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About Us

Namaste, Nômoshkar, Vanakkam, Khushamadeed
नमस्ते, নমস্কার, வணக்கம், خوش آمدید
 

The word "kitaab" means "book" in many languages, and hence the name, Kitaabworld. Passionate about making South Asian children’s literature more accessible and easily available in the US, Gauri Manglik and Sadaf Siddique launched KitaabWorld in the fall of 2016. 

Kitaabworld stemmed from a need for representation of South Asian children's literature in the mainstream. We advocate to spread awareness about South Asian culture, and provide resources for teachers, librarians and parents.

We fulfill our mission in three ways:

First, we are an independent publishing house, and run an online independent bookstore through which we facilitate discovery and distribution of South Asian children’s literature. We curate books from around the world which feature traditional, contemporary and re-imagined stories on and about South Asia. Our selection showcases an authentic representation of the diverse elements of South Asian culture as well as mirrors the realities of growing up in the South Asian diaspora.We also focus on South Asian languages by providing resources that appeal to children. 

Second, we have a content platform, where we routinely publish curated booklists on various South Asian topics, conduct author interviews and feature guest posts on various topics. We ran a campaign in early 2017 called 'Counter Islamophobia Through Stories' to showcase positive stories and representations of Muslims.

Third, we collaborate with libraries, schools and other institutions to experience and learn about South Asian culture through literature. We conduct story times and school visits, as well as speaking engagements, some of which are mentioned here.

Check out this video on our first year anniversary!

A NOTE ON SOUTH ASIA

South Asia is a vast and diverse region, and includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, MyanmarNepal,Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and the region of Tibet. The South Asian community comprises of over a billion people, at least 20 languages and many religions including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism and Sikhism.

Even today many traditions still remain a part of people’s daily lives. Our products reflect key elements of South Asian culture such as art, dance, food, folk tales, history, religions, mythologies and traditions. 

Our Team

Gauri Manglik
Gauri had figured out her life as a lawyer mom, but she could not figure out how to get a daily dose of South Asian culture in her kids' lives. She was troubled by the acute lack of diverse children's books in her kids' lives; she noticed a burgeoning literature scene in South Asia and many diverse books in the US too, only they were hard to discover - This led to the inception of  KitaabWorld in 2016! 
 
Prior to founding KitaabWorld, Gauri spent 9+ years as a start-up and corporate lawyer! She is an avid reader, writer and book reviewer. She serves on the Board of the Women's National Book Association- SF Chapter, and lives in Menlo Park with her husband and their two sons.
Contact Gauri at gauri@kitaabworld.com.
 
 Sadaf Siddique
Avid reader, news junkie and cat lover, Sadaf's prior experience includes developing content around social impact investing at Omidyar Network, and leading editorial strategy and project management at Link TV’s  Dear American Voter, an online interactive project on global perspectives on the 2008 US election. She was also the Editorial Manager on the innovative award-winning, multilingual and multimedia online exhibit, Imagining Ourselves. She is partial to puns, peacocks and parathas (and alliteration!). She loves spinning nonsensical rhymes and ad-libbed stories, though her son is a tough critic. Hopefully curating KitaabWorld’s fun content will teach her a trick or two that gets her pint-sized critic’s applause.
Contact Sadaf at sadaf@kitaabworld.com.
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