And as always, the room is brightened up by plants! You can even see a lovely money plant creeping up at the end of the window.
At the far end, right in front of the large window that faces the streets of Chennai, is our modest library of children’s books from around the world. We’re all big readers at our office and you’ll find books piled up on every desk and inside every cabin!
The glass doors and walls, offset by the wooden panels, make for great ventilation, lighting and an all-round cheerful effect. Of course, the office is filled with people all day long and you’ll never see it quite as empty as in these pictures! It’s noisy too – with music from the stereo, ring tones from various phones and people jabbering away constantly about something or the other.
In one little corner, you’ll find a giant handmade black book. That’s the Karadi Tales ‘Idea Book’. When anyone in our team has an idea for a book or a product, all they have to do is write it down in the idea book. The idea book is reviewed by the editorial department on a regular basis – and there’s always room for more ideas in Karadi Tales!
The largest cabin is the conference room. Airy and well-equipped with fancy projectors and other complicated apparatus that many of us simply cannot fathom, the conference room doubles up as a general meeting point for a quick snack as well! The kettle by the window is useful for making a quick cup of tea or coffee on a drowsy day.
Every morning, our elusive chai-wallah pops into the office, inevitably late, and twenty sleepy faces look up joyfully at him. ‘Why late today, Vinod?’ we ask. He simply smiles his sage smile, hands over our ceramic cups of chai / kaapi and disappears as suddenly as he arrived.
You should know that food and drink are extremely popular at our office. If you bring us food, we’ll love you forever. Yes, forever.
So the next time you’re in the area, feel free to pop into our Chennai office to pick up a book or a DVD from us and say hello to our team! We won’t say no if you pass around some samosas and cake either!
More pictures here!
* Photographs taken by our bright intern from NIFT Delhi, Isha Nagar