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Bhakti Mathur took to writing in 2010 when she created the popular ‘Amma Tell Me’ series of children’s picture books about Indian festivals and mythology. She wrote and self-published her first book, ‘Amma Tell Me About Holi!’ in 2011 and the series has now grown to twelve books.
Bhakti is currently working on a new series titled ‘Amma Take Me’ in collaboration with Puffin Books, Penguin Random House India. The new series introduces children to major Indian faiths through their important places of worship and the first two books on the Golden Temple in Amritsar and the Sri Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati were published in 2017.
Bhakti grew up in Delhi. She obtained her graduate degree in Economics and her postgraduate degree in Finance from Delhi University. She holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing from Hong Kong University.
After a long stint as a banker, she now juggles her time between her writing, her passion for long-distance running, yoga and her family. She is also a freelance journalist, and her articles have been published in the South China Morning Post. She lives in Hong Kong with her husband, their two children and two dogs. When not writing or running after her young boys, Bhakti is happiest curled up with a book in one hand and a hot cup of chai in the other.