Monika Jain, Editor/Founder
A mother of two, Ms. Jain got tired of checking out Arthur and Nancy
Drew books for her young daughter at the neighborhood
library. Needing and not finding literature relevant to her children’s
unique experience—celebrating Diwali with candles bought at
Target, stumbling through Hindi classes every Sunday at Indian school—Ms.
Jain embarked on telling their story through Kahani. It was 2004
and the timing couldn’t have been better.
Raised in Japan, Ms. Jain worked as a reporter/editor
for the Associated Press in Tokyo. She moved to the United
States to pursue her master’s degree in broadcasting and after
graduating, joined PBS as a field producer in California.
She later moved on to
produce a documentary series for Japan’s NHK television in New
Ms. Jain has an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern
University and a B.A. in Print Journalism from the University of Southern
Sunitha Das, Business Director
Ms. Das is a bird of many feathers. She is in partnership
with her husband at a private marketing consulting firm, and also works
as a gallery instructor at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. But besides
sales and system analysis endeavors, Ms. Das is most proud of having
helped set up early intervention centers for children with mental handicaps
in Mumbai, India. She serves on the Parent Advisory Board at the Price
Center, and on committees at the Fessenden School in Newton, Massachusetts.
Ms. Das has an M.B.A. from Boston University, a B.S.
in Information Systems from Purdue University, and a
B.A. in Psychology from India.
Sonia Chopra, Creative Director
Echoing the sentiment of many, Ms. Chopra wishes she
had a magazine like Kahani when growing up in America. Now she's making
up for lost time so that her nephew, and other children like him, have
access to a publication that is unique yet honestly reflects their childhood.
When approached about joining the Kahani team in 2005, Ms. Chopra jumped
on board without hesitation.
in Canada and raised in the United States, Ms. Chopra
has been an artist and designer since she picked
up her first crayon. She now runs her own graphic/web/interactive
design business called freshSparks design, with clients
around the world. Visit her portfolio site at www.freshsparks.com.
On the off chance away from her Mac, you might find her
at Home Depot, on an airplane, or at an indie rock
Ms. Chopra has a B.A. in Architecture and Studio Art
from Rice University in Houston, and an M.F.A. in Design & Technology
from Parsons School of Design in NYC.
Kavita Ramchandran, Art Director
Telling children's stories through illustration and
design is Ms. Ramchandran's passion. An artist herself,
she brings this same intensity to her job as she
directs the work of established as well as upcoming
South Asian illustrators from around the world. The
biggest challenge, she says, is staying sensitive
and true to their diasporic voices.
Ms. Ramchandran is the creator/director of Maya, a
Nick Jr. original preschool animated short series that's
been screened at film festivals worldwide. She also
runs her own art and design studio at wemakebelieve.com in New York City.
Ms. Ramchandran has an M.F.A. in Design from the School
of Visual Arts in New York, a post baccalaureate in
Advertising Design from San Francisco's Academy of
Art, and a B.A. from Sydenham College of Commerce and
Economics in Mumbai.