Tuesday, 5 July 2016

When Arya fell through the fault by Reenita Malhotra Hora: a review

Arya, Raavan, Rama, Ramayana, Fault EVERYTHING has been described so wonderfully in the cover that I cannot get my eyes off the cover. Animated, striking colors, "3D", this cover has  very elements in it to make the readers divert their attention towards it. For all kinds of readers, I'm sure that once you have a look at the cover, even the children would want to read it and why not? This is such a smooth read that anybody can read it and like it equally. The cherry on the cake for me was the blurb of the book. So, here is the blurb for you.

According to the blurb- When Arya Fell Through the Fault is the magical, coming-of-age take of Arya, a twelve year old boy from San Francisco, who is ridiculed by bullies. Another to do with his ethnicity- food, traditions or the fascinating mythological stories he has been raised with- has become the building block of unpleasant school experiences. In the wake of an accident that confines his once vibrant mother to a hospital ward- kept alive by tubes and machines- Arya clings to the only remnant of their bond: an old, battered copy of the Ramayana, India's ancient epic story of Rama's battle against demons. One night, Arya falls through a fault in the earth into the Wild Woods, where Ravana- the demon long-term strategises to destroy his Ramayana- the last copy left- and threatens to rewrite history from his evil perspective. Will Arya be able to save the story of Rama, heal his mother and return home to tackle the demons in his ordinary world?

Quite a big blurb to say the least but I would like to take it from where the blurb ends. Will Arya be able to do what he is supposed to do? That is what the book talks about when I can give it in writing that the book doesn't disappoint at all. All you can do when you open the book is fall in love with the words of the book. They are wonderful to say the least.

As far as the writing style is concerned, such is the flow that you are bound to go with the flow that that book has to offer you. The whole book has something to tell you and along with that, it will give you a pleasant smile throughout the reading time. Speaking of the characters, I love how Reenita has brought to life all the characters (even the vanaras), Raavan, demons, Arya, bullies, Arya's mother and father.

Every character has their distinct characteristic and every character has their special designated role to play. Now, the story. Every part of the story was so conveniently placed that it was a very easy read. You would not have any hiccups. You go back to the days when you were told the story of the Ramayana and that makes this book special. It touches the heart of the children who don't know anything about the epic story and also the people who know about the story.

In such a beautifully blended story, I have a complain. The book is too convenient. I wanted more drama in the book. Even though it is a Young Adult book, it ends up being a children's book. More drama could've attracted the YA audience more than what it would actually do. Apart from that. If I am to speak of the cons of the book then I can say that there weren't much. It was only that the book needed more drama. Apart from that, the book stays with you for a long time and that's what makes the book worth it. For me, the book is a 4 out of 5. Waiting for more from the authoress in the future.

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