Q&A with : Anushka Ravishankar, Author of children's books and Co-Founder of Duckbill Book
Updated on: 15 Jun 2016
Two children start an interesting journey on foot in the desert of Rajasthan and many adventures follow. Dhanak is the new fictional venture by techie-turned-editor-and-writer Anushka Ravishankar. She has won awards for writing children's books. She is also the co-founder of Duckbill Books, a publishing house. She hails from Nashik and has more than 17 books to her name. Ravishankar was in the city for the launch. She's the first author to novelise a movie in India. The movie by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor, is about a visually challenged boy (Chotu) and his sister (Pari) who set on a journey to meet SRK and get Chotu's eyesight back. She derives inspiration from British biggies like Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear talks about her unique way of writing children's rhymes, the dearth of children's books in India and more. Read on:
What inspired you to transform Dhanak into a book?
It happened all of a sudden, I was wondering how there are very few authors in India specialising in fiction for young children and even though there are a few books, they are published by small firms and are not recognized by many. That is when I stumbled upon a common friend of Nagesh who gave me this idea to novelize the film into a children's book and I was hooked on to the idea instantly and approached Nagesh who was elated at the idea because it was the first time this was happening in a reverse process, a movie being made into a book in India.