Roopa Pai is an Indian computer engineer, journalist and children’s author living in Bangalore, India. She has over 20 published books which include the India’s first fantasy-adventure series for children Taranauts and the national best seller The Gita for Children which also won the 2016 Crossword Award for children’s writing.
Roopa was born in a Lingayat family in Bangalore.
She started writing during her 11th standard, first writing articles for the Deccan Herald. She went on to complete her Engineering degree and moved to Delhi after her marriage. Here she started writing for the children’s magazine Target. The couple eventually shifted to London where she wrote articles covering Indian restaurants in London, for the Travel Trends magazine. She was also commissioned by the British Tourism Authority to cover hotels and accommodations for Indian tourists across the UK. The couple eventually moved back to Bangalore.
2004 – Chanakya: The Master Statesman, published by Roopa Publications India
2008 – Ticket Bengaluru, published by Stark World India
2011 – The Quest For The Shyn Emeralds, book 1 of the Taranauts series published by Hachette India
2011 – Riddle of the Lustr Sapphires, book 2 of the Taranauts series published by Hachette India
2012 – The Secret of the Sparkl Amethysts, book 3 of the Taranauts series published by Hachette India
2012 – The Race for the Glo Rubies, book 4 of the Taranauts series published by Hachette India
2012 – The Mystery of the Syntilla Silvers, book 5 of the Taranauts series published by Hachette India
2012 – The Key to Shimr Citrines, book 6 of the Taranauts series published by Hachette India
2012 – The Search for the Glytr Turquoise, book 7 of the Taranauts series published by Hachette India
2013 – The Magic of the Dazl Corals, book 8 of the Taranauts series published by Hachette India
2014 – What if the Earth Stopped Spinning And 24 Other Mysteries published by Roopa Publications India
2015 – The Gita for Children published by Hachette India
2017 – So You Want to Know About Economics, published by Roopa Publications India
2017 – Ready!: 99 Must-Have Skills for the World-Conquering Teenager (And Almost-Teenager), published by Hachette India
2018 – Krishna Deva Raya: King of Kings, published by Eicher Goodearth
2019 – The Vedas and Upanishads for Children, published by Hachette India
2019 – From Leeches to Slug Glue: 25 Explosive Ideas that made (and are making) Modern Medicine, published by Penguin Random House India
Awards and recognition
2016 – Book titled The Gita for Children wins Crossword Award for children’s writing
2017 – Nominated for Femina 2017 women award in the category “Literary contribution”