Title: When Arya Fell Through The Fault
Author: Reenita Malhotra Hora
Publisher: Om Books International
Genre: Fiction / YA
I received this book from the publishers to review it. The title of the book sounded quite appealing to me. By looking at the cover page, I got the idea that this book is more over like a children fiction and look I was right. I completed this book in few hours and in one sitting. Though I am not a fan of mythological read ups still I liked reading this book because of its appealing beginning.
About the Author : Reenita Malhotra is an award-winning broadcast journalist, Ayurveda clinician and author of books on Ayurveda and finance. Her debut fiction novel, Operation Mom: How I Got My Mother a Life and Man has been recognized as a must-read young adult book written by an Indian author. Arya Fell Through the Fault is her second release.
About the Book: Well talking about this book, This book conveys the message that the stories of Ramayana are still valid and has great learning for life. It gives a message to tackle mundane problems that one faces in life. The author has created a world of fantasy for kids. She successfully connected the Hindu epic Ramayana. There are many inspirational messages also given in this book which are going to invoke you. The story revolves around the protagonist Arya who is bullied in a school because of ethnic reasons and never been considered as a part of school cool group.The story is about his huge liking towards the Epic Ramayana and how he lived through it. The seamless transition from real to unreal in the book makes it more interesting.
Characterization : Arya : The protagonist, is in his early teens. He lives as an Indian, brought up in San Francisco. Being the only Indian in school, he faces racial remarks and is always teased for the kind of food he eats. He struggles to live up to the cultural values imbibed by his mother through the renowned stories of epic Ramayana.
Arya’s Mother : An ayurveda doctor and she carries the Indian values in her heart.
Arya’s father : A taxi driver, he works day and night to provide the best forhis son.
What I liked : The narrative is very simple and lucid as kids can finish this book in few hours. The message (which this book gives) is what I liked the most. As it re-emphasizes that Ramayana is still valid and its in our hands to choose the role of Rama or Ravana for us.
What I disliked : I couldn’t feel connected with the book. I felt it drags in the middle and then I just wanted to end the book. I expected more of Ramayana but in middle it vanished.
So this is all from my side! Me, Sonali Agarwal, signing out and picking up my next book. Till then..
Happy Reading and Stay In love!