Greystroke (aka Shyam Madhavan Sarada) is a self-taught artist who has been drawing ‘ever since he can remember’. He has been a writer and illustrator of children’s books and stories for over 25 years, and began his professional illustrator’s career as the cartoonist for the erstwhile literary review magazine Indian Review of Books in 1995. Since then, his work has been published by leading publishers, including Tulika, Penguin, Hachette, Pratham Books, Tara, Karadi Tales, Macmillan, Pages4ages, Khaleej Times, and most recently, 1InchMargin, a publishing house he co-founded in 2020.
His book Wailers Three, published by Pratham Books, is a CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) recommended reader for English for Kendriya Vidyalayas. A brief bibliography of his can be found on Goodreads. He is also the art director for Melting Pot, a content & design house, and was part of the team behind the award-winning Mahindra newsletter, “Skyline”. He also served as the art director for the children’s magazines CHATTERBOX, QUEST, JUNIOR QUEST, HOOT and TOOT, between 1999 and 2013, for which he has illustrated over 250 stories and written several.
In addition to his work in publishing, he is also a photographer and independent filmmaker. A brief filmography can be found on IMDB. His recent work includes producing author/illustrator interviews for literary review site www.goodbooks.in, in association with the Parag Trust, several of which can be found on Youtube.
Apart from the above, he is a storyteller, a founder-partner at Funky Rainbow, a leading retailer of Indian children’s books, runs a publishing house called 1InchMargin, and is currently developing a technology product for the publishing industry.