Manjula Padmanabhan

MP-2015-MayManjula Padmanabhan (b. 1953), is a fiction writer, artist and playwright.

She grew up in Europe and Southeast Asia, returning to India as a teenager in the late ’60s. Her degrees include a BA(Economics) and an MA(History) from Bombay University.

She is believed to be India’s first woman cartoonist. During the ’80s and ’90s, her comic strip character Suki appeared in the Sunday Observer in Bombay and later in the Pioneer in New Delhi.  Suki now appears once a week on Saturdays, on the edit page of Business Line in a strip called SUKI YAKI.

In 1997, her play Harvest won first prize in the Onassis Prize for Theater, in Greece. She has published a number of books including Hot Death, Cold Soup (1996, Kali for Women), Escape (2008, Picador India) and Three Virgins and Other Stories (2014, Zubaan). She has also published a number of books for children as author-illustrator, including Mouse Attack and Mouse Invaders (2003, 2005, Macmillan Childrens Books) and a series of picture puzzle books for Tulika, including We Are Different! (2013, Tulika) and Mama, What Is The NIGHT? (Tulika, 2017). Her books include GETTING THERE, a travel-memoir and the novels ESCAPE and THE ISLAND OF LOST GIRLS, centered on gender conflict in a brutal future world.

Currently, she has a weekly column, HERE, THERE & ELSEWHERE, appearing in BLink, the Saturday Magazine of Business Line, the financial newspaper of The Hindu group of newspapers.

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