INDIA, November 18, 2022 (Purple Pencil Project): Kayva Gokhale, the junior sub-editor at the iconic Amar Chitra Katha, is going to be at the Bookaroo Children’s Festival 2022 to be held in Vadodara from 19th to 20th November 2022. Her sessions include scripting for comics and fantastic folktales.

Excerpts from a recent interview with Kayva Gokhale:
Ever since before I could read, I’ve been fascinated by the world of Indian mythology . I remember my grandparents telling me stories from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana when I was very little and so, it feels like I’ve always known these tales. Naturally, Amar Chitra Katha has also been a big part of that. My parents had quite a few ACK Comics at home and the idea of mythology and history in comic format has always been super interesting to me. Being a bookworm while growing up, it was a no-brainer for me to study Literary and Cultural Studies at college. As part of my program, I got to engage with history and ancient texts on a more complex level and I was convinced that this is the field that held the most appeal for me. After graduating, I was fortunate enough to get an internship writing content at ACK, and after a few months, I interviewed to officially become part of the team. I’ve been working as a Junior Sub-Editor for a year now, and it’s been such a fulfilling experience getting to write about the stories that had such a hold over me in my own childhood!

What I love the most about writing for ACK is the variety it offers. The process differs quite a bit depending on the type of book we’re working on. For Puranic myths we look at various sources within our ancient texts and some trusted sources (like the Puranic Encyclopaedia), to find the various versions of a story. Based on that, we choose the stories that are most relevant to today’s times. We try to be as inclusive as possible, and to represent as many communities as we can in our work. For example, we recently came out with a title called Rama’s Ring, which was a collection of alternative tellings of popular myths from all over India.

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