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Hello. My name is Gauri.

I write and doodle my everyday.

It's mundane but it's all that I've got.

It helps me make sense of growing up.

No big words here, just plain old joy of writing and doodling for the child in me.

When I am not doing that, I am mostly devouring a children's picture book.

Either by reading them to my daughter or listening to her read them to me. 

You will find me picking children's books at the local library or daydreaming about my picture book with a hot cup of chāha (Indian tea made with cardamom, ginger, mint, tea masala, milk, tea leaves and sugar.)

Born and brought up in India and after 

working for a decade as a writer in the advertising industry

in three countries (JWT (India), LEO BURNETT/ARC WORLDWIDE (Malaysia), TBWA/HUNT/LASCARIS (South Africa),

I now live in Chicago with my husband and daughter.

RECENT WRITING RECOGNITION.

* Winner of the SCBWI (Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators) MANY VOICES PRIZE 2021, Illinois, USA.

https://illinois.scbwi.org/diversity-initiatives/2021-many-voices-prize/

* #PBPARTYFINALIST 2021 hosted by Mindy Alyse Weiss on Twitter.

https://mindyalyseweiss.com/pbparty-entry-4-what-will-the-pockets-carry/

* Winner of the Pratham Books Storyweaver Retell, Remix and Rejoice contest 2017, India.

https://storyweaver.org.in/stories/32247-my-aaji-has-a-tail

giddydalvi@gmail.com

Instagram - @giddymum @giddyshelfie

Twitter - @gauridalvi29