Author, Playwright, Artist and Cartoonist

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Manjula Padmanabhan

Manjula Padmanabhan (b. 1953), is an author, playwright, artist and cartoonist. She grew up in Europe and South Asia, returning to India as a teenager. Her plays include LIGHTS OUT and the MATING GAME SHOW. Her play HARVEST won the first ever Onassis Award for Theatre, in 1997, in Greece. She writes a weekly column and draws a weekly comic strip in Chennai’s “Business Line”.  Her books include UNPRINCESS, GETTING THERE and THE ISLAND OF LOST GIRLS. She lives in the US, with a home in New Delhi.

Books

Prose & Plays

This is a list of Manjula's Prose & Plays.

GETTING THERE

Prose & Plays

Hachette India, 2020. An updated version of the travel memoir first published by Picador, in 1999. The author spent five months in Germany and Holland, chasing after weight loss, enlightenment and two tall Dutchmen.

BLOOD AND LAUGHTER

Prose & Plays

Collected Plays, Vol I / Hachette India, 2020. Six full length plays, including Lights Out and Harvest. General Introduction common to both books, plus separate introductions to individual plays.

LAUGHTER AND BLOOD

Prose & Plays

Collected Plays, Vol II / Hachette India, 2020. 20 short performance pieces, including Hidden Fires and The Wish. General Introduction common to both books, plus separate introductions to individual plays.

LIGHTS OUT

Prose & Plays

Worldview Editions. A stand-alone edition of the author’s first play.

MOUSE ATTACK

Prose & Plays

Hachette India, 2019 (Author’s name on the cover is Magnolia). Arvee, a white laboratory mouse, finds friendship and adventure in his new life as a house pet.

MOUSE INVADERS

Prose & Plays

Hachette India, 2019 (Author’s name on the cover is Magnolia) When a new threat looms over his friends, Arvee, the white laboratory mouse must find a way to save them all.

HARVEST

Prose & Plays

Hachette India, 2017. The Onassis award winning play about selling organs, souls and human dignity in the global market place.

THE ISLAND OF LOST GIRLS

Prose & Plays

Published by Hachette India, 2015. In a chaotic future world, a man risks everything, including his own body, to find safe haven for his precious young daughter.

ESCAPE

Prose & Plays

Published by Hachette India, 2015 (second edition). Meiji is the last little girl left alive in a country ruled by a brotherhood of savage Generals.

ASTRO-NUTS, an intergalactic comedy

Prose & Plays

Hachette India Children’s Books, 2015 (originally entitled GENERAL ASSEMBLY, published by Scholastic India in “Plays for Schools” 2007). Furious words and feisty characters fill the stage in this Young Adult play about the first delegation from Earth to address an Inter-Galactic conference.

THREE VIRGINS

Prose & Plays

Zubaan, 2013. A collection of short stories including FEAST, about a European vampire visiting India for the first time.

UNPRINCESS!

Prose & Plays

Penguin Books India, 2005. Three profusely illustrated stories about three funny, feisty and fearless girls.

DOUBLE TALK

Prose & Plays

Penguin Books India, 2005. A collection of SUKI cartoon strips from the pages of the Sunday Observer, Bombay, 1982-1986.

KLEPTOMANIA

Prose & Plays

Penguin Books India, 2004. A collection of short stories: flavourful, funny, disturbing.

Collaborations

This is a list of Manjula's Collaborations.

GOLLANCZ ANTHOLOGY

Collaborations

Singular visions of the future that will thrill, amuse, startle and intrigue. On an ordinary morning, the citizens of Karachi wake up to find the sea missing from their shores. The last Parsi left on Earth must find other worlds to escape to when debt…

Wild Verses of Wit and Whimsy

Collaborations

An alphabet symphony that doesn’t play by any rules! From A to zany Z, the 26 letters freely frolic in nonsense verse along with Manjula Padmanabhan’s witty and refined illustrations. Funny and perceptive at once, this book is an invitation to a joyous, liberating and…

Illustrated Books

This is a list of Manjula's Illustrated Books.

ANIMAL ALPHABET

Illustrated Books

Tulika Books, 2021 Twenty-six animals, one for each alphabet, with pictures and rhymed verse!  

Pooni At The Taj Mahal

Illustrated Books

Tulika Books, 2017. On a trip to the Taj Mahal, Minnie secretly brings Pooni along though animals aren’t allowed in. But wait – the naughty cat slips off on her own adventure!

MAMA, WHAT IS THE NIGHT?

Illustrated Books

Tulika Books, 2017. A little girl learns about the creatures of the night, through pictures and verse.

SHRINKING VANITA

Illustrated Books

Tulika Books, 2016. A killer asteroid and a little girl with a plan to save the Earth!  

WE ARE DIFFERENT!

Illustrated Books

Tulika Books, 2013. A picture puzzle book in which young readers must pick a number of different figures from amongst groups of similar ones.

THE WORLD TOUR MYSTERY

Illustrated Books

Tulika Books, 2011. A picture-travel and puzzle book in which a family of six travels around the world. Young readers can try to figure out their itinerary from clues in the pictures.

SAME & DIFFERENT

Illustrated Books

Tulika Books, 2010. A picture puzzle book in which young readers must find the two matching figures amongst a group of similar images.

WHERE’S THAT CAT?

Illustrated Books

Tulika Books, 2009. Children’s picture book in which a little girl goes out on the streets, looking for her little orange cat, Pooni.

I AM DIFFERENT!

Illustrated Books

Tulika Books, 2007. A picture puzzle book in which young readers must pick out the single element that is different from all the others in a group.

A VISIT TO THE CITY MARKET

Illustrated Books

National Book Trust, 1986. A textless picture book in which mother and her two children go shopping at their local market, encountering a number of characters and creatures along the way.

Out of Print

This is a list of Manjula's Out of Print Books.

MOUSE INVADERS

Out of Print Books

Macmillan Childrens Books, 2004 (Author’s name on the cover: Manjula Padma). When a new threat looms over his friends, Arvee, the white laboratory mouse must find a way to save them all.

MOUSE ATTACK

Out of Print Books

Macmillan Childrens Books, 2003 (Author’s name on the cover: Manjula Padma). Arvee, a white laboratory mouse, finds friendship and adventure in his new life as a house pet.

HIDDEN FIRES

Out of Print Books

Seagull Books, 2003. Five short and provocative dramatic monologues about communal strife, identity and human dignity.

THIS IS SUKI!

Out of Print Books

Duckfoot Press, 2000 (out of print). A collection of SUKI cartoons from the pages of The Pioneer, New Delhi, mid-1990s.

GETTING THERE

Out of Print Books

Picador India, 1999 (first edition, Picador UK & India). A travel memoir, set in the mid ‘70s, when the author spent five months in Germany and Holland chasing weight loss, enlightenment and two men.

HARVEST

Out of Print Books

Kali for Women, 1998 (this edition out of print). The Onassis award willing play about selling organs, souls and human dignity in the global market place.

HOT DEATH, COLD SOUP

Out of Print Books

Kali for Women, 1996 (out of print). A collection of short stories, including A GOVERNMENT OF INDIA UNDERTAKING about a govt. department of reincarnation.