Timbuktoo Young Authors Publishing
66 Child Authors launched across India, Hawaii, London, Colombo & Singapore

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Why Timbuktoo

Why Timbuktoo

There is an exotic, imaginary, boondocks land in every child's imagination. In other words, a Timbuktoo Land.

Far away, exotic, never-land: Timbuktoo is for children, a mysterious yet accepting place where people go, only to be long gone! ("Where had you gone – to Timbuktu?")

In that sense, it's so much like the Imagination – children can get lost in it, they can take it as far as they wish, and yet it's always near – an idea switch away.

Timbuktoo Publishing was born to represent this unhindered, free, individual aspect of imagining and self expression.

To get into the mood of what Timbuktoo stands for, opinions were crowdsourced from children across cities and even countries for our pre-launch buzz. They were asked to visually express what their Timbuktoo or 'imaginative place' would be like. The answers were diverse, complex, mind boggling and heartening. Do have a look at our gallery section to see what Timbuktoo means to children everywhere.

 
 
Founder

About the Founder

Aparna Raman decided to work with children after experiencing the fun and wonder of raising her son Rohan. At 7, Rohan had created his first Comic strip series, with a superhero named Captain Pooky who battled hamsters, evil scientists, robots, aliens and skeletons with gusto! Aparna also observed Rohan creating scrap books of newspaper ads, holiday photos and other collectibles from a young age. A Spelling Bee International finalist, Rohan went on to write an ipod story, The Cactus and the Mushroom at 9.

This display of imagination, confirmed her belief that creative talent in children should be provided a platform for expression that encourages and excites without overwhelming. And what better joy for children than to experience their doodles, scribbles and random thoughts, given direction, for an entire reading community to appreciate.

A creative professional in Advertising and Design, Aparna is an alumnus of London's British Design & Art Direction program and has studied screenwriting in California. She is also a Kathalaya certified Storyteller.

So what's next for Timbuktoo? Raman sees it growing into a global platform for published young authors to share their work and connect with readers and writers around the world.

 
 
Dear Young Friends!
Welcome to Timbuktoo Young Authors. Write a story and we'll publish it for you. That way, you can create a collection of your own work, authored, illustrated and created by you!
Illustrated cards:

Too young to write? Don't worry. We can help with that too. You can order our kit of illustrated story sequences that you can then piece together, interpreting the story the way you wish. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words. And there are no right answers.

Gifting:

A Timbuktoo book is a great gifting idea to present grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends with.

Order a customized story:

Parents, guess what! You can even order a customized story with your child as the lead character, featuring his or her name in situations and with people that are dear to them. It could be a terrific surprise birthday present for your child. There's no limit to what we can do to make your child love books.

Creative learning:

Kids, show your published book to your teacher in school and have your story read in class! Or plan an activity around its themes. You now own an idea and can do anything you like to have more fun with it.

Schools:

please contact us for planning competitions, publishing for students, or creative learning modules to supplement your curriculum.

Digital:

Books apart, we function across platforms. You can order an ebook, an iPad app or read your story on Kindle. Just do the writing. And leave the rest to us.

Global sharing space:

Finally, writing a book is no fun if there are no people to share it with. At Timbuktoo, we make the world a smaller place by offering a safe community space for conversations, feedback, friendly reviews, sharing of one's books across the globe. It's an opportunity to see what kids your age are reading and writing. Think of it as a cool hangout joint with friends, except they could be anywhere in the world.

So happy writing and see you in Timbuktoo!
 
 

Book Titles

Title: Make Believe

Illustration: Priyankar gupta
Book design: Aseem Gautam
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Title: NOLAN the mighty shark

Author: BY FARHAN S. Dabhoiwala
Illustration: Farhan D
Book design: Aseem Gautam
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Title: OUR ADVENTURES

Author: AANVI MATHUR
Illustration: Priyankar Gupta
Book design: Aseem Gautam
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Title: Dabloo the Whale

Author: Vivaan Bajoria
Illustration: Kalyani Ganapathy
Book design: Aseem Gautam
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Title: Kovai sketches

Author: Children of Coimbatore
Illustration: Priyankar Gupta
Book design: Aseem Gautam
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Title: AnyOne There

Author: Amrita Chitkariya
Illustration: Ayesha Adil
Book design: Aseem Gautam
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Title: Drowning Dreams

Author: Ananya Sengupta
Illustration: Ayesha Adil
Cover Design: Priyankar Gupta
Book Design: Aseem Gautam
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Title: Happy Stories

Author: Shaun Sharma
Illustration: Ayesha Adil
Book Design: Aseem Gautam
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Title: The Srilankan Chronicles

Authors: Anthology of 15
Illustration: Priyankar Gupta
Book Design: Aseem Gautam
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Title: Whackylicious!

Authors: Anthology of 15 authors
Illustration: Kavita Arvind
Book Design: Aseem Gautam
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Title: The Night the Sea came Home

Author: Aparna Raman
Illustrator: V. Riju and Reji
Book Design: V. Riju
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Title: My Book of Me

Authors: Dhruv, Inaara, Keya, Layaa, Ranai, Tiya, Vidur
Book Design and Illustration: Kalyani Ganapathy
Mentor & Editor: Aparna Raman
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Title: The Moon who wanted to be the Sun

Author: Aparna Raman
Illustrator: Kavita Arvind
Book design: Aseem Gautam.
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Title: I and Mighty

Author: Aparna Raman
Designer and Illustrator: Reji Mol.
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Merchandise

Badges or Fridge magnets

Badges or Fridge magnets

Badges or Fridge magnets

Badges or Fridge magnets

Gift bags

Gift bags

Gift bags

Gift bags

Gift bags

Cereal bowl, plate and mug set

Cereal bowl, plate and mug set

Cereal bowl, plate and mug set

Cereal bowl, plate and mug set

Wrapping paper and Gift box

 
 

Testimonials

Shibani Rangaraj, mother of Dhruv Rangaraj : 7 yrs Creative Writing Class Experience:
My son has enjoyed the creative writing class immensely. For a child who does not like to read, the class has helped him ideate, express himself in words through the fun exercises and topics. His imagination has become vivid and it is interesting to see its manifestation in his words and ideation, ably helped by Aparna.


Publishing
The publishing experience has been a wonderful memento of the children's works and they are so proud of it. The beautiful illustrations supporting the book have made their stories alive. The book readings also were very sweet and confident boosters. It was interesting to hear the young authors speak confidently to an audience, often with no inhibitions, and divulge to others how they thought of their stories.


Authored by: Creative Writing Workshop participants:
Jailen:
I enjoyed the creative writing workshop very much. It was not boring like most other classes.

The Time I spent with you at the workshop was really Interesting, and useful to me, I learnt about why a Logo is important in characters, and how to identify a character with the logo.

I like to attend more workshops like this, and hope it will help me with my school test.


Ryan:
My son Ryan was thrilled about the workshop and was very proud of the work he had done and presented. I can see that with more practice he will enjoy letting his imagination run free. As a parent, I was happy and very proud to see / hear the lovely stories that were being created by all the students.

Ryan has already told me that he wants to take part in both the workshops next year. He was hoping that this workshop was going to be done monthly....he was sad when he learned otherwise.

Thank you for having given these children the chance to be "the storyteller" instead of always only being "the reader". I would like it if this is something that can be done much more often than once a year....


From Authored By: Venue sponsor:
My heartfelt congratulation for a very successful event and Indian Cultural Centre is proud to be part of this event for children of so many nationalities. Hope we will work together in future.

Regards,
Rajashree Behera,
ICC Colombo

"Aparna - you are such a nourishing teacher : always so warm and welcoming . You provide the perfect space and warmth for any child to be comfortable. My son Vivaan was really nervous the first time he came to you but you did a great job in getting him to write with his own manifestation. Your classes are excellent with personal attention to each and every child. I personally enjoyed reading his work each time he got back from your class. Thanks for being so friendly and encouraging. Now, Vivaan wants to keep coming back for more..."

Divya Nichani, Mother of Vivaan Nichani - TISB

"My 9 year old daughter thoroughly enjoyed the Genre Genie workshop. She loved exploring multiple genres and unleashing her creativity. The way the workshop was conducted - explaining the genre via mindmaps, outlining the character sketch of the protagonist, and then writing out the story - gave my child the tools required to be able to put down in writing any story that her young mind came up with. Thanks, Aparna, for nurturing my child's talent."

Harini, mother of Saakshi, Vidya Shilp Academy

My daughter Khushi is full of imagination, most of which is inspired from fairy tales and fables. She can spin a story around almost anything, be it mermaids, princess, the kind and gentle or the cruel and wicked. In the end, she tries to bring the best out of everyone.

When I came across Ms. Aparna Raman on social media, I knew I had found the right person I was looking for who could help Khushi channelize her thoughts and creativity.

Aparna has the ability to inspire and enhance children's creative writing abilities be it with a use of a prop, flash cards or simply spinning a story with a few unrelated key words. Its all about having fun and exploring new ideas, whilst developing creative skills. One thing parents and children can be sure of with Aparnas' creative writing class is that it will always be exciting, enriching and, in the widest possible sense, educational, too.

- Vidya

Colombo Event: authored By: Dr Jaya Thakur, mother of Siddharth Jha

Dear Aparna,
I'm writing this to appreciate the creative writing workshop held in April 2015 under the title "AUTHORED BY".

My son , Siddharth ,who attended the workshop found it immensely enjoyable and useful. He specially liked the fact that it was very interactive and he could express himself as he would like to. I have noticed quite a difference in his way of writing and he is now able to express his thoughts more freely.I would love to enrol him for your workshops in the future and also recommend it to other children who want to develop their creative writing skills.

However,I think it could have been advertised a bit more as many people didn't know about it and only got to know after the event.

Best wishes,
Dr.Jaya Thakur

Authored by: The Sri Lankan Chronicles author:
Nazia Rajkotwala:
The event has impacted the way I connect to Sri Lanka. In my research I learnt many different things about my country and I have discovered more and learnt to appreciate the many things it offers to me.

Yes, Authored By has changed my life, as I now view myself as an Author and Writer, someone who releases words that people read and engage in.

Yes, it has definitely changed my view of the environment, for example when I was researching Sri Lanka, I was opened to the beauty and diversity of our country, and I learnt about different cultures of Sri Lanka.

Yes, it has changed the way I tell a story, as in my story it was written from different points of views of characters, and that made me understand and made me more inclined to listen and accept different people's points of view on different things.

Thank you for the amazing experience,

Note from Authored by: Event Sponsor:
The book has come out very well which reflects the efforts put in by you both to get the best out of the kids. It was satisfying to see the way these children expressed themselves on varied topics, drawing inspiration from the surroundings. I am sure this is just a beginning with many more to follow. We shall certainly like to engage ourselves in such novel activities.

Wish you all the best.

With regards,
S.Dakwale
Managing Director, Lanka IOC PLC, Colombo

"I got to know Aparna thanks to Vidya Niketan School and my small interaction with her left me mesmerized. She brought out the creative side in my son's writing and I had never realised that he could write this well. My son, Akash, looked forward to his genre writing classes and would be full of excitement when he had a different genre to write on every fortnight. You are exceptionally talented Aparna, and wish you all the best in all your future endeavours."

Ananta Shroff, mother of Akash, Vidya Niketan School

"Veds journey through various moods, emotions and sentiments in Aparnas sessions has kindled a new dimension to his personality. A child who feared reading and disliked writing even more is writing upto 500 words at a stretch! Kudos to Aparna as I don't know the magic potion she used with the kids but he was actually enthusiastic to go for the sessions and to my utter joy I never had to push him even once to attend! For a mom whose child hated to write I have a lot to thank to Aparna and her method. The final presentation of course was the climax and the pride and interest with which the kids presented their stories really was satisfying!"

Shruti Koura, Mother of Ved Koura

Ishaan's had a blast conjuring up evil murderers (who murder their own brothers!), aliens, tortured twisted young princes (Hamlet anyone?) and even a hero Who Had No Name! All of this of course is because he settled down and became comfortable very quickly (even though he was amongst some of the youngest kids in the class) and hence could focus on each genre and what it offered and pick up a few nuances of that particular style along the way. Kudos for that goes to Aparna and her warm and gentle but witty way of dealing with the kids and making the entire sessions fun and interactive (even though the sessions sometimes over ran the 2 hour slot, Ishaan was always happy to stay back until he had thought that he was really done). It's been a good ride and we'll be back for more.

Zainab Sulaiman, mother of Ishaan, Mallya Aditi International

Aparna's workshops are innovative and dynamic! She explores multiple facets of a topic and finds interesting ways to connect with her audience. Her sessions are always interactive, which truly inspires one to think and create.

Padmini Govind, Founder, Tharangini Studio

Your workshops have been an absolutely fantastic experience for my daughter Tia. Whether it was the "awareness about environment" workshop at Hide n Peek, Tharangini, "genres of writing" at Jagriti or the "Ramayana" one at UFO. To me, what stands out is that the information is packaged so interestingly especially in your choice of medium - art, craft, poetry, song, story game boarding etc.

In fact my daughter constantly asks me to check what workshops are planned next :) I would really like to congratulate you on the immense amount of thought & planning you put in to design these workshops. Here's looking forward to many more!

Ajanta De, mother of Tia, Bishop Cotton Girls

 
 

The Sri Lankan Chronicles was launched by His Excellency
The Indian High Comissioner to Sri Lanka at Barefoot Gallery, Colombo.

The Sri Lankan Chronicles is the rewarding outcome of 15 multiracial young authors aged 8-14 living in Sri Lanka. Kids of German, Indian, Sri Lankan and Italian origin participated in the event. This project of two months involved Mentoring of writers online and design and illustration process were completed offshore in Bangalore. Spanning subjects as diverse as Environment, Mythology, Wildlife, History and Art, the book is a unique literary initiative because its intent is to foster cultural assimilation.

Credits:
Illustration: Priyankar Gupta
Book Design: Aseem Gautam
Story Mentor & Editor: Aparna Raman
Event organized in Colombo by: Artika Bakshi,
founder, The Good Book Corner blog.
Published by: Timbuktoo Young Authors Publishing Price on request: click here to order book

 
 

The Creative Writing workshop at Colombo

was part of the Authored By: schedule. It was open to the authors of the Sri Lankan Chronicles and to the public. There were a total of 26 participants. The children were oriented to the structure of a Hero's journey. They created their own Super hero and Villain and wrote a superhero story and humorous poetry. The stories were presented to parents at the close of the workshop.

 
 

Authored by: The Kovai Sketches, Coimbatore
launch slated for August 2015

The Kovai Sketches has been conceptualized with a strong cultural focus – that of bringing alive the historical and mythological legacy of a city. Coimbatore's history, geography and myth were woven into stories by children at a creative writing workshop held at Book Mark Library, Coimbatore. The stories are being professionally illustrated and the book launch is scheduled for August 2015.

 
 

Drowning Dreams by Ananya Sengupta, March 2015

Publisher's foreword:
"In Ananya's poems there is a rare poignance that is usually expressed by those who have seen the world.Coming from one so young, the display of both naiveté and wonder with seasoned empathy is often moving.And yet, the mood is not all grey. After lamenting the horrors of disaster, death and dystopian landscapes, the most disheartening poems lie side by side with others, brimming with vigour, promise and a sprinkling of mischief.

We are at once reminded of the forgetfullness of childhood that enables children to move between opposing states with cheerful abandon. The questions are many and the answers not as much. A child wonders what lies beyond death; can a beloved grandparent return? What happens when a giraffe swallows spaghetti? The elementary and the existential await us. Let the journey begin."

Drowning Dreams is a project commissioned from Singapore.
Illustrated by: Ayesha Adil
Cover illustration by: Priyankar Gupta
Book Design by: Aseem Gautam
Published by: Timbuktoo Young Authors Publishing
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Whackylicious Anthology Dec 2014

Publisher's foreword
"Whackylicious! is the result of 12 months of unadulterated fun. Timbuktoo Creative workshops have been a window to a child's mind: minds that are unconditioned, accepting yet questioning and ever ready for a good laugh.In each of the stories, the children have embraced the nonsensical, the bizarre and the illogical with open arms, taking their imagination where few have gone before. In this world, there are no rules. Anything is possible. And what I liked best was that the good and the humane aren't always human. Little acts of kindness come from non-humans; empathy comes from nature, wisdom from animals and even gender roles are bent where young girls are empowered to help adults." Read about Whackylicious in the media.

Credits
Illustrated by: Kavita Arvind
Book Design by: Aseem Gautam
Edited by: Aparna Raman
Published by: Timbuktoo Young Authors Publishing
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"Anyone there?" by Amrita Chitkariya, Sept 2014

Publisher's foreword:
"When Amrita Chitkariya first sent me her poems, I was immediately struck by her fierce independence of thought. Here was a teenager, unabashed by free expression, with a story to tell.

Her emotions were honest and from the heart; outpourings of teenage angst, separation anxiety, heartache, the first stirrings of love, bitterness, betrayal, life's lessons and existential questions. Our conversations between Dehradun and Bangalore could have taken place anywhere and would still have rung true. "Anyone there?" is a question that every teenager across the world has reached out with while grappling with an emerging sense of self. All they need is a kind ear. Thank you for listening."

Illustrated by: Ayesha Adil
Book Design by: Aseem Gautam
Edited by: Aparna Raman
Published by: Timbuktoo Young Authors Publishing
Price on request: click here to order book

 
 

Happy Stories, Oct 2014

Publisher's foreword:
"When Shaun's mother sent me his stories, they seemed at first glance to be simple fantasy tales that would understandably capture a child's imagination. But a closer look revealed a common thread of humanity in them. A lion cub reaches out to an alien, a mermaid offers solace to a boy and an icecream robot holds hands with a biscuit. Ironically, there is no human face behind any of the aspects of humanity! It revealed a heart-warming insight about children: their trust, belief and lack of conditioning; an ability to see good in all creatures where even the non-living are endowed with goodness. The stories won my heart for this reason."

Happy Stories by 7 year old, London based Shaun Sharma is Timbuktoo's first internationally-commissioned project. Read about Happy Stories in the media

Credits:
Illustrations by: Ayesha Adil
Cover & Book Design by: Aseem Gautam
Edited by: Aparna Raman
Published by: Timbuktoo Young Authors Publishing
Price on request: click here to order book

 
 
 
 

Sheroes: write-up

The Sheroes Summit 2014 was a B Plan initiative and platform for women entrepreneurs to present their business modulesfeaturing market positioning, past achievements and future projections to an audience of business owners and a jury of advisors. Timbuktoo's business plan received the Jury Special Award at an event and ceremony at the Iris Business hotel.

 
 

Accenture Key Note Speaker

Aparna was invited to be a key note speaker at a pan India event in Jaipur organized by Accenture. The Timbuktoo Case Study was presented at an Engineering college and the journey to following one's dreams was the motivational objective. Featuringhumourous television ads and other path-breaking ones to reflect the changing, autonomous lifestyle choices of women, Aparna set the tone for this iconic Women's event. Her presentation received rave reviews and even requests for employment!

Dear Aparna,
Greetings from Accenture!

As the week came to an end, we marked the successful completion of Accenture's International Women's Day events at campuses across the country. These events were held in 10 engineering colleges.

This was the first year that the event was conceptualized and executed at this scale and we are pleased to share that we have received raving feedback about your Address as the Key-note speaker, and the event as a whole. Our intent was to inspire students with stories of real life women achievers and the feedback from the students about your story reflected just that! It was a great opportunity for them to interact with accomplished women such as yourself and walk away feeling motivated & confident to realize their own dreams.

We are very thankful to you for taking out time from your busy schedule to participate in this
event with us. We do hope that it was a memorable experience for you as well!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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