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The Curious Case of the Nandikote Nawab

Nominated | Book Awards 2022 | Writings for Young Adults

The Curious Case of the Nandikote Nawab

What sinister mystery lay behind the disappearance of the Nawab’s royal property papers? The Nawab of Nandikote is visiting Banpuri, a mofussil railway town in central India, in order to finalise the sale of some of his lands. Mike and Theeq are holidaying with their friends Nik, Tara and Zee. A series of strange things begin to happen: a lurking stranger, a cryptic message, a midnight rendezvous, a military depot, the enigmatic Begum Syeda, a crumbling haveli In between enjoying their holiday, the friends undertake a bit of determined detective work, solving clues and laying a trap, only to uncover a monstrous plot. Will the children solve the mystery? Set in the backdrop of the Kargil conflict, this intriguing thriller will appeal to children and adults alike.

Full Title: The Curious Case of the Nandikote Nawab

Author: Tino de Sa
Publisher: Readomania

Award Category: Writings for Young Adults
About the Book: 

What sinister mystery lay behind the disappearance of the Nawab’s royal property papers? The Nawab of Nandikote is visiting Banpuri, a mofussil railway town in central India, in order to finalise the sale of some of his lands. Mike and Theeq are holidaying with their friends Nik, Tara and Zee. A series of strange things begin to happen: a lurking stranger, a cryptic message, a midnight rendezvous, a military depot, the enigmatic Begum Syeda, a crumbling haveli In between enjoying their holiday, the friends undertake a bit of determined detective work, solving clues and laying a trap, only to uncover a monstrous plot. Will the children solve the mystery? Set in the backdrop of the Kargil conflict, this intriguing thriller will appeal to children and adults alike.


About the Author: 

Tino de Sa grew up a thousand miles away from his ancestral island-village of Divar, Goa, in the dusty little central Indian railway town of Bhusaval, where his father ran a picture house and, off and on, was Mayor. He took degrees at St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai and then, as a Mason Fellow, at Harvard in the USA. He was selected to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1980. His varied assignments included a stint with the United Nations, and culminated in his being one of the longest serving Chief Secretaries of Madhya Pradesh. He has twice won the first prize in the Times of India ‘Write India’ national short story competition—in 2017 and again in 2019. Some of his poems have been included in anthologies of the Poetry Society of India and Delhi Poetree. He is the author of two collections of short stories, The Disrobing of Draupadi and Other Stories and One for Sorrow, Two for Joy; a third, The Day Nehru Died and Other Stories is due to be released shortly. This is his first novel for young adults. Tino de Sa is the nom de plume of Anthony de Sa.


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