Once upon a time...

Colourful Characters

Once upon a time...

Dramatic: Children enacting excerpts from the book.

There are plenty of colourful characters and fanciful places to visit and explore through the pages of her book.The story deals with Ongchu, a young Vanara princess, who is kidnapped by a rakshasan. An old sage called Agastya entrusts Gind, a vanara, with the task of returning her to Baulpur.The Gind and his group set out on a journey stalked by wild animals and magical beings, waylaid and terrorised by rakshasas, and thwarted by Indra, the god of thunder along the way.

“Gind is about a group of Vanaras (ape like humanoids who live in the forest and were created by Bramha to help Rama fight against Ravana) who are on a mission to take the kidnapped Vanara princess back to the Himalayas. Gind is actually the name of the prince of Vanaras. The backdrop of this story is the Ramayana but the action moves northwards instead of south,” explains Harini. “I like to write stories for children especially ones with plenty of action, excitement and adventure.They must have light moments and happy endings,” she adds.

Harini's book is interesting at many different levels. It blends bits of history, archaeology and adventure into a narrative that is quite engaging.The book launch was followed by a dramatised reading of excerpts from the book by children from Theatre Lab.

Dressed in white, the seven children read out passages from the book enacting them for the benefit of the audience gathered there mostly comprising of young children and their parents. This was followed by a game of dumb charades based on words in the book Gind. “My child reads Harry Potter so I felt that it would be nice to introduce him to a book with fantasy characters based in India,” said one of the parents present at the launch.

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