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When she was eight, Samhita Arni started writing and illustrating her first book. The Mahabharata - A Child's View went on to be published in seven language editions and sell 50,000 copies worldwide, winning the Elsa Morante Literary Award, and receiving commendations from the German Academy for Youth Literature and Media and The Spanish Ministry of Culture.

Samhita's second book, Sita's Ramayana, a graphic novel developed in collaboration with Patua artist Moyna Chitrakar, was on the New York Times Bestseller list for Graphic Novels. Elle Magazine named Arni as one of twenty young upcoming South Asian writers to watch out for.

Her third book, The Missing Queen, has been published by Penguin (Viking) and Zubaan. Samhita's fourth book, The Prince, will be published by Juggernaut at the end of this year.

​ Samhita has written for publications such as Nat Geo Traveller, The Caravan, Amica (Italy), Mint Lounge and The Indian Express, in addition to being a regular columnist for The Hindu and the Bangalore Mirror. She worked on the screenplay for the feature film 'Good Morning Karachi' and was head scriptwriter for the first season of 'The Defenders', a TV series produced by Tolo TV in Kabul, Afghanistan.
She currently teaches at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology.