ABOUT ME

Nayanika spent her childhood following her parents across many incredible parts of India, with the longest stop being in Kolkata. Though she harboured dreams of becoming a stage actor, she followed the proverbial left side of her brain to do an MBA at IIM Bangalore and became an investment banker. A decade later, she followed her heart to live in Africa. Since then, she’s been following the right side of her brain and is a copywriter by day and a storyteller by night. She now lives in London with her husband, two daughters and their goldfish named Sushi and Fishfinger – who spend their days following each other. Mostly.

Nayanika has been invited as a speaker at the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 in Jaipur and at London - and to the Mountain Echoes Lit Fest in Bhutan in 2018. She has conducted readings and children’s workshops at the Southbank Centre in London, at libraries and bookstores – and pretty much anywhere that she can find children who might lend her an ear!  She has spoken extensively at schools in author interactions, and hopes to see children engage more with not only the written word, but with the wondrous world of nature.

Ruskin Bond JLF

Ruskin Bond JLF

With Ruskin Bond at the Jaipur Lit Fest

Ambushed @ JLF

Ambushed @ JLF

In conversation with Puneeta at the 'Ambushed' session at JLF

Genghis @ JLF, British Library

Genghis @ JLF, British Library

The 'Meet the Mongols' session at the Jaipur Lit Fest at the British Library, London

School Visit, Mumbai

School Visit, Mumbai

With sparky little girls at an author session

Roar like a Tiger!

Roar like a Tiger!

When Genghis meets Ambushed :)

Author session

Author session

Book reading as part of an author session at a leading school

JLF Penguin Authors

JLF Penguin Authors

In fine company at the Jaipur Literature Festival :)

Author session at school

Author session at school

Engaging with school kids - always the best part!

Genghis Khan Cover Spread

Genghis Khan Cover Spread

The Gory Story of Genghis Khan a.k.a. Don't Mess with the Mongols - i simply love this cover spread!

Ambushed Cover Spread

Ambushed Cover Spread

This cover will also be special - more so with Ruskin Bond & Bill Aitken's blurbs and the bit that says 'Foreword by Valmik Thapar' :)

The Cutest Stripes in Ranthambhore

The Cutest Stripes in Ranthambhore

Tigress Noor's three cubs that found their way into Ambushed

Book Signing

Book Signing

Signing copies of Ambushed and Genghis at school sessions

Meet the Author :)

Meet the Author :)

At a leading school in New Delhi

With our special Mongolian guests

With our special Mongolian guests

Privileged to have special guests from Mongolia for our 'Meet the Mongols' session at the JLF at the British Library

Author session

Author session

On the screen is one of my favourite illustrations done by Tapas Guha from our Genghis book

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