Our People — Authors, Contributors, Editors…

Over the years many wonderful people have worked with us, influenced us, supported us, and partnered with us. Some have moved on. While others continue to be part of the journey.

Ajay Jaiman (Founder, Director)
Pitara was founded by Ajay Jaiman in 1998. He led the company through the tumultuous, yet exciting, times of start-up, VC funding, rapid growth and down-time survival, ensuring that, while the ship stayed afloat, the company’s commitment to a safe media environment for children never got compromised.

Arti Jaiman (Co-Founder, Director)
Arti Jaiman has spent 16 years as a journalist exploring the various dimensions of art and education. She has studied journalism at Indiana University, Bloomington and worked for many years with the Arts Pages of The Economic Times (India’s leading financial daily), writing on art, culture, design and gender issues before co-founding Pitara.

Chitra Padmanabhan (Editor)
Chitra Padmanabhan has spent over 25 years with leading Indian newspapers like The Economic Times, The Hindustan Times, The Pioneer and Tehelka, writing on issues ranging from culture, cinema, history, arts, women’s issues and more. Chitra is the Editorial Head of Pitara.

Team Pitara
The team has singly and jointly worked extensively with and for children, be it technology initiatives for children in far flung areas of India, curriculum textbooks that make learning interactive and enjoyable, and collaborative projects that brought together more than 20,000 children from across India to create a montage of “their India.” Besides creating over 15,000 pages of extremely rich content for Pitara, the Pitara editorial team has written a social studies curriculum book for SCERT, Delhi, a 100,000-page manuscript documenting the child development and rights scenario in India for the last 50 years, and news stories written for a dedicated child audience.

Acknowledgements
We are thankful for the support, encouragement and material provided by:

  • National Book Trust (NBT)
  • National Centre for Children’s Literature (NCCL)
  • Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT)
  • Mr. Arvind Gupta -science educator and author of amazing books like Match stick Meccano and Little Science.
  • Paro Anand
  • Kamala Bhasin – Jagori
  • Dr. Smita Desai – Drishti
  • Sadanand Menon

Alphabetic list of our authors, contributors and editors.

  • Ajay Dasgupta
  • A N D Haksar
  • A.N Pednekar
  • Aditi De
  • Adya Tiwari
  • Ajay Dasgupta
  • Ajay Jaiman
  • Akshay B. Singh
  • Alex Chilampath
  • Alka Shankar and Sharleen Mukundan
  • Ambita Verdi
  • Amrita Chak
  • Amtoj Singh
  • Anand Dev Sharma
  • Anand J Dev
  • Anand Shekhar
  • Angela Castellanos Aranguren
  • Anil Khanna
  • Anjan Sarkar
  • Annapurna Nehru
  • Anonymous
  • Anubha Yadav
  • Anupa Lal
  • Anuradha Agarwala
  • Anushrut
  • Anwar Enayetullah
  • Apurva Shah
  • Arti Jaiman
  • Aruna Gopakumar
  • Arup Kumar Dutta
  • Arvind Gupta
  • As told to B Sumangal
  • Ashok Davar
  • Ashok K Vaish
  • Asif Ansari
  • Atish and Nitish Kulkarni
  • Aurobrata Ghosh
  • Author unknown
  • Ayodhya Singh Upadhyaya
  • Ayodhya Singh Upadhyaya Hariaudh
  • B Sumangal
  • B. Sumangal
  • Balasubramanian
  • Bandita Nath
  • Barbara Giles
  • Belinder Dhanoa
  • Benita Sen
  • Bharathi Ghanashyam
  • Bhaswati Ghosh
  • Bhavendra Nath Sakia
  • Bhisham Sahni
  • Bill Condon
  • Bindu Mishra
  • Brishti Bandyopadhyay
  • Cheryl Rao
  • Chief Seattle
  • Chitra Krishnan
  • Chitra Padmanabhan
  • Cyrus Tahbaz
  • Daiji Kawasaki
  • Deepa Aggarwal
  • Dhan Gopal Mukerji
  • Dilip M. Salwi
  • Dipankar Ghose
  • Divir Jain
  • Doo-Young Lee
  • Dronvir Kohli
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Faraz Usmani
  • Gargi Pant
  • Gauhar Raza
  • Gayatri Jayal
  • Geetika Anand
  • George Abraham
  • George Eliot
  • Getika Jain
  • Gijubhai Badheka
  • Gita Iyengar
  • Gobar Times
  • Gowri Mohanakrishnan
  • H.C. Madan
  • Hakku Shah
  • Haley
  • Harinder Dhanoa Motihar
  • Harindranath Chattopadhyaya
  • Hema Rao
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • India By Kids
  • Indu Rana
  • J.B.S. Haldane
  • Jasleen Dhamija
  • Jessie Wee
  • Jim Nicholls
  • Joveen Jose
  • Jujja and Tomas Wieslander
  • Kamakshi Balasubramanian
  • Kamla Mathur
  • Kamlesh Mohindra
  • Khushboo Banka
  • Komal
  • Konish Biswas
  • Krish
  • Kusum Chamoli
  • Laxmi Murthy
  • Leelawati Bhagwat
  • M Krishnan
  • Madhu Gurung
  • Malini Joshi
  • Mamta Sahni
  • Manav Suri
  • Manish Pandey
  • Manisha Deveshvar
  • Manisha Deveshwar
  • Manjula Padmanabhan
  • Manoj Das
  • Manoj Das
  • Margaret Bhatty
  • Marian Douglas
  • Marlinelza B de Oliveira
  • Meera Joshi
  • Meera Joshi
  • Meera Uberoi
  • Melanie Sequiera
  • Mir Najabat Ali
  • Moen Sen
  • Mohuya Chaudhuri
  • Mohuya Choudhary
  • Mohuya Choudhury
  • Moushumi Mohanty
  • N C Ramaa
  • N.C. Rana
  • Naman Saraf
  • Nandini R. Penna
  • NewsJoy Team
  • Nidhi Mehta
  • Nieves S Villaflores
  • Nirankar Dev Sevak
  • Nirankar Dev Sewak
  • Nitya Ramakhrishnan
  • Nitya Ramakrishna
  • Nitya Ramakrishnan
  • Nonika Sahgal
  • Noopurmadhuri Tijare
  • Olive A Wadsworth
  • P. N. Banerji
  • Padmini Sharma
  • Pankaj Bisht
  • Pannalal Patel
  • Paramita Kar
  • Paro Anand
  • Parul Dewan
  • Pooja Desai
  • Poulami Das
  • Prachi Raturi
  • Prasanna Hulikavi
  • Prayag Shukla
  • Prithviraj Monga
  • Priya. N
  • Pushpesh Pant
  • R. K. Laxman
  • Rahul Chak
  • Ram Kumar Panday
  • Rama Kumaraswamy Thoopal
  • Raman Swamy
  • Ramendra Kumar
  • Ramesh Chandra Shah
  • Ramnaresh Tripathi
  • Rampati Shukla
  • Randhi Somaraju
  • Rangarajan
  • Rashmi V.R
  • Reena Dey
  • Rishika Das Roy
  • Ritu Asthana
  • Rosy, Tulika, Nikitar
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • S.P. Chatterjea
  • Saakshi Khanna
  • Safdar Hashmi
  • Salim Ali and Laeeq Futehally
  • Sancharini
  • Santhini Govindan
  • Sanyukta Chaudhuri
  • Sarveshdayal Saxena
  • Sarveshwar Dayal Saksena
  • Satyanshu Mohan
  • Shatrunjay Hegde
  • Sheila Sharma
  • Shilpa
  • Shiv Visvanathan
  • Shobha Ghosh
  • Shri Prasad
  • Shruti Goela
  • Shveta Sarin
  • Siraj Anwar
  • Sonali Pota
  • Soumya Balakrishnan
  • Sowmya
  • Subhadra Kumari Chauhan
  • Subhadra Sengupta
  • Sudarshan Khanna
  • Sudheer Nath
  • Sudhir
  • Sujit Thomas
  • Sundara Ramaswamy
  • Sunitha Sujir
  • Surekha Panandikar
  • Sushama Shetty
  • Swapna Datta
  • Swapna Dutta
  • Swaran Sahodar
  • Team Pitara
  • Teiji Seta
  • Thakur Shrinath Singh
  • Thelma J. Talloo
  • Todd-Michael St. Pierre
  • Tripta Batra
  • Tripta Kaur
  • Uma Anand
  • Uma Shankar Joshi
  • Upasana Sharma
  • Usha Joshi
  • V Krishnaswamy
  • Venu Arora
  • Verrier Elwin
  • Vibha Singh
  • Vichitra Vijaykumar
  • Vishnu Prabhakar
  • Vishrut
  • Vishwajyoti Ghosh
  • Will Allen Dromgoole
  • Woodpecker
  • Wynne Harlen and Jos Elstgeest
  • Zai Whitaker