The Magic Of The Dazl Corals – Launched!

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Hey earthkins!

First of all, sorry this update is so late. But here’s what happened between our last post and this one – a MOST MASTASTIC Taranautty Party at Bangalore’s brilliant RSI Club to launch the last book of our adventures – The Magic of the Dazl Corals!

taranutsThere were LOADS of earthkins, most of them loyal fans just like you (like Taranut ‘Tufan’ Nachiketa and Taranut Nayana in the picture – Nayana came all the way from Bombay just for the party!), who’d been cheering us on through all our previous seven adventures – starting with The Quest for the Shyn Emeralds, and right on through The Riddle of the Lustr Sapphires, The Secret of the Sparkl Amethysts, The Race for the Glo Rubies, The Mystery of the Syntilla Silvers, The Key to the Shimr Citrines, and The Search for the Glytr Turquoises.

At the launch, there were EIGHT (well, duh!) riddles and puzzles for earthkin teams from each of Mithya’s eight worlds to crack, including a giant jigsaw puzzle of the cover of Book 8, Makky’s Smellathon (or was it stinky Tufan’s?), Zarpa’s Limbo Contest, a Bel Nolo Challenge, and LOTS more. There was plenty to eat and drink – the three of us loved all the earth food, especially the samosas (because they reminded us so much of our samchoris from back home!).

And then there were back-presents (all of them BOOKS!) for every single excited earthkin who came to the party!

We really really missed all of you who couldn’t make it. But you can still be part of what happened there by enjoying some of the pictures by clicking here.

Oh, and just because our adventures are all done, don’t think we will forget all about you guys. We’ll be back from time to time, with contests, and games, and news, and lots of other stuff. Keep writing in to us about YOUR adventures now, because we LOVE hearing from you!

Bye for now!

Taranaut Zvala

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Eeeeeee! Two weeks to the launch of Book 8!

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Hey Earthkins!

DAZL CORALS COVER

It’s here – FINALLY!!! The SERIES-ENDING EIGHTH BOOK of our adventures – THE MAGIC OF THE DAZL CORALS!

If you are a Tara-NUT who lives in Bangalore, you can be part of a mastastic, fun-filled, riddle-cracking, puzzle-solving, game-playing, eating-drinking launch partayyyy between 11 am and 1 pm on Saturday, 20th July at RSI, Bangalore!!! And – eeeeeeeeee! – there are cool return gifts for everyone!

You can register by filling this form Bookalore ~ July 2013 ~ The Great Star Chase – Registration

Or by sending email with participants’ names and ages to bookalore@gmail.com.

For directions to the venue, click here – RSI MG Road

Entry by Gate No 4 (Opposite Mayo Hall)

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Taranauts - The Dazl Corals Launch Party!

Oh, and IF YOU DON’T LIVE IN BANGALORE but still want to order a copy of Book 8 before anyone else does, write to taranauts@gmail.com with your name, address, contact number, and the number of copies you are wanting, and we will send them across to you at zipspeed!

Taranauts Zarpa, Zvala and Tufan

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Woohoo! We have the ‘Build-A-Taranaut Contest’ Winners!!!

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Hey earthkins!

We asked you to Build A Taranaut, and we were swamped! Every single entry was wonderfully conceived, and used all kinds of materials – both everyday and exotic – to build characters from the Taranauts books. Some even decided to create their own new Taranauts! That’s why the jury took almost half a month longer to sift through all of them and declare a Grand Prize Winner.

But at long last, they did. And here – Tan-Tan-Taraa!!! – are the results.

The SUPER-JACKPOT GRAND-PRIZE WINNER for the MOST MASTASTICALLY BUILT Taranautty character is…

THE KOKONUTTY KURMOISE!

Created by Anahita Arun, 9 earth octons, St Gregorios High School, Chembur, Mumbai.

kurmoise1 by Anahita kurmoise2 by Anahita

Anahita writes:
I have made a bio-degradable Kurmoise swimming on a blue lake with lots of snowy ice on it.

  • Beak – Jackfruit Chips
  • Legs – Garlic cloves
  • Shell – Coconut (painted white and decorated with glass)
  • Head – Taro Root (Arbi)
  • Ears – Paper
  • Tail – Red Chilli
  • Blue Lake – Paper
  • Snowy ice – Cotton

Hope you like him.

Anahita, we don’t just like him, we LOVE him! Congratulations!

To see other entries we LOVED (all of them get prizes, too), go to the Contests page! Congratulations to all the winners – your prizes should reach you by the first week of March! And of course, ALL YOUR NAMES will appear in the last and final book of the Taranauts series – Book 8: The Magic of the Dazl Corals – due out in June 2013!

To those whose entries did not win, don’t feel too bad. Whatever the jury decided, we can tell you this for sure – the three of US really loved what you created.

Till next time,

Taranauts Zvala, Zarpa and Tufan

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Stop Press: Build A Taranaut Contest Results Delayed!

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Sorry, sorry, sorry, earthkins, but we received so many wonderful entries to the Build A Taranaut Contest from all over India that our jury is still wondering which one to pick as the Grand Prize Winner! We love ALL of them, so we’re not helping either. But here’s the good part – the jury has promised to put their heads together one last time on Friday evening to make that EXTREMELY DIFFICULT decision. We’ll let you know as soon as they let us know, by the evening of Saturday the 9th latest LATEST!

Apologies again – you just need to hold your breaths for a leeeeetle bit longer. :)

Talk to you Saturday!

- Taranauts Zarpa, Zvala and Tufan

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Announcing – The Great ‘BUILD A TARANAUT’ Contest!

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It’s time to get crafty! The next book in your favourite series – Taranauts: The Magic of the Dazl Corals – is due out in May 2013! If you want to be part of the mastastic eighth and final DAZL CORALS COVERbook, Do.Not.Forget. to take part in the Build A Taranaut contest. All winners will not only get super prizes, their names will also appear in the book!

I WANT TO TAKE PART! WHAT SHOULD I DO?

All you have to do is what the contest line says – you have to BUILD A TARANAUT! Actually, you don’t have to stick with Zarpa, Zvala and Tufan, you can build ANY CHARACTER you like from the Taranauts series.

  • Build your character using play dough, cookie dough, clay, cloth and leather bits, chocolate cake, wire, bamboo, recycled plastic, flower petals, dals and nuts, cottonwool, vegetable peels, beads, slices of fruit, bangle bits, rangoli powder, any combination of these, or ANY other material that comes to mind. (Remember it cannot be a drawing or painting – although a collage works).
  • If you want to, you can even build a background for your character, using ideas from the Taranauts books – Emperaza Shoon Ya’s palace, the Magmalift, a Bel Nolo stadium, anything you like!
  • Take a photograph of your creation and email it to us at: taranauts@gmail.com. Or put the photograph into an envelope and mail it to: Build-A-Taranaut Contest, Hachette India, 4th- 5th Floors, Corporate Centre, Plot 94, Sector 44, Gurgaon, Haryana 122003.
  • Make sure you include your name, age, school, full postal address, and a contact number, preferably a cellphone number.
  • Here’s the best part – YOU CAN EVEN TAKE PART AS A TEAM! Just include ALL team-members’ names and details.
  • Send your entry to us LATEST by January 13, 2013. Then cross your fingers and wait for the results to be announced on February 1, 2013 on www. taranauts.com. Oh, you can also check out a couple of sample Build-A-Taranaut entries below.
  • Makky and cheese! And dals, and banana, and red chillies, and olives, and beans...

    Makky and cheese! And dals, and banana, and red chillies, and olives, and beans...

  • Tufan - embroidered on a Taranaut fan's pillow!

    Tufan - embroidered on a Taranaut fan's pillow!

  • Zvala- embroidered on the Tufan fan's twin sister's pillow!

    Zvala- embroidered on the Tufan fan's twin sister's pillow!

  • Now what are you waiting for? Hurry up and get building!

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Eeeeeeeeee! Mums have nice things to say about our books!

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So in the last couple of weeks, our author Roopa Pai has been receiving some mastastic mails from mums. She, and all three of us here in Mithya, were so thrilled that we felt we must share some of them with you all. Here’s what three mums had to say…

Sorry for popping in unasked like this – but I had to reach out since your Taranauts books have become such a BIG part of our lives since October, when my 8-year-old daughter Nayana was gifted a couple of your books by a friend.

We live in Mumbai. Nayana is in love with the whole Taranauts series and from dusshera this year upto divali, has finished all the books available, and is eagerly awaiting the next title. I’m writing to you because she woke up this morning saying she had a Taranauts dream, where she had dreamt herself into one of the stories. I began writing this just as she was bending my ears with more Taranauts trivia. She really enjoys the Indian compound words you’ve worked in, like gadhasses, emperaza, makdiboochi, etc.

The words are really smart and I think more importantly, they make kids look towards our languages for a sense of cool as well! My kid’s a voracious reader, and I’m always worried that while she’s soaking in Western books, Indian fiction for her age mostly leaves her cold. So now that she’s discovered Taranauts, I’m thrilled!

  • Anita Vachharajani, children’s writer, Mumbai


It was a pleasure meeting you the other day at Bookaroo (For those who don’t know, Bookaroo is a big FUN party JUST FOR EARTHKINS that happens in Delhi every earth octon, where earthkins can meet their favourite authors and buy their favourite books. This time, it happened on the 24th and 25th of November, 2012 – Zarpa)

And my fan son – 9-year-old Veer – returned the next day again I understand for your session!

Thank you for adding so much magic and joy to Veer’s life.

  • Puneeta Khanna, Delhi


I am slightly older than your target reader (I’m 38 years old, to be precise) and I love your Taranauts series. I got it for my 8 yr old daughter and ended up getting hooked onto it!

I love the fact that it has a distinct Indian sensibility! I love that it is set in a completely new world, with new rules, new types of names with quite funnily the same personality quirks we see on “earth” – the reactions / behaviour of the aqua-auto drivers reminds me of bangalore / chennai auto drivers!!

It is a pleasure to read well written, English books for children by Indian authors set in a fantastic new setting!!

All the best – looking forward to many, many more books by you.

  • Malavika Arun, Mumbai

Do YOU have anything YOU want to say about the Taranauts books? Leave a comment below or write to us at taranauts@gmail.com! Thanks!

- Taranauts Zvala, Zarpa and Tufan

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Heeeeeeere’s Book 7! Yippee Yay! Yippee Doo!

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Eeeeeeee! We can’t believe it, but Book 7 – The Search for the Glytr Turquoises – is now out! It will take a few days for the book to reach the stores, but we thought we’d give you a sneak peek here first. Here goes.

Join the intrepid Taranauts on their most formidable mission as the action shifts into high gear on Glytr’s Terror Trail!


Six times, your favourite mithyakins have been stretched to the limit, and six times – undaunted by mind-boggling riddles, monsters and mayhem – the Taranauts have returned successful. NowGLYTR TURQUOISES upload they are headed for the razzle-dazzle of Glytr’s capital city, Boom Bolly Bay, where, unknown to them, Shaap Azur has changed the rules of the terror game.

Can the Taranauts save a hazillion unsuspecting Glytrkos from ‘bubbling, burbling death’? Will Zarpa succeed in preventing a terrible tragedy at the BelNolo Inter-world Cup Final? Where in the world is Max Moolah, the 15-octon-old heir to BBBay’s biggest fortune?

Will the Turquoises shine down on Glytr again?  Read the book to find out!

Ooooh! Does that sound exciting or what? Does that sound EXACTLY like the kind of book you’d want to gift to yourself this Christmas? If you said yes, here’s how you can get your own copy – BEFORE ANYONE ELSE DOES! Just write in to taranauts@gmail.com – it’s that simple! What’s more, your copy will be autographed by the author, and will include a couple of little surprises inside as well!

So go on, order your copy, read the book, and send us feedback! We promise we will publish your reviews right here, on this very website!


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Thrisha Praveen interviews Roopa Pai!

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Guess who came visiting two weeks ago, all the way from San Jose, California? A 9-year-old earthkin fan called Thrisha Praveen! Her mom wrote in to  our author, Roopa Pai, and asked if Thrisha could please, please meet her, because she was such a BIG fan of our adventures. Roopa is always delighted to meet earthkins, so she agreed happily. The meeting happened at a popular ice-cream parlour in Bangalore, and while they gorged on ice-cream, Thrisha also asked Roopa all the questions she had been dying to ask her ever since she read our first adventure.

Want to read the whole interview? Want to know Roopa’s answers to questions like ‘Who is your favourite character in the Taranauts books?’ ‘Do you like Dana Suntan’s music better or the Lustr Blasters’?’ ‘Do Zvala, Zarpa and Tufan mean anything?’ ? Yes? Then go straight to my page!

Oh, oh, oh, before you go, I must must must share this with you! Thrisha just finished reading our sixth adventure – The Key to the Shimr Citrines! Here’s what she had to say about it:

‘The Key to the Shimr Citrines’ is a mixture of humor, action and nail biting suspense. Its a real page turner, with a quirky twist! On the whole a delight to read. I can’t wait for the next book!’

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Till next time,

Taranaut Zvala

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And then there were SIX!

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Yayyyy! Book No 6 in your favourite fantasy-adventure series for earthkins – Taranauts – is here! Want a sneak peek into what happens in The Key to the Shimr Citrines? Read on! (Psst! This is from the back cover of the book)

Shimr CitrinesSlipslide away with the Taranauts into the deep dark heart of Shimr – and into their most dangerous mission yet!

Mithya’s eight worlds – Shyn, Lustr, Sparkl, Glo, Dazl, Shimr, Syntilla and Glytr – were plunged into darkness when the wicked Shaap Azur captured all its 32 stars. There was no hope until Zarpa, Tufan and Zvala – three bright and brave Taranauts with special gifts – set out to bring back light and cheer to Mithya.

After five successful missions – each of which has tested their wits, courage, and team spirit – the Taranauts head for the blazing hot world of Shimr in search of the golden Citrines. Meanwhile, determined to stop them, a brand new army of Mithya’s Most Ruthless goes into full combat mode.

Can Tufan survive the oxdrogen-deprived darkness of the underground city of Oop R’Ville? Will all three Taranauts make it safely through the deadly Bhoolabyrinth? What is the secret of the Drip-Trip Cave? And how in Kay Laas will they tackle the most unexpected problem of them all – mithyakos who don’t want their stars rescued?

Will the Citrines return to Tara? Read and find out!


Ooooh! Does that sound exciting or what? Does that sound EXACTLY like the kind of book you’d want to curl up with when it is all wet and rainy outside? If you said yes, here’s how you can get your own copy – BEFORE ANYONE ELSE DOES! Just write in to taranauts@gmail.com – it’s that simple! What’s more, your copy will be autographed by the author, and will include a couple of little surprises inside as well!

So go on, order your copy, read the book, and send us feedback! We promise we will publish your reviews right here, on this very website!

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And the winner of the Draw A Kolaverobot contest is…

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Heya earthkins!

So if you remember, for our super-duper, never-before-never-again Great Taranauts Contest No 4 last month, we asked you to do something we had NEVER asked you to before. (Don’t remember? You can refresh your memory by watching the contest video here. )

This time, we didn’t ask you to come up with a word. We didn’t ask you to come up with a name. We didn’t ask you to WRITE anything at all. We asked you, instead, to DRAWMAGINE something. What, you ask?  A. Very. Scary. Armed-And-Dangerous.Very-Murderous. Machine called a… yes! A KOLAVEROBOT!

SO many of you sent in SO many lovely entries from all over India (and a couple of you even sent in drawings from all the way in the USA!), that it was a really, really tough job for Priya Kuriyan, our illustrator, to pick the winning one. But in the end, after a LOT of wondering and contemplating and worrying and nail-biting, she did. She also picked 10 RUNNERS UP – you can see their names and Killer K-Bots here.

But the SUPER JACKPOT WINNER – the KOOLEST, KILLER-EST K-BOT of them all – is THE TRIOVEROBOT!

winning K-Bot

winning K-Bot 1


Congratulations to 9-year-old Gia Kapoor of Step by Step School, Amritsar, for creating this fabulous, spine-chilling K-Bot. In Book 6 – Taranauts: The Key to the Shimr Citrines, Priya will use Gia’s K-Bot as her inspiration – make sure to take a look when it hits the stores in July 2012!

Taranauts Zarpa, Zvala and Tufan

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