The first book in a series on hanuman, the god that Amma likes best, tells of the trouble he got into as a baby, trying to gobble up the sun for breakfast. Born in the being of the Wind god, blessed with mighty Shiva?s divinity, this is the story of the hard lesson that he learned?that with great power comes great responsibility.
Bhakti Mathur, private banker by day, mother to Shiv and Veer (seven and five years old) and an avid delver in Indian mythology at all other times is the creator of the Amma Tell Me books a series of picture books about Indian festivals and mythology for children in the three to nine year age group. She wrote and self-published her first book, Amma Tell Me About Holi! in 2011 and over the next three years, the series has grown to eleven books on the festival of Diwali, the Hindu epic Ramayana and stories about the Hindu gods, Krishna, Ganesha, Hanuman and the goddess Durga. The real motivation for writing the Amma Tell Me series was to share with my sons the fascinating stories from Indian mythology that I had grown up with, says Bhakti. But, I found that there were no resources that were simple to understand and that captured the rich imagery of mythological India that is such an integral part of these stories for me. So I went ahead and started writing the stories in a style that I think kids find fun and non-preachy and collaborated on the illustrations to bring out the imagery that I want my stories to convey. Bhakti grew-up in Delhi. She studied at Modern School Vasant Vihar. She obtained her graduate degree in Economics and her post graduate degree in Finance from Delhi University. She is a CFA charter holder. She currently works for a major Swiss Bank and lives in Hong Kong with her husband, their two sons and their two dogs. Bhakti is a committed writer ambassador for Room to Read, a global non-profit which offers holistic literacy and girls education programs. An avid reader, a long-distance runner and a yoga enthusiast, when not working or running after her boys, she is happiest curled up with a book in her hand and a hot cup of chai.