[Photo Source: Bhakti Mathur is a self-published author of 10 children’s books on Indian festivals and mythology in her series “Amma Tell Me.” (Bhaktimathur.com photo)]

India West
By: India West Staff

Bhakti Mathur, an Indian-origin private banker by day in Hong Kong, started her literary career when she self-published “Amma Tell Me About Holi,” the first book in her “Amma Tell Me” series of picture books for children, in 2011.

Since then, Mathur’s series has grown to 10 titles with books on the festival of Diwali, the Hindu epic Ramayana, and stories about the Hindu gods Krishna, Ganesha and Hanuman. Her books, which are geared for children between the ages of three to nine, are widely distributed online and in bookstores across India, the U.S., U.K., Hong Kong and Singapore.

“The real motivation for writing the ‘Amma Tell Me’ series was to share with my sons the fascinating stories from Indian mythology that I had grown up with,” Mathur states on her Web site, bhaktimathur.com.

A firm believer in the power of mythology to reinforce positive values in children, Mathur has spoken about Indian mythology and her books in schools in Hong Kong and India. She has also spoken at the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival and Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival.

The banker-turned-author grew up in Delhi and attended Delhi University, where she obtained her graduate degree in economics and post-graduate degree in finance. She currently works for a major Swiss bank in Hong Kong, where she resides with her husband, two sons and two dogs.

Mathur’s “Amma Tell Me” books are available for purchase on Amazon at: http://amzn.to/1SWI1aE.

This story was originally published on India West.