Greystroke (a.k.a Shyam Madhavan Sarada) has been a writer and illustrator of children’s books and stories for 25 years, and began his professional illustrator’s career as the cartoonist for the erstwhile literary review magazine Indian Review of Books in 1995. Since then, his work has been published by leading publishers, including Tulika, Penguin, Hachette, Pratham Books, Tara, Karadi Tales, Macmillan, Pages4ages, Khaleej Times, and most recently, 1InchMargin, a publishing house he co-founded in 2020. His book Wailers Three, published by Pratham Books, is a CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) recommended reader for English for Kendriya Vidyalayas.
A brief bibliography can be found here: GREYSTROKE ON GOODREADS
He is also the art director for Melting Pot, a content & design house, and was part of the team behind the award-winning Mahindra newsletter, Skyline. He also served as the art director for the children’s magazines CHATTERBOX, QUEST, JUNIOR QUEST, HOOT and TOOT, between 1999 and 2013, for which he has illustrated over 250 stories and written several.
In addition to his work in publishing, he is also a photographer and filmmaker. A brief filmography can be found here: IMDB PROFILE His recent work includes producing author/illustrator interviews for literary review site www.goodbooks.in in association with the Parag Trust, several of which can be found here: THE GOODBOOKS.IN YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Apart from the above, he is a founder-partner at Funky Rainbow, a leading retailer of Indian children’s books (OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE); and is independently developing a technology product for the publishing industry, which will be launched in late 2020.
Click on the links below to read some of Greystroke’s work:
WAILERS THREE (Writing & Illustration) • WHAT MAKES YOU SPECIAL (Illustration) • THE STORY-POOPING CAT (Writing) • THE TALE OF THE TOILET (Illustration) CLICK HERE to see/read/download more of Greystroke’s work for free on Storyweaver.
Some publishers his work has appeared with: Pratham Books, (Puffin) Penguin India, Hachette India, Tara, Karadi Tales, Macmillan, Pages4ages, Khaleej Times and 1InchMargin.
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