Our Team

Anil Bhansali

Marathon runner, avid classic Hindi movie fan, and fabulous host – Anil and his wife conceptualized Pustakaar when looking at their sons’ treasure trove of children’s books. When he is not busy making sure everyone else is taken care of, he can be found spending time at Microsoft. Anil’s favorite children’s book is Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Shobha Bhansali

The hostess with the most-ess, Shobha has been described by many as Anil’s other half. After working in the U.S., she left corporate America to study Montessori education practices. When she isn’t in the gym, she can be found in multiple book clubs, and enjoying her new found empty-nester life. Shobha’s favorite children’s book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

Uma Bathina

A people person, Uma started out her career in the world of words – Public Relations – and then jumped to figures with microfinance at Citibank. As the undisputed queen in her home of six males, she juggles several different duties and roles. Her favorite children’s book series is the St Clare’s series by Enid Blyton.

Karuna Koripella

Karuna always has her nose in a good book, or two, or three. A former AMS certified Montessori early childhood education facilitator, she has taught in the USA and Hyderabad. Growing up, her parents shared their love of books with her, and now she loves seeing her own two children wrapped up in a great story. Her favorite book is Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince.

Shruthi Hegde

A trained remedial teacher, Shruthi started at Pustakaar as a volunteer, and came onboard with teaching experience from an international school from Hyderabad. When she is not traveling all over India taking fabulous photographs, she enjoys quilling and paper craftwork. Her favourite children’s book is The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit.

Siva Ramkisan

Siva is the backbone of Pustakaar. Originally hailing from Odissa, he brings his natural service-centered enthusiasm to Pustakaar. A favorite with all of the children, Siva makes sure that the children get to take home books every week to share with their families. Siva’s favorite book is Tales from the Panchatantra.