Radhika Menon’s deep interest in children and their reading inspired her to set up Tulika Publishers in 1996. Her publishing philosophy is underlined by the belief that translating across different languages gives voice and image to cultural diversity in a way publishing in one language does not. Fifteen years and around 1000 titles later, Tulika is regarded as the benchmark of children’s publishing in India, producing books in nine languages – English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati and Bangla. A hands-on publisher, Radhika is closely involved with the visualising, editing, designing and marketing of all Tulika books.
In 2000, she started the first exclusive children’s bookstore in India – Goodbooks – which she ran successfully for over five years. The Goodbooks Trust continues to advise in the setting up libraries and reading programmes. Radhika is part of the team that is setting up a website for children’s books – again a first of its kind resource on childrens’ books – which will carry reviews as well as archival articles and reviews from the 1970s. She has been on various committees of the National Book Trust and NCERT, New Delhi, and on the advisory panel of Anveshi, Hyderabad for its project Different Tales: Stories from Marginal Cultures. Currently, she is on the advisory committee of Eklavya’s publishing programme and of their proposed Children’s Literature Centre in Bhopal.