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
With Ruskin Bond at the Jaipur Lit Fest
Ambushed @ JLF
In conversation with Puneeta at the 'Ambushed' session at JLF
Genghis @ JLF, British Library
The 'Meet the Mongols' session at the Jaipur Lit Fest at the British Library, London
School Visit, Mumbai
With sparky little girls at an author session
Roar like a Tiger!
When Genghis meets Ambushed :)
Book reading as part of an author session at a leading school
JLF Penguin Authors
In fine company at the Jaipur Literature Festival :)
Author session at school
Engaging with school kids - always the best part!
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
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
Tigress Noor's three cubs that found their way into Ambushed
Signing copies of Ambushed and Genghis at school sessions
Meet the Author :)
At a leading school in New Delhi
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
On the screen is one of my favourite illustrations done by Tapas Guha from our Genghis book