My Trip to La-La Land

Author: Nandita da Cunha
Illustrator: Tasneem Amiruddin
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9789354895951
Year Published: 2022
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size & Weight: 22 x 14 x 0.5 cm, 192 gm
Country: India



Nine-year-old Tavishi is dragged by her mother to set up a library in a faraway mountain school in Ladakh. That’s when the disasters start piling up…
A lurking grey ‘ghost’; Treks across ‘moonscapes’ with donkeys;
And a bad start with the teacher’s daughter Tashi!
She has to get back NOW.
Then, Tavishi’s super-active imagination lands her and Tashi in trouble.
Can that same imagination get them out?
Read Tavishi’s travel diary to find out…

A laugh-out-loud story of friendship and adventure, annoying moms, and new beginnings…
Includes photos that give you a peek into the culture and landscape of La-la Land – the glorious mountainous region of Ladakh!

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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