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Ramendra Kumar is an award winning Indian writer for children with 14 books in English to his credit. His work has been published by such well known names like National Book Trust (NBT), Rupa, Children's Book Trust (CBT), Navneet and Vikas. His prize winning stories have found a place in 10 anthologies brought out by CBT as a part of its prestigious 'Golden Set' series.

Ramen's work has been published and reviewed in major newspapers and magazines and translated into several Indian languages as well as Japanese, Spanish, Basque and Sinhala One of his stories has been included in the text book for class nine students of Norway while another story has been adapted as Kamishibai, the traditional form of storytelling in Japan. His stories have also found a place in text books for schools following State as well as CBSE and ICSE Boards.

The writer has been contributing regularly to ezines and more than a hundred and fifty of his literary pieces have appeared in various portals. He is the editor of a children's website: www.bolokids.com.

Ramen had the rare honour of presenting a paper at the 31st IBBY World Congress-2008 held in Copenhagen, Denmark in the second week of September, 2008. The paper won rave reviews and accolades both for the substance as well as the style of presentation. Ramen had gone on an invitation by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) to address the Congress which was attended by writers, publishers, illustrators and research scholars from 71 countries across the globe.

In his paper titled "Here and Now Writing: An Indian Paradigm", Ramen drew upon the Jagannath Cult and explained how its values and ideals can be skillfully synergized with the modern day concerns to fashion and sculpt a literature which is enduring, endearing and eternal. The multi-ethnic audience was impressed by the fact that Ramen could dovetail an ancient tradition with contemporary issues to present a paradigm which was fresh and vibrant.

Ramen presented a story at 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 and privilege of conducting a story telling session for the children of Doon Holm Catholic School in Nairobi, Kenya. He was wondering whether he would be able to connect with the children, but to his delight he and the kids achieved a sublime synergy leading to a rocking, rollicking sixty minutes of sheer, unadulterated fun.

The writer is also an inspirational and motivational speaker for children and is frequently invited by schools to address students as well as to speak at seminars and workshops. Of late Ramen has been undertaking promotional tours in different cities including Chennai, New Delhi and Hyderabad. The tours include Book Reading sessions and Meet the Author programmes in leading book stores and creative writing workshops in schools. The response of the young and the young at heart has been fantastic, with the media chipping in with great enthusiasm for good measure.

An Engineer and an MBA, Ramen is working as Asst. General Manager, Public Relations, Rourkela Steel Plant, Orissa, India.

His email ids are 25ramendra@gmail.com and ramendra_k@yahoo.com

 
 
 
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