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198 x 129mm


96 pages

Pub Date

Sep 7, 2023



Age 5+

Nikhil and Jay: Off to India

By Chitra Soundar
Illustrated by Soofiya

Nikhil and Jay visit India in this third book in the sparkling Early Reader series about a British Asian family

Nikhil and Jay and Amma and Appa are off to India for the Christmas holidays to visit Chennai Granny and Grandad. In Grandad’s garden they are excited to see parrots and Chennai squirrels, a mango tree and a coconut tree. One day they go to the beach, play in the big waves and eat Granny’s Indian savoury snacks. The boys have their first Chennai Christmas, with mango-leaf decorations, Indian sweets for Father Christmas, a basket of beautiful Indian wooden toys – and a special Christmas star. And last but not least, the family see in the New Year the Indian way. They make a Welcome poster, Granny lights a lamp at midnight and they all eat Granny’s delicious Kesala as an Indian New Year treat.

This third book in the Nikhil and Jay series is perfect for children moving on from picture books to longer stories, helped by Soofiya’s lively and characterful illustrations.



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Soofiya's design practice centres around illustration, visual identity and book design, with most clients tending to be in the arts, cultural and activist sector. Soofiya's art practice and writings aim to articulate a commentary on gender, race, politics and bodies through a DIY and therapeutically informed approach.

Part of Soofiya's practice includes lecturing and work in HE as an educator and , Soof is a visiting lecturer at Ravensbourne and Brighton University.

Currently Soofiya is a Teaching Fellow in Digital Design Foundations at The Institute of Creativity and Innovation in China in partnership with Xiamen University and UCA

Soofiya delivers visiting lectures across the UK in museums, galleries and universities, part of their work includes consultancy and corporate facilitation

Soofiya's writing has been in a handful of books, including Can We All Be Feminists published internationally as well as independent magazines and newspapers both online and in print.

Chitra Soundar


Chitra Soundar is an Indian-born British writer, based in London. Chitra grew up on a wholesome diet of stories from Indian myths and epics. Chitra has written over 20 books for children and many of her stories are set in India. She regularly goes into schools to tell stories and conduct workshops.


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