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Nandita da Cunha
is a management consultant from Mumbai. She
graduated from XLRI Jamshedpur, and enjoys travelling and reading when time permits. She is also a pianist. Her first novel, The Magic of Maya, was written when she was 24.
- The Magic of Maya
Rupa & Co,, India. (2007)
- Seven leaps across seven skies.
And before she knows it, ten year old Tara, daughter of a fisherman, is spirited away from her village one peaceful morning, by a magical singing scarf, to the musical wonderland Maya - collage of three brightly coloured lands; Rizenglow the cheerful yellow State inhabited by the singing Flattes and Sharpes, Ritmo, the energetic red State, home to the dancing Ritmos and Offbeats, and Cian the watery blue State populated by Jumbles such as the Sea-Sirens and the Ciantists.
But no sooner does she land, than she is thrown headlong into a crisis that threatens inhabitants of both Maya and her village, Govan The autocratic ‘Destroyer’ is looking to seize power over Maya by taking control over its musical underground pipes that carry music right upto the consciousness of all Mayans.
All of a sudden, Tara finds herself an active part of a quest to travel across Maya to collect ingredients for a spell that would save the musical pipes of Maya and those she loves back home in Govan, her only companions being the cheeky singing scarf, Pallat, a lazy Flatte named Dholakia, and the dancing prince of Ritmo, Tal.
The novel is filled with snatches of songs of the musical Mayans, and moves back and forth between the picturesque village of Govan on Earth and the wonderland of Maya.
- Tara in Wonderland. Review in the Pioneer.
- Dream World. Review in the Deccan Herald.
- Review in Westside Plus
- Interview in DNA
South Asian Women authors