika has created a natural space for tiny insects and plants. You can visit her in her garden where she is in her natural element.
DEBASMITA DASGUPTA is a Singapore-based, internationally published, Kirkus Best Prize nominated illustrator & graphic novelist. She enjoys drawing both fiction & non-fiction for children & young adults. She has illustrated a significant number of picture books, comics & poems working with many international publishers. With a diploma on Comic Art from the California College of the Arts, she was awarded as one of the 50 creative fellows by the National Arts Strategies (USA) in 2015 & an arts fellow under Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in the UK.
Shruti is an architect and urban designer. Alongside her professional career in the field of urban design, Shruti has continued to follow her passion for art and illustrations that was cultivated during her childhood days. Her artwork involves great detailing, intricate patterns and line work. One of her recent works include spatial design and educational wall-arts for school resource rooms in rural areas of Rajasthan. Currently she lives in Jaipur and is super excited to work on her debut children’s book for AdiDev Press.
Sudeepti Tucker is an independent artist and illustrator with practices in New Delhi and Bangalore, India. Creating in both analog and digital mediums, her work explores themes of nature, expression and femininity while opening up dialogues about roots, identity and image. In her personal narratives, she explores the complexities of navigating both one’s inner and outer worlds and of the Self, in consonance with nature.
Sudeepti has previously collaborated with brands such as Google, Tata, Maruti Suzuki, Cosmopolitan and The Times of India to name a few. Her paintings have been exhibited at art fairs globally and across the country, most recently at Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai and Art Basel, Miami.
Kalyani Ganapathy is an illustrator and picture book maker. She resides in her home town in the Western Ghats of South India. A reader for life, Kalyani has been a part of many exciting, successful collaborative projects for children and young adults. Her collaborative journey includes Amrita Sher-Gil, Rebel with a Paintbrush with Anita Vachcharajani, The Song at the Heart of the River with Ishani Lauren Naidu and The Secret Life of Debbie G with Vibha Batra.
Sriya is a self-taught illustrator. She is based out of Bangalore in India. Art is the biggest source of contentment for her. She creates her work digitally, but keeps the process organic. She is always mindful to reflect calmness and happiness through her illustrations. Her inspiration comes from her surroundings, good conversations, dreams, music that she listens to, other artists, and creative people in general.
Boski is a graphic designer and illustrator with a special fondness for drawing animals. She enjoys taking inspiration from Indian folk art while creating characters and patterns for her work. Born and brought up in Bhopal, she currently lives and works in Bangalore.
Ananda is a freelance visual artist/ illustrator from India. She loves exploring traditional and digital mediums to create her professional and personal work. The themes she works on the most are nature, mainly animals and sometimes social issues in her personal work. She currently loves exploring the world of illustrations through children’s books not only by illustrating them but also reading them and discovering other talented illustrators. Some of her published work include Album Art, Editorial Illustrations and Poster Design.
Apart from this she is an entomophile and loves cats.
Sahitya is an illustrator based in Mumbai who has worked on numerous children’s picture books and comics. Her work has been published by Scholastic, Hachette, The Mint and Karadi Tales among others. She has also worked as a Guest Art Director for Pratham Books. When not busy illustrating, she enjoys reading SciFi and fantasy, gaming, and hunting for the next unique picture book to add to her library – all over a hot cup of filter coffee.
A Visual artist, illustrator and architect living and juggling life between procrastinations and deadlines. I feel art helps me to live in a world that exists inside my head and I put them to life with every stroke of my brush. I read in between lines of conversations and daily activities to develop an expressive narrative for my art and observe little things and details in human emotions. Otherwise, I oversleep and over-eat chocolates.
Ria Mohta is an Independent Illustrator and a Visual Designer based in India. She started her journey as an illustrator at the age of 19, while pursuing architecture.
Her style is experimental and tropical, she draws her inspiration from simple things in life and loves to play around earthy, homely tones.
Rajyasree is an children’s book illustrator and a UX designer. Most of her illustrations are based on harmony between animals and humans. She loves sending Saturday nights binge watching shows on Netflix.
Devika Oza is an illustrator born and raised in Kolkata, the city of joy. She grew up listening to her grandfather’s stories. Devika loves stories with adventure. When she’s not drawing, Devika loves to dance, read romance books and watch action movies.
Neeti Banerji is an illustrator and visual artist based in New Delhi, India. After completing her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, she worked with publishing houses in Boston and New York as a designer, returning to India a year later. Since going freelance full-time in 2020 she’s worked in a number of fields including editorial art, F&B, visual identity creation, and board game development.