Please put your hands together for the 1st winner of READ n REVIEW contest hosted by BuzzingBooks —SAJAL GIRDHAR, a class 8th student of Titiksha Public School, New Delhi. Sajal has written a precise and beautiful review of Sahyadri Adventure: Anirudh’s Dream, authored by Deepak Dalal. Here goes the book review written by Sajal:
“Deepak’s writing is very visual, and is infused with a dose of history and culture of 1850’s. The book is certainly well researched and this comes across in Deepak’s gripping narrative. The reader will be awed reading about how Bombay was in the 1850’s – in its heartland there were forests where panthers roamed, the sea flooded the channels that separated the seven islands.
Vikram and Aditya the key protagonists in Deepak’s previous novels (Ranthambore Adventures, Ladakh Adventures etc.), with Chitra are joined by Anirudh in this adventure in the Sahyadris.
The Novel starts off at a slow pace, where Deepak introduces you to the characters. The young protagonists go sailing in the rapids and begin a trek to the Sahyadris with the mysterious Salim .The dialogues reflect the banter of adolescent lives today. The biggest takeaway is the message in the novel – a group of Muslim, Hindu, Christian and Parsi boys taking on the might of our former Imperial masters.
A fact, which we suckers for material desires and lifestyle of the west, in a fight to survive and thrive, in the India divided by caste, religion and vote bank policies, must not forget in a hurry.
As he writes with refreshing candour. His writing reflects a love for nature and a spirit of adventure. Importantly, he tries to do all of his with stories set in the India, with Indian characters, which makes his books all the more special, being his dream of offering Indian children stories about their own people, in our beautiful country. “
Well done Sajal Girdhar! You have a great talent for writing. Wishing you all the best for the future 🙂