Some Excerpts from our first Conference: Narratives of Criminality, Punishment and Social Justice in CYA Literature

Text by Ritwika Roy & Kajori Patra Illustrations by Ahona Das When we started ACLiSA in 2021, we did not imagine that we would be holding our first conference in August 2022, within a year of functioning. Yet, when Ritwika, one of our co-founders, proposed to the team that we collaborate with the Department of … Continue reading Some Excerpts from our first Conference: Narratives of Criminality, Punishment and Social Justice in CYA Literature

My adventures and misadventures as a young adult writing for other young adults.

By Samragngi Roy Disclaimer: I shall begin with a rant so I can conclude on a happy note.  So, here's the unfiltered truth about the self-publishing industry in India. If I said that what I experienced as a self-published young adult author was rather unpleasant, it would be an understatement. It was traumatic! A nightmare! … Continue reading My adventures and misadventures as a young adult writing for other young adults.

Smoking Kills

“'Smoking Kills' is a cautionary tale against the practice of tobacco intake. The story however is written in a not so serious vein, with scopes of jest. Influenced by my surroundings, I write this story for whenever outdoors, I happen to chance upon someone savouring a smoke”, writes Protiti.

Art, Metamorphosis and Growing Up: In Conversation with Ambika Karandikar

An Interview by Ahona Das This month, we have with us artist Ambika Karandikar, a.k.a @girlwithgreenmind, who started her journey as a children's book illustrator in the pandemic. We talk about nature, art, metamorphosis & growing up and what it's like to be an emerging kidlit artist in India! Ahona: So, before we begin, tell … Continue reading Art, Metamorphosis and Growing Up: In Conversation with Ambika Karandikar

Mirror, Mirror

Every time she looks in the mirror, Ananya braces herself for the voices in her head that insist on calling her “Fat bitch” … The title of the book brings to mind the recurring dialogue of the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” But while the queen in the popular fairytale recognizes Snow White as her enemy, for Ananya, it is her own body