It began as a wish for more, a wish to enrich a little girl’s
life with literature rich in characters and plots through which she
saw her everyday reflected. From that special grandma far away to the
neighborhood friends she plays with, the little girl could read about
her life, her unique experiences of growing up in overlapping cultures.
Many years later, that wish has come true as Kahani,
a South Asian literary magazine for children. It’s the perfect
title to reflect the simple but empowering concept of the magazine:
kahani, the Hindi word for story. Named by that special grandma, Kahani
would be just that, a place where the stories of South Asian children—just
like that little girl—would be told.
Today, Kahani illuminates the richness and diversity
that South Asian cultures bring to North America. Completely ad-free,
full of great stories, art, activities, and fun facts, Kahani is a must-have
for any family, school, or library seeking to empower and educate global
Our subscribers range from public schools in Clark
County, Nevada (the school board bought subscriptions for all of
middle, and high schools in the district), to an Oregon
family who adopted their infant daughter from India, to an Indian
family in far away Bermuda
who want their children exposed to quality literature
that reflects their reality.
We are proud that Kahani is groundbreaking in so
many ways. It is the first national magazine of its kind
in North America. It is also the premier platform for
talented South Asian children’s
writers and illustrators, both established and upcoming,
to showcase their work. And as a secular and nonpartisan magazine,
readers of all ethnic and religious backgrounds.
We encourage parents and children to share in this
reading experience together.