UK-based children’s writer grew up in Virugambakkam

chitrasoundar-1Chitra Soundar grew up in State Bank Colony, Second Street in the 70s. Now she is is here for the launch of a new book ; she writes for children.

She studied in Vadapalani English School (now Karthikeyan Matriculation) and then in the newly opened PSBB K K Nagar. While her parents still live in the same house almost 35 years later, Chitra moved in 1999 to Singapore and she is now settled in the UK.

Being brought up by her grandmother and mother who both loved stories, Chitra was always interested in stories and books. She won the Best Storytelling prize when she was seven. She won the Best Poetry Award in Junior College.

During her first year as an under-graduate, Chitra entered an essay in Tamil, on the state of education in India. Her essay won the first prize in the all-state competition. started writing books for young people from 2003 and now has published over 20 books in many countries including India, Singapore, US and the UK. Her books have been translated into Mandarin and Urdu too.

Her books from India include “Where is Gola’s Home?” and “Balu’s Basket” from Tulika Books, Chennai. You can find out more about all about Chitra’s books at Chitra is visiting Chennai this April for a special reason. Her first book in the series Farmer Falgu is being launched on (27th April).by the publishers, Kardai Tales. ‘Farmer Falgu Goes on a Trip’ is a book for 3-6 year olds who love animals, noisy songs and dance.

The story is told with quiet wisdom and would resonate with youngsters and adults alike, says the writer. The book has been illustrated by Kanika Nair with an unusual and striking style.

Chitra’s blog is at – Her e-mail is –

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