Namaste, Nômoshkar, Vanakkam, Khushamadeed
नमस्ते, নমস্কার, வணக்கம், خوش آمدید
In many languages, the word ‘Kitaab’ means book – our mission was to connect the world to South Asia, one book at a time.
Kitaabworld was operational from May 2016 through October 2019. We ran an online bookstore with a curated collection books, toys and games from over eight South Asian countries to help children learn and experience the diverse elements of South Asian culture. Our products reflected key elements of our culture such as art, dance, food, folk tales, history, religions, mythologies and traditions.
We created an online space for booklist recommendations for educators and parents to introduce these books in our schools and libraries. Through our engaging bilingual story times and fun community events we worked towards interweaving your stories with ours.
Gauri had figured out her life as a lawyer mom, but she could not figure out how to get a daily dose of South Asian culture in her kids’ lives. She was troubled by the acute lack of diverse children’s books in her kids’ lives; she noticed a burgeoning literature scene in South Asia and many diverse books in the US too, only they were hard to discover – This led to the inception of KitaabWorld in 2016! Gauri is an avid reader, writer and book reviewer. She lives in Menlo Park with her husband and their two sons.
Avid reader, news junkie and cat lover, Sadaf’s prior experience includes developing content around social impact investing at Omidyar Network, and leading editorial strategy and project management at Link TV
’s Dear American Voter, an online interactive project on global perspectives on the 2008 US election. She was also the Editorial Manager on the innovative award-winning, multilingual and multimedia online exhibit, Imagining Ourselves
. She is partial to puns, peacocks and parathas (and alliteration!). She loves spinning nonsensical rhymes and ad-libbed stories, though her son is a tough critic. Hopefully curating KitaabWorld’s fun content will teach her a trick or two that gets her pint-sized critic’s applause. Find her at Lantern Reads
where she continues to write on children’s literature.