A Bite Before Christmas

Author: Nandita da Cunha
Illustrator: Swarnavo Datta
Publisher: Karadi Tales
ISBN: 9789391790769
Year Published: 2023
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 28
Size & Weight: 28 x 20 x 0.5 cm, 192 gm
Country: India




In the weeks before Christmas, Mom lovingly crafts twelve jumbo marzipans, each a sugary masterpiece. Not to be eaten until Christmas Eve, she puts them away in a tin. But when Kyra and Grandpa playfully mix up their tasks, mischief ensues.

Nandita da Cunha writes a wondrous story of the whimsical chaos of Christmas, enfolded in the bright illustrations by Swarnavo Datta.


Nandita da Cunha is an award-winning children’s author based in Mumbai. After her MBA at XLRI, Jamshedpur, she worked as a strategy consultant with Arthur Andersen and then KPMG, before moving on to what makes her happiest – writing!

​She has written picture books, short stories and chapter books, including ’The Miracle on Sunderbaag Street’, ‘Pedru and the Big Boom’, ‘’Who Clicked that Pic’. ‘My Trip to La La Land’, and ‘Just like Papa’. She has shared these stories in sessions at schools and litfests across the country.  Her books have been on the Parag Honour Lists (2021 and 2023), and won awards such as the Neev Book Award, and the FICCI Publishing Special Jury Award.

​She was among 14 playwrights selected to attend the fourth edition of the Writer’s Bloc playwriting program, conducted by the Royal Court theatre, London, in collaboration with Rage Theatre, Mumbai. A staged reading of her play ‘The Pacman Pill’ was held at Prithvi House, Mumbai.

She is also a pianist and is a Licentiate from the Trinity College of Music, London. When she’s not writing, she can be found making music on her piano, reading or gardening.

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