Author : Reenita Malhotra Hora
MRP : ₹195
Pages : 205
Publisher : OM International
One Liner : A unique novel that shows us the life of a little boy named Arya, who’s always bullied by his peers and how he undergoes a journey that changes him permanently.
Cover : 4/5
Title : 3/5
Theme : 4/5
Characters : 4/5
Story : 4/5
Overall : 3.8/5
The book begins with a fun little episode of an Indian origin boy in San Francisco who is continuously bullied by his classmates because of his background and origin. His primary problems in life are facing a mean girl named Athena who calls him a goopeater, where what he actually eats is a “khichdi” or a special Indian dish that his mother, an Ayurvedic doctor makes for him. It isn’t that he doesn’t like the food, but the thing is that he doesn’t like bullied by everybody around. His secondary problem in life are “The Boys” – supposedly the coolest gang in neighborhood who called him terrible stuff like a terrorist or “Arya Bin Laden”. The major problem of peer pressure is shown here as Arya, a well mannered, cultured young lad does inapt activities like stealing things from departmental stores, just to look “cool” and join the gang.
His association with the gang gets deeper and deeper and he fundamentally changes his own nature. The only thing that does not change is his love for hearing stories from the Ramayana which his mother tells him every night. In an attempt to not spoil the story further for the readers, a tragic series of events occur which cause the death of his mother due to an accident.
This incident provides another shock in his life. His mother is strapped to life support, his father barely able to make ends meet with the hospital bills to be paid too. Soon, the doctor comes up with the imminent question. Should the plug to life support be pulled? There was no point in going on.
This impacted the little boy’s mind even more. He stopped attending schools and took to reading stories from the Ramayana for his mother, in an attempt to wake her up from her coma. This story was so wonderfully crafted that I could tell you every tiny detail of the story but that would spoil the story. In the end, it so happens that Arya, undergoes a transformational journey in his mind that changes him. He finally overcomes his own demons lurking within him, the Ravana within him.
This is an exceptionally written story with very simple use of language the adventure in the imaginary lands of Ramanaya where Arya defeats his own ten headed Ravana.
I truthfully found nothing to be disappointed about.
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