Books made me the person that I am today. I owe everything to them. Reading is still my favourite thing to do every single day. When I am with books (at home, or at the library or a bookshop), a delicious feeling of happiness and serenity envelops me.
Dr. Devika Rangachari is an award-winning writer whose book, Queen of Ice (Duckbill), has been optioned for a movie/ TV series.
A chocoholic, potato-fan and book-devourer, Devika is never far from one of these three loves.
Devika's work has been much appreciated all over the world. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature, vol. 3, edited by Jack Zipes (Oxford University Press, 2006) includes an entry on Devika's works. She was invited to participate in the International Children’s Book Week organized by the International Library at Stockholm, Sweden, in 2007 as a guest author.
She has been on the jury of the Crossword Book Awards for various categories and the Hindu-Young World Book Awards. Devika is currently the recipient of a senior fellowship awarded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, for outstanding persons in the field of culture. She is researching gender-sensitive historical fiction for children and young adults in India.
Awards and Honours:
20 national awards for my children’s books and short stories.
White Raven list of best children's books from around the world - Queen of Ice (Duckbill, 2014)
Neev Young Adult Book Award - Queen of Ice
International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honour List for the most outstanding Indian entry - Growing Up (Children’s Book Trust, 2000)
UNESCO Prize for Children and Young People’s Literature in the Service of Tolerance (Nomination) - Growing Up.