Title: When Arya Fell Through The Fault
Author: Reenita Malhotra Hora
Publisher: OM BOOKS INTERNATIONAL
How long it took me to read: 6 Hours
Plot Summary (Back Cover): When Arya Fell Through the Fault is the magical, coming-of-age tale of Arya, a 12-year-old boy from San Francisco, who is ridiculed by bullies. Anything 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 king—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?
My Thoughts: A fantastic novel for children with a blend of reality, fiction & mythical background that I read in a long time! It is a book about a 12 year old boy’s life, his troubles & thoughts are reflected through each page with precise details. I was intrigued by the book while reading it’s prologue and knew in an instant that I will have it on my bookshelf for sure (how I wish it happens with every book so I know where to invest my time reading in, however, unfortunately that is not the case with every book). It starts with a dream and that is where all the adventures & action take place.I simply love how the author has played beautifully with words and written an adventurous story-line on struggle, culture, roots & teachings of Ramayana. A story so well connected and reasoned, I don’t think there was a scope of picking out a mistake.
While reading, I felt that the character sketch is a little hazy as the story proceeds in another world. But then I remembered some of my own dreams and everything fell perfectly into place. *not in the fault*
As said by Albus Dumbledore, ” For in dreams, we enter a world that is entirely our own. Let him swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud” – Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling)
My Favourite parts in the book:
“Quell your inner inflammation and you will find Ram. Control your mind and you will find Hanuman.”
“Only when you race against time do you stand the chance of loosing. Slow Down. It’s the only way you will find what you need, somewhere in time.”
Going to stay on my Bookshelf? Yes. I would love to read this book again unfailingly. Highly recommended to anyone who has had any interest in Ramayan at all.
A little 200 page book was all that I needed to refresh my mind during a crazy week long Read-a-thon!