Our Story

With the impending birth of her oldest child, founder Sailaja Joshi searched for books about her Indian culture. Upon reading the few stories that existed, Sailaja realized that many of them were inappropriate or worse, insensitive.

Sailaja knew the power of representation and set out to change home libraries. We began with releasing Hanuman and the Orange Sun. And we saw the magic of kids seeing themselves firsthand. So we looked into the state of diverse books some more and learned a few things ...

There are five times as many books about trucks and twice as many books about bunnies than there are about any children of color.

When you buy a Mango & Marigold Press book you ensure that every child sees themselves as the hero of their story. When children see themselves in the ordinary and extraordinary, they realize that anything is possible.

Our Mission

Mango & Marigold Press is an award-winning independent publishing house that shares the sweet and savory stories of the South Asian experience.

Executive Team

Sailaja Joshi

CEO and Founder

Growing up, Sailaja was a voracious reader. From Leo the Lop to Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Amelia Bedelia, she loved every book she read. If you were to ask her today what her favorite book is, she'd likely say either the Harry Potter series OR The Tao of Pooh. It really depends on the day.

Sailaja has been a passionate volunteer in the Hindu Youth community for over twenty years and is an accomplished academic with degrees from Northeastern University, Harvard University, and Simmons College. She has also worked with multiple startups, helping them to refine their brand identity and develop their marketing communications. Her unique set of skills and experience help to her to drive Bharat Babies forward. Her ambition is to have Bharat Babies be an active participant in the field of multicultural children’s literature, moving forward with the belief that we need diverse kids lit for a diverse world. When she's not working to change the face of children's publishing, she can be founded hanging with her two adorable children at the park or at circus class (really, that's a thing).

Megan Boshuyzen

CMO & Co-Founder

Megan spent her childhood and adolescent years lost in the pages of Nancy Drew, The Boxcar Children, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings. As Chief Marketing Officer, Megan oversees the Bharat Babies brand and all marketing efforts. Megan received her Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Graphics/ Digital Arts at Springfield College with minors in Music and Religion. In her spare time Megan goes on adventures with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and bunny. She is passionate about art, design, animals, and cultural education.

SriVani Ganti

COO & Co-Founder

SriVani grew up in the pages of Harold and the Purple Crayon, Harry Potter, and Hinduism’s greatest epics. She learned to find a great love and appreciation for the many tales rooted in Hinduism, as they not only taught valuable lessons but provided a glimpse into her colorful heritage. At Bharat Babies SriVani provides insight and knowledge into the Hindu Community and helps to ensure stories and illustrations accurately portray the communities' experience. She is a native of Boston, earning her Bachelors in Biology from Northeastern University and her Masters in Health Communication from Boston University. SriVani is passionate about food, cooking, and healthcare and Hindu American advocacy. When she's not changing the face of children's publishing, she's hanging with her dog Kenobie and hubby in and around the Bay Area.

Authors

Amy Maranville

Senior Author and Editor

Amy Maranville has a BA in English literature and anthropology from Smith College, and an MA in children’s literature from Simmons College in Boston. She is a passionate believer in the importance of diversity in the books we give to our children, and is proud to present positive images of diversity in her stories. Amy lives in Somerville, MA with her husband, young son, and beloved basset hound.

Anjali Joshi

Author

Anjali has loved reading for as long as she can remember. Between the covers of books, she has gotten lost in magical worlds, befriended fictional characters, and been a part of epic journeys. As an educator, writer, and mother, Anjali’s goal is to foster the love of reading and learning in the next generation. She is passionate about bringing diversity to children’s literature and sharing stories of India’s rich culture with our littlest adventurers.

Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan

Author

Shobha is a California-based non-profit development consultant, professional voice talent, poet, translator, editor, and children's author. She has spent two decades in the non-profit community as an advocate and fundraiser for persons with disabilities. Her voice has been used in documentaries, educational and journalistic initiatives, and audio books, and her essays and stories have appeared in publications including India Currents, Tulika Publishers and Skipping Stones. Her published books from Mango Books include A Pie Surprise and Other Stories, An Autobiography of a Tree, a translation of a Hindi children's story, and Native American Folk Tales, from Solstice Publishing, Around the World You Wander and from Tulika Books, Read Aloud Stories and Dum Dum Dho. She has a BA in English Literature (Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Elmira College, New York, and an MA in English Literature from Syracuse University, New York.

Sheetal Sheth

Author

Despite being told she’d have to change her name to work, Sheetal persevered to become an award winning actress and producer, known for her provocative performances in a wide range of memorable roles on film and television. Sheetal puts a spotlight on under-represented groups, not only through her trailblazing work as an actor, but also by being an outspoken advocate. Sheetal served in President Clinton’s AmeriCorps, is on the advisory board of Equality Now, and is an ambassador for The Representation Project. She believes if you can dream it, you can be it - even if you don’t see it. Sheetal, her husband, and their two kids live in New York and Los Angeles.

Raakhee Mirchandani

Author

Raakhee is an writer, editor and pediatric cancer crusader. Her work has appeared in Elle, Glamour, Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, New York Post, Moneyish, Redbook and HuffPo. Raakhee has also appeared on the "Today" show as well as both a host and guest on SiriusXM. "Super Satya Saves the Day" is Raakhee's first book and is inspired by her own fiery 4-year-old daughter Satya.

Photo courtesy of Julia Xanthos

Nidhi Chanani

Author & Illustrator

Nidhi Chanani is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and writer. She is the owner of Everyday Love Art. Her debut graphic novel, Pashmina, was released by First Second Books in October 2017. She recently illustrated Misty – The Proud Cloud, a children’s book by Hugh Howey. She is an instructor in the Master of Fine Arts, Comics program at the California College of Arts.

Nidhi was born in Calcutta and raised in suburban southern California. She holds a degree in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She creates because it makes her happy – with the hope that it can make others happy, too. In April of 2012, she was honored by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change.

Her media appearances include CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and BBC Radio. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, the Women’s March, My Modern Met, Bored Panda and India Times. Nidhi has worked with Disney, ABC, Airbnb, Sony, Microsoft, State Farm Insurance and a variety of other clients. Her non-fiction comics have appeared in the Nib. Everyday Love Art products are sold in retail shops across the country, including the San Francisco International Airport, Books Inc., and Therapy stores.

Nidhi draws and dreams every day with her husband, daughter and their two cats in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Rashmi Bismark

Author

Rashmi S. Bismark, MD, MPH is a physician specialized in Preventive Medicine with expertise from public health, health behavior, lifestyle medicine, and complementary & alternative therapies. Her clinical practice is focused on holistic mindfulness-based interventions tailored to individuals and communities. With over two decades of exploring traditional healing practices from India, including Ayurveda, energy healing, meditation, and yoga, Dr. Bismark is also a teacher trainer at Yoga Medicine by Tiffany Cruikshank where she contributes to curriculum and co-leads advanced modules on Yin Yoga and Meditation for yoga teachers from around the globe. Dr. Bismark feels very fortunate to travel the world with her husband's job, raising two little yoginis-in-training, and sharing mindful ways of nurturing life and healing. www.rsbismarkmd.com

Monique Chheda

Author

Monique Chheda is a dermatologist living in Maryland. She has been married for four years and has two young children. Becoming a mother inspired her to revive one of her hobbies, writing. Wanting to pass on her Indian culture to her children, she found a scarcity of children's books that allowed Indian-American children to connect with their heritage. This prompted her to write her own children's book, Bindiya in India. Her hope is that through literature, she can share India's rich culture and language with the next generation.

Illustrators

Tim Palin

Illustrator

After graduating from Salem State College, Tim started his design career in event and marketing/promotions agencies in and around Boston. When he made the move to NYC as Promotional Art Director for ELLEgirl Magazine, he worked with fashion brands including America’s Next Top Model, Marc Ecko and TJMaxx. Before moving into books, Tim designed for Stuff and Vibe Magazines. Eventually, he made the leap into book publishing as Senior Designer for Disney Editions/Disney Press. Tim has art directed and produced books for both the children’s and adult contemporary markets for publishers including Cantata Learning, Race Point Publishing, Sterling Innovation, Scholastic Books, Blue Apple Books, Girl Scouts of America, Hinkler Books, and Enchanted Lion Books. As an illustrator in the children’s publishing market, Tim is thrilled to be working with Bharat Babies. He lives in Shirley, MA with his husband, Michael and three pups Edith, Emmett, and Steve.

Christy McCreery

Illustrator

Christy's love of art and illustration began in a library. From a young age, she was inspired by picture books and garnered hours of drawing practice by copying their illustrations. In grade school, she had Bill Peet's autobiography perpetually checked out and her dream was to become a Disney animator (or a marine biologist). These days, she spends most of her professional time in the world of advertising, but still gets most excited when a project provides her with the opportunity to draw. Christy has a BA in Studio Art from Wheaton College and Certificate of Art Direction from the Creative Circus in Atlanta, GA, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

Josh Stevens

Illustrator

Using his background as a traditional 2d artist, Josh enjoys creating efficient and bold designs with strong visual narratives As a commercial artist he has successfully developed 2d designs and sequential narratives to deliver high quality results. In his spare time Josh works on his personal comic "Green Asphalt" and develops my his IP Muscular Man.

Lisa Kurt

Illustrator

Lisa Kurt is an artist and illustrator living and working in Reno, NV with her husband and young son. Before heading West, she grew up and lived in the Boston area, receiving her BFA in illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art and MS in Library Science from Simmons College.

Lisa works primarily with acrylics and mixed media. Through her work, she explores stories that involve people, animals, and creatures in mysterious settings, often incorporating nature and the unexpected. Lisa’s work focuses on themes surrounding nature, memory, stories, mythologies, allegory, and dreams.

Jessica Blank

Illustrator

Jessica Blank is an illustrator, explorer, and naturalist living in Texas. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art and Vermont College of Fine Arts for illustration and graphic design. When not drawing, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family. This is her first picture book.

Morgan Huff

Illustrator

Morgan is an illustrator who specializes in children’s illustrations and stories. She has been creating art ever since she could hold a pencil and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a focus in illustration while attending university. She finds inspiration in nature, animals, and the joy of simple yet beautiful moments. Some of the things she enjoys apart from drawing includes cold rainy days, being around loved ones and dogs, tea, and reading.

Debasmita Dasgupta

Illustrator

Debasmita is a Singapore-based internationally-published picture-book illustrator and graphic novel artist with over a decade of experience in the field of art-for-change. Working with mixed media, marrying ink, paint and digital tools, she creates diverse fiction and non-fiction visual stories for children and young-adults. She is currently working on a number of exciting picture books and a graphic novel releasing soon.