Shaila Karkera was born in Mumbai, India. She has a master’s degree in biochemistry and was a chemistry professor at the University of Mumbai before moving to Memphis, Tennessee, where she has lived with her husband, Mohan, and raised their two daughters. Shaila has a special interest in education and is involved with several nonprofit groups that serve women and children in Memphis. She has served as a director on the board of several organizations, including St. Mary’s Episcopal School, the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, Memphis in May International Festival, BRIDGES, and the National Civil Rights Museum. She cofounded the Indian Community Fund for Greater Memphis, which financed the installation of several educational and historical exhibits at the National Civil Rights Museum, the Children’s Museum of Memphis, and the Memphis Botanic Garden.
Partnering with Desh Seva Samiti and several other nonprofits, Shaila launched six preschools called Memphis-Mumbai Connect Schools in Mumbai to serve impoverished urban neighborhoods. At the time of this book’s publication, the schools serve 344 three- to six-year-olds. The proceeds of this book will go to support the Memphis-Mumbai Connect Schools, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, and other children’s charities.
Shaila loves to write, and this is her first children’s book.