Ramendra Kumar has won 26 national awards in competitions organised for writers of children's books. He has 22 books for children and young adults to his credit. His work has been published by well known names such as Penguin, Hachette, Rupa & Co., Pratham Books, National Book Trust (NBT), Navneet, Children's Book Trust (CBT), Vikas Publishing House, et al.
Ramen's work has been published and reviewed in major newspapers and magazines and translated into several Indian languages as well as Chinese, French, Spanish, Japanese, Mongolian and Sinhala. One of his stories has been included in the text book for class nine students of Norway and another fable has been adapted as Kamishibai, the traditional form of storytelling in Japan. Tales penned by him have also found a place in the school text books in India as well as abroad. His stories, poems and satires have been included in several national and international anthologies including the popular 'Chicken Soup for the Soul Series'. His latest book for young adults 'Now or Never' and a read-aloud book ‘Paplu the Giant’ have been recommended by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), India, as Supplementary Readers for classes 7 & 8 and 3 & 4 respectively. His books have been showcased in several international trade fairs including Frankfurt, Bologna, Moscow, Pakistan, South Korea et al.
Ramen is much sought after as an inspirational speaker and storyteller for children. He is also the editor of www.bolokids.com, a New York based website and has a page devoted to him on Wikipedia.
Ramen had the rare honour of presenting a paper at the 31st IBBY World Congress held in Copenhagen, Denmark in the second week of September, 2008. In his paper titled "Here and Now Writing: An Indian Paradigm", Ramen drew upon the Jagannath Culture and explained how its values and ideals can be skilfully synergized with the modern day concerns to fashion and sculpt a literature which is enduring, endearing and eternal.
Ramen also participated in the Story Telling Festival which was organized as a part of the conference. Later, he was invited by a Public School in Denmark to conduct a Creative Writing Workshop for its students. In October 2009, the writer had the pleasure of conducting a story telling session for the children of Doon Holm Catholic School in Nairobi, Kenya.
In December 2010, Ramen presented a paper entitled “Jagannath Culture & Here and Now Writing : Inspiration & Synergy at the National Seminar on Traditions of Folk in Literature organised by IGNOU in August 2010.
Ramen’s paper at the "International Conference on Book Therapy - Reading is Healing," organized by AWIC (Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children) at New Delhi in February, 2012 titled: "Trauma and Tales: Healing Hearts, Mending Minds" won rave reviews.
Ramen made a significant mark at the World Book Fair held in New Delhi from 4th to 10th February, 2013. Three of his books were released during the festival. On 4th he Chaired a panel discussion on the Theme “Role of Parents in Promotion of Pleasure Reading.” The next day he was invited to lead a participative session with writers and illustrators. On 6th he participated in the “Meet the Author” programme. Another huge plus was all his books being put on display in the ‘Author’s Corner’.
Over the last few years the author has become a regular at the leading children's literature festivals in the country including Bookaroo, the most happening of them all!
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An Engineer and an MBA, Ramen is working as Deputy General Manager and Chief of Communications, Rourkela Steel Plant, Odisha, India.