Somewhere in time
That’s the sentence etched into my mind after reading this book. There is has been multiple attempts by various authors to bring the greatest Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharat to the children of the modern days. By far this is the best one I
By far this is the best one I have read. So without further ado here comes: When Arya Fell Through Fault.
Name: When Arya Fell Through The Fault (Click on the link to buy)
Author: Reenita Malhotra Hora
Publishers: Om Books International
Description of When Arya Fell Through The Fault:
This is a coming-of-age story of a 12-year-old Indian-American Arya. He loves the stories that his mother tells him, taking him into the mystic lands of Ramayana. However, being on the other end of cultural confusion and not able to fit in with people, He starts hating his origin and tries to avoid it.
Little did he know that life would eventually catch up and make him repent his mistakes, one-by-one.
When one punishment ends up taking the most precious thing in his life away from him, he is wrecked and somehow fate intervenes and takes him on an unbelievable journey.
The journey shows his life in a mirror, his achievements, and his darkest deeds. The solution is presented o him to save the one thing that matters to him the most. Will he take it? Or will he not?
My Take on When Arya Fell Through The Fault:
First I thought that this is a children’s book and had a small let down when I realized that the protagonist-Arya is a brat and too childish for my liking.
However, after a little thought on the book, I understood that maybe growing up away from home where you live the stories, leaves you hollow.
I was one of the most fortunate people, who grew up listening to the laurels of Lord Rama and mischiefs of Lord Krishna. Thank God for that!
Coming back to the book, the beginning chapters are written very well, more relatable to children rather than adults. Being 20 and reading a book for 12-year-old may have made me feel little awkward.
That feeling didn’t last long,
Because the author gives twists that anyone of any age can relate to and understand. The story becomes more interesting and amazing with each turn of the page.
The Best part is
The conclusion. Nothing can be as amazing as that. After reading it I was like “How can the Author make something so sad the happiest moment in the book??”
It is such a beautiful ending that I must have read it around five times just to relive the emotions I felt while reading it.
Maybe the book is for children, maybe people who have read Ramayana find it little boring, maybe the starting was very weird and you can say anything you want, but nothing, absolutely nothing can match the ending. It is the best and the perfect ending I could ever imagine. The whole book is waiting for you to reach there, to live that moment.
I read while commuting back from college and the sun was setting with golden hues painting the skies marking the end of an amazing story. I remember looking at all the other people traveling with me and wondering did they just feel the sadness? did they feel the emotions of Arya? did they go through the trauma? maybe not, maybe they never will.
However one thing is for sure,
Everyone who reads this carries with them Arya’s lesson. An adult or a child, they will remember it!
Thank you, Nishant Joshi! And thank you Reenita Ma’am for such a good read! A 3.75/5 star indeed!