Back in 2009, when a group of students came to Bookaroo Delhi all the way from Gangtok’s Taktse International School – led by their indomitable principal, Maria Lauenstein – nobody could have foreseen that these visits would become an annual ritual.
As it turned out, a November visit by a select bunch of Taktse’s students was much looked forward to – both by us and Taktse itself – every year for the past nine years. Curious visitors in Delhi would watch as the group from Taktse honoured visiting speakers, and even the Bookaroo team, with scarves bang in the middle of the festival grounds.
Their visits were well-planned and managed, they would have researched which sessions to attend, when to go the festival bookstore and, of course, meet the authors and illustrators for the inevitable book-signing ceremony. Unfortunately, however, not all the Taktse children could come down to Delhi to participate in the fun.
It was four years ago when we first felt that if all of Taktse cannot come to Bookaroo, the festival would go to Taktse – some day. That day has arrived.
This year, we took the decision, thanks to a big helping hand from the school. Mr Sonam Denzongpa, the director, made this decision an easy one by providing the resources to take this forward.
The school’s gates have been thrown open to the rest of Gangtok. We hope to have a full house on the days of the festival – June 28th and 29th.
We also take this opportunity to thank IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts), the Ministry of Culture and Sahitya Akademi as well as Takshila Educational Society for making this dream come true. Gangtok, here we come.
Click here to see the full list of speakers participating in Bookaroo Gangtok.
The only way Asha Nehemiah could make magic hair-oil and nightmare-preventing sachets was to put them in her books. She writes action-packed mysteries and funny stories for all ages.
Bandana Tulachan is an illustrator and picture-book artist from Kathmandu. She likes getting lost and exploring the unknown… sometimes in streets and alleyways, sometimes between trees and mountains, but mostly in her imagination.
Bhagirathy is a theatre actor and storyteller. She heads the operations of the Book Lover’s Program for Schools (BLPS) which spreads the reading habit, using storytelling, puppetry, and other elements of theatre, in schools all over Tamil Nadu.
Canato Jimo comes from Nagaland. He loves singing, travelling and, as part of his day job as an Art Director, watching picture books come to life.
Chador Wangmo is a mother of three who occasionally zaps into the role of storyteller and poet when she wants to escape the tedious chores at home, but otherwise is a normal human.
Chewang Dorjee is an animation film designer. He loves to cook, illustrate and make small sculptures of characters he creates. Chewang likes to draw and write stories and is currently at NID Amaravati. He lives to eat Momos.
Chitrupi C is an aspiring industrial designer with an eye for detail. She loves narrating elaborate stories, picking up new languages and dancing along to the rhythm of her surroundings.
A writer, traveller, trekker and wildlife enthusiast who loves India’s wild places, Deepak Dalal enjoys exploring, researching and writing stories (in that order).
Deeptha Vivekanand tells stories for a living. She loves to be surrounded by words in every form, shape, and size. If you promise her good food and great music, she’ll be your best friend!
Harjyot Khalsa is a wandering illustrator who enjoys the simpler things in life. Her adventures find directions through conversations which are then translated to beautiful drawings that she loves sharing.
Kapil Pandey discovered his passion for storytelling at the grand old age of 30 when he met the Gruffalo in the deep dark wood. When not telling stories, he runs marathons and sometimes goes to work.
Kavita Singh Kal...
Being a part of new cultures, meeting new people and learning about them and translating it into visual stories is what interests Kavita Singh Kale, the co-founder of Underground Worm Art & Design Studio.
Neetu Sharma is an award-winning activity and picture book author-illustrator with over 18 books to her name. Just give her some paper and scissors, some paste, some waste, some paint to stain and she spins magic in her craft.
Praba Ram loves stories – about children, animals, food, crafts, mountains, prehistoric life, space, everything! A cat-lover, her other purr-suits include concocting soups, growing vegetables, and supporting childhood literacy.
Priya Kuriyan is an illustrator and animation film designer whose forte is the visual art of storytelling. When she’s not Illustrating, she is usually travelling to places (sometimes imaginary) far and near.
Reshma Thapa-Gurung, a teacher and mother of an 8-year-old, loves reading and baking. Her favourite book is Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss. She never tires of reading this to her daughter and husband.
Ruchira Das wears many hats but she loves the ThinkArts hat the most since it allows her to create and explore imaginative experiences for children through the arts.
Shruthi Rao likes to read books, write stories, eat sweets, give her daughter long lectures, and go walking among trees. She once tried doing all these at the same time. It was a bad idea.
Simrin Tamhane started to write when she was a student at Taktse. She enjoys writing poetry and recording memories of growing up in Sikkim, her stories of growth and the chaos of co-existing in changing cultures and times.
A curious soul, Sonira Mehta uses her skills as a communication designer to collect stories of her travels as artefacts. She has a penchant for hoarding clothes and living out of her suitcase for prolonged periods.
Tanya loves eating or talking about food and decided to be a nutritionist. She is the co-founder of Bhuli Art and is trying to revive the local cuisine of Uttarakhand. Get well soon Mamma! is her first book.
Tanya Kotnala is a fashion designer, illustrator and textile lover working from a cosy home-studio in Dehradun. She loves travelling to rural India to learn a great deal about the local art and crafts. She co-founded Bhuli Art.
A curious soul, Sonira Mehta (left) uses her skills as a communication designer to collect stories of her travels as artefacts. She has a penchant for hoarding clothes and living out of her suitcase for prolonged periods.
Chitrupi C (right) is an aspiring industrial designer with an eye for detail. She loves narrating elaborate stories, picking up new languages and dancing along to the rhythm of her surroundings.
Harjyot Khalsa (centre) is a wandering illustrator who enjoys the simpler things in life. Her adventures find directions through conversations which are then translated to beautiful drawings that she loves sharing.
Vinita Srimal Ga...
Vinita Srimal Garg used to work in the media. Bored of it all, she gave it up for writing. When she is not scribbling, she is talking to herself, trekking or drinking tea.