The taranaut series is a wonderful set of 8 books written by the very charming Roopa Pai.
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!!