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A journey through words 

Meet Madhurima

In my day job, I am an endocrinologist; trained in Kolkata and London and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) and have always been a passionately committed writer.

‘Munni Monster’ Duckbill (Penguin Random House India) is my second book for young readers.  My first book, My Grandmother’s Masterpiece, was published by the same imprint in February 2022.

More books are coming in the new year! A historical novel for adults has been acquired by Niyogi Books and fiction for young adults is also in the pipeline

I am also part of the Italian Consulate initiative ‘Bridge of Stories’ – an anthology of short fiction by Indian and Italian writers. I have written for The Woman Inc. and Saaranga Magazine, among others.

Over the years I have written in many formats – articles for The Statesman (Kolkata), scripts for educational documentaries (EMMRC, St Xavier’s College, Kolkata) and for a CD-ROM created by Price Waterhouse Coopers on Satyajit Ray (narrated by Sir Richard Attenborough). But my enduring love has always been fiction, across genres and age groups and a wide range of subjects.

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What do readers say?

This is a story that everyone can read at any age. It brought my childhood in Calcutta back to me. The characterization of Nini, Minima and Dada is beautifully evocative. I can't wait to read Madhurima's next!! Illustrations by Tanvi Bhatt added to the absolute enjoyment of reading this wonderful book.

Suata Saraf on "My Grandmother's Masterpiece"

The story around the disability and sensitisation of young readers.

Aruna Kumar Gadepalli on "Munni Monster"

I really admire the way Dr. Vidyarthi has made use of space in a house in her narrative, changes in relationships and the realisations of Mishti while she gets to know Munni as the book progresses forward.It also reminds us of how the reflections of parents play such a huge role in growing up and the conversation whether at the dining table or in private with the mother truly makes what this book sets out to do. This conversation started by Dr Vidyarthi also reminds us that children are sponges and if you talk about Munni often, it does make an impact on who they become to be later on in life. Highly recommended for children who have just turned 8 and definitely a book that should be kept in libraries for children to pick up and read

Sukaina Majeed on "Munni Monster"

"My Grandmother's masterpiece" is a real heartwarming story of a Nini and her grandmother Minima. Took me back when my grandmother was still alive. Beautifully penned down with fantastic illustrations!

I read it aloud to the children in a story telling session and they were thrilled and came up with ideas about what would have happened next. I just hope Dr Vidyarthi comes up with a series on Ninima and Minima soon.

Mimpi on "My Grandmother's Masterpiece"

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