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Kitabi Qisse is a virtual gupshup with South-Asian authors, illustrators, and creatives. These are posted as shorts on our Instagram and are shared here in the Journal. It’s a little mini-series that will give you lots of ideas on how to read more, and you will find out the newest epic books for kids by South-Asian authors and creators. We are excited to amplify the work of the community and shine a light on amazing work!

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There’s a new one on Holi !

The first one we are introducing to you is a wonderfully warm conversation with children’s author and educator, Gita Varadarajan who is writing epic books for kids. The nicest thing about talking with Gita was how connected she felt with our mission and her emphasis on why we need desi representation in books. Finding books that represent our culture, heritage, and our lives is what makes our reading fun.

Her ideas are full of interesting gems, and we hope that you enjoy hearing them as much as we enjoyed talking with Gita. We ask all the interviewees three main questions:

  1. Name a desi book they loved as children
  2.  Name a desi book they’re excited about in the future
  3.  One reading tip for all of us!

Check out Gita’s responses below!

Kitabi Qisse: Interview shorts with My Bindi author, Gita Varadarajan

If you want to nominate a desi creator for this series, write to us here.

About Gita Varadarajan

Gita Varadarajan

Gita Varadarajan was born and raised in India and moved with her family to New Jersey in 2010. She has worked with children all over the world, earned her master’s degree in Literacy Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and has been teaching at Riverside Elementary School in Princeton NJ, since 2014. She is also the co-author of the best-selling Middle Grade novel Save Me a Seat and a picture book My Bindi. Her next book My Saree is due to come out in Spring 2024. Gita is passionate about using writing as a reflective tool, and spearheads reading and writing workshops in India. She lives with her husband in Plainsboro, NJ and has 2 grown sons who are both in college.


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