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Winter 2010

The Kahani mission is to empower, educate and entertain. We invite children and parents to share this unique reading experience together.
   

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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 York.

Ms. Jain has an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California.

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.

Born 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 show.

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.

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