Kavitha Mandana is the author of ‘Tenaliraman’ and ‘Akbar, The Mighty Emperor’. Her first YA novel was ‘No.9 on the Shade Card’. And her picture book ‘A Pair of Twins’ was ranked among the Top 10 books for girls by the American Library Association in 2015 (The Amelia Bloomer List). Her short stories feature in various anthologies and textbooks. For the past 18 years she’s been writing and illustrating for the Deccan Herald’s children’s supplement.