Indian writer, translator, cultural journalist and a literacy activist Arundhati Deosthale presently lives and works in Sitla cluster of villages, near Mukteshwar, in the Himalayan region. She is a founder trustee with A & A Book Trust, an NGO which publishes children’s books from different countries for the underprivileged children living in Indian villages and cities. Arundhati took her M A in English literature, from University of Pune and did post- graduation in Journalism, from BVB, Delhi. She has been published in English, Hindi and Marathi, by several publishing  houses and magazines and has worked in both Government and Corporate sector  for more than a decade each.

Arundhati  has written 8 books for children, and two for adults and has translated almost 100 picture books for children from diverse cultures. She has served as member of jury for some national level prestigious literary awards. She believes in the power of books to change the lives, and her not- for -profit organisation supports a network of 130 libraries with book donations and workshops for teachers and librarians. A & A Book Trust has been nominated for the coveted Astrid Lindgren Award for the last 5 years for Reading Promotion.

While in Jiwar, in April 2018, Arundhati will be working on a book based on her experiences as a literacy activist and explore the possibility of introducing some Catalan & Spanish children’s books into Indian languages.

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