Sunila Gupte is the author of two children's books, From Pumpkins to Pickles and Quest for the Quetzal Feather. Her short stories for children have frequently featured in The Hindu and Deccan Herald, and she has written for The Indian Express, Sanctuary Cub and Children's World. Sunila has taught English and French for many years, and has worked for The Times of India's Newspaper in Education (NIE). Currently, she lives in Bangalore.
The year is 2500 BC: four high-spirited girls and boys‰ÛÓKartik, Xerxes, Namami, and Kaveri‰ÛÓhave set off from their home in Anantpur for the auspicious Surya Mela in Lothal, a port town in Meluhha (Bharat). But on the way a daring robbery takes place‰ÛÓsacred treasures are stolen from Mohenjo-daro‰۪s temple, including the famous dancing girl statue‰ÛÓand soon, they are caught up in its coils. Then in the city, they meet thirteen year old Amu Darya‰ÛÓa boy from faraway Mesopotamia, a world utterly different from theirs. He is in search of his missing father, last seen in this part of the Indus Valley. The five become fast friends, and band together when they become entangled with forces much darker than they expected. Will the fearless fivesome succeed in foiling evil plans and upholding the honour of Mohenjo-daro?
An amazing tale full of white parrots, elephant rides, river caravans, and secret maps, The Adventure of the Missing Dancing Girl is a glorious children‰۪s story set in the time of the Indus Valley Civilization.