Roopa Pai

One of India's best-known authors for children


An engineer-turned-writer & journalist, Bangalore-based Roopa Pai has over 25 books to her credit, including the eight-part series Taranauts, India’s first fantasy-adventure series in English. Her other bestsellers include Sister Sister, which was translated into 11 Indian languages, & Children for Change, a series of girl-power books by UNICEF.

Her books are enjoyed as much by adults as by children and cover a wide range of subjects as varied as sci-fi fantasy, popular science, math, history, economics, Indian philosophy, life skills, and most recently, medicine. 

Her book So You Want To Know About Economics, was endorsed by former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan & is filled with real-life examples to explain concepts of economics to young minds.

Roopa is a history buff, and a diehard fan of her hometown Bengaluru , and she combines these two loves in her capacity as one of the top tour guides at BangaloreWALKS, a much-feted heritage walks and tours company. She also writes a weekly column ‘Once Upon A City’ on the history of Bengaluru for Deccan Herald (Student Edition), and regularly contributes features, interviews and short stories for the children’s magazines Hoot and Toot.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

Roopa Pai, with her books, has captured the minds of a whole generation of young, impressionable readers. Her book The Gita For Children was a national bestseller & won her the ‘Crossword Popular Award for Children’s Fiction’ in 2016. It was also listed by Amazon India as one of ‘100 Indian Books To Read In A Lifetime’.

Why Roopa Pai ?

Her TEDx talk ‘Decoding The Gita, India’s Book Of Answers’ has received over 1.5 million views to date. In the talk, she explores different ways one can enjoy reading this classic more than just as a religious text. 

Roopa Pai has lived, worked, and travelled in three continents, writing for some of India’s best known publications on various topics, including business, lifestyle, travel and food, and profiling well-known public figures from the fields of business, sport, theatre and film. Friendly, articulate and easygoing, Roopa Pai is a master of storytelling and an excellent speaker with a wealth of knowledge to share.

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