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By Sandhya Acharya
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About

 Hello, I am Sandhya Acharya. I have written this really fun story about Two adorable brothers, Ten Gulab Jamuns and One hearty adventure. My dream is to bring this to as many children as possible and create a few laughs and happy moments. I also hope to invite readers to enjoy a bit of South Asian culture in the process. Thank you for your support!

The need

Children's books are like mirrors. When children's see characters who look like them themselves reflected in the books they read, it helps them get a sense of belonging - it helps them to be seen. Children's books are also like windows. They are an invitation into a new world, new cultures and ways of living.

Did you know that

 

  • 37% of children in the US identify themselves as multicultural, yet only about 10% of the children's books have characters that look like them
  • 10% of children's books are written by people of color 
  • 3% of children’s books have characters from Asia Pacific. South Asian content is even lower a percentage

 With my upcoming book, I would like to give a sense of identity and belonging to children of color. I also hope to introduce some nuggets of South Asian culture to everyone regardless of their backgrounds. And it promises to be a whole lot of fun.

The inspiration

The book is inspired by a true story. I had a sweet tooth growing up. My mother is always telling me how it was a challenge to keep me away from the sweets that she had prepared for guests.

I was especially a fan of Gulab Jamuns.

Gulab Jamuns
Gulab Jamuns

Gulab Jamus are a much loved Indian sweet delicacy. They are an excellent ambassador of diversity themselves. They are said to have roots in Persia. Now they are one of the most popular sweet dishes in India. They are ubiquitous in every celebration - birthdays, weddings, festivals and even restaurants. I decided to retell a favorite childhood story involving this special dish in my current context with my two sons.

The characters

Idu and Adu
Idu and Adu

The book has two main characters. Idu (Ee-doo) and Adu (Aa-doo). Idu is the older brother -playful and protective and Adu is his younger brother -a boisterous brat. As an aside, Idu and Adu also mean "This" and "That" in Kannada, my mother tongue. For those who are not familiar, Kannada is the principal language spoken in Karnataka in the south of India. My hope is that as personal as this story is to me, it is also universal in its appeal and can resonate with all of you.

A sneak peek into the book

Idu and Adu are very excited. They have friends coming for dinner. Mamma has prepared a lot of dishes.

 She is about to make Gulab Jamuns next. Idu and Adu wonder what Gulab Jamuns are.

  So Mamma explains that they are yummy, gooey, golden balls that look like tiny donuts dipped and soaked in sugar syrup. You bite into one and it melts in your mouth. Then Mamma makes the Gulab Jamuns.

They look irresistible, but Mamma has asked them to wait till the guests arrive. Can they? You will have to read the book to find out.

This is a lighthearted, fun story that children and their caregivers will enjoy. The story also includes some basic lessons of counting as well as important values of responsibility, teamwork and family.  

What will the funds be used for?

With this campaign, I hope to raise enough funds to unblock me and cover upfront costs of printing, illustration and bringing the books to you. A rough breakdown is as follows. 

Kickstarter cost breakdown
Kickstarter cost breakdown

Some data points -I need to print a minimum of 1,000 books. Printing a hard-copy book of high quality can cost a lot. Just as a point of reference a retail children's picture book costs about $15 to $25 in the market. More convered on the economics behind it here

http://www.sandhyaacharya.com/2016/10/27/why-kickstarter-part-2/

Note that I need to raise ALL the funds to reach the goal. If I don't reach the goal, no money exchanges hands - and sadly, no books can be printed. And what if I exceed the goal? Hurray, that means more books for more children!

Timeline

The story is written and ready to go. Once the Kickstarter campaign is over, Illustrations will follow and then the process of printing.

Rewards

There are different levels of contribution as per your comfort level and I have created rewards for each of them. You could

  • Choose no reward (level 1). 
  • PREORDER the book itself (see level 2 and 3)
  • Choose other levels that include personal signed copies, personal note and Kickstarter exclusive Gulab Jamuns recipe by recipe writer and food consultant Hetal Vasavada www.milkandcardamom.com (see all other levels)
  • You can also choose to donate books to your local library or I can do it on your behalf! (any level)

Shipping is free within the U.S. Note that for other locations, there will be appropriate shipping charges.  With your contribution, YOU can promote diversity and enhance the landscape of the children's book market.

Participating in http://kickingitforward.org

Ten Gulab Jamuns has been in the news!

See http://www.sandhyaacharya.com/716-2/ for links

 Here is Ten Gulab Jamuns with a booth for the first time

Ten Gulab Jamuns first booth
Ten Gulab Jamuns first booth

Here is my first update video and some backers pushing me on

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Risks and challenges

I have a Masters in Business Administration. In my earlier life, I worked in Corporate Finance at Sprint, Google and Grameen Foundation. Budgeting and reporting were my specialties. I have enjoyed using my training and corporate skills in my creative venture.

Earlier this year I self-published my first book on the Amazon KDP program. I gained a lot of knowledge from that on what goes into the creation of a high-quality children's book. I also have immersed myself since then in doing the necessary research and preparations to make this current project a success.

I will be working closely with my talented illustrator to bring this to completion. I have printers ready to go. I have done the research on fulfillment/delivery.

If you need any information from me before you pledge or during the process, feel free to contact me from the Kickstarter contact form. You can also get more contact details at
http://www.sandhyaacharya.com/…

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    They will make great birthday, baby shower or other occasion gifts. Delight a child and take the opportunity to talk a bit about South Asian culture.

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    Great as take home gifts at your child's birthday party. Or you can donate to the library/school/museum of your choice. Share a bit of South Asia with everyone.

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Funding period

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