Reena I Puri - Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF)


Reena I. Puri, Executive Editor, Amar Chitra Katha, has been with the company since 1991. Earlier, she worked with various newspapers, magazines and television production houses, even becoming a radio jockey with All India Radio for a short while, till she discovered that writing comics was her forte. Reena was Associate Editor of Tinkle from 1991 and worked with its founder editor Anant Pai till 2005. During these years she learned from Mr Pai how to communicate effectively with children and use the comics format to convey inspiration, encouragement, hope and joy.
In 2008 she took over as Editor of Amar Chitra Katha and has led the team in the creation of new content for the series. The titles include mythology, history, biographies and folklore. She and her team created the six-volume series of Valmiki’s Ramayana and also the recently released Women Path-Breakers. Her special interest is collating lesser known folktales from across India and putting them in the comics format for children, particularly stories from tribal communities. She is also working on creating a collection based on the stories behind lesser known monuments of India. While creating new books, she has always kept in mind Anant Pai’s vision of bringing untold stories of India to the children of India, and acquainting them with their heritage.