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Gind: The Magical Adventures of a Vanara

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When Ongchu, a young vanara princess, is kidnapped by a rakshasan, Rishi Agastya entrusts Gind, a bold young vanara, with the dangerous mission of restoring her to Baulpur, her home beyond the Himalayas. As Gind, his father Karuppan, and Ongchu set out on their long, arduous journey from the island of Poompuhar, they are stalked by wild animals and magical beings, waylaid ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published August 15th 2009 by Penguin
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E.N. McNamara
Sep 23, 2014 E.N. McNamara rated it it was amazing

Gind was delightful from start to finish. This odyssey through India, is wholesome, funny, and fast-paced, complete with flying elephants, a kidnaped princess, silly songs and magic galore. I could compare it to Kipling's Jungle Book, in some ways, but I liked it better (perhaps because one of the main characters was female).

Harini Gopalswami Srinivasan, with her elegant flair for the word and talent at creating quirky characters, has written a book that will be enjoyed by all age groups. Gind w
Bhavesh Bhimani
Jul 14, 2016 Bhavesh Bhimani rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
A very light, breezy read. Finished this book in a few days. Although aimed at pre-teen children, it should be liked by adults as well; especially those interested in Indian mythology. The parallel story of the Ramayana is very nicely interspersed with the main story here which is basically about the adventures of a young monkey who happens to be born at the time of the Ramayana. The world of Gind has been very vividly portrayed and his character is something that children would relate to. Nice ...more
Dixie Goode
GIND is a delightful story of myth and adventure. Having been raised on mainly Greek and Roman myth, with a sprinkling of other cultures, I found the basic premise of the book to be fun and easy to follow. The book started with

"Devalokam shone with cleanliness. Everything was perfect, and no one was doing anything they shouldn’t. Indra was beginning to get bored. None of the other gods was trying to be greater than him. Nobody was richer than him. Nobody had more wives than him. What was there
Bree Wolf
Aug 02, 2014 Bree Wolf rated it really liked it
By Bree Wolf, author of Fireflies

‘Gind’ is a wonderful story full of mythical creatures; many of which I have never heard of. Ultimately, I did enjoy the book thoroughly (sweet and yet strong characters, exciting adventures, a beautiful and varied setting, plus amazing story-telling). However, every now and then I would have loved an explanation of how to picture some of these exotic creatures.
Jennifer Lott
Nov 05, 2014 Jennifer Lott rated it really liked it
This richly painted adventure weaves a complicated world into a strong story. From the simple vanaras to the proud gods, every adventurer is subject to circumstances that keep their paths crossing. The descriptions are beautiful: they give the reader a deep sense of each place the story takes them. Song lyrics for things like weddings and snow are charming additions that convey very immediate cultural impressions. The dialogue is also excellent for this. Among themselves, the gods reveal their t ...more
Monideepa Sahu
Jul 28, 2011 Monideepa Sahu rated it it was amazing
This is a highly imaginative book filled with thrills and spills. An original tangent from the Ramayana, parallel adventures of a gang of monekys who are unaware that they are part of history in the making. Children and their parents will thoroughly enjoy this book
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I'm excited by geography, ancient history and mythology: in a nutshell, the romance of place! As a reader, I enjoy humour, uncomplicated characters, plenty of action, nature, animals, and happy endings. Like most writers, I try to write the kind of book I like reading.

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“Kashayam [was] a drink the vanaras had morning, noon and night, and a few times in between. It was a kind of brew with all kinds of herbs thrown in: the thick, sharp-tasting furry karpuravalli, the strong spicy tulsi, the slightly bitter bark of the coconut tree, pungent pepper roots, the breathcatching nellikai, the cool root of vetriver, and just about anything else that was considered edible. And some things that weren’t. In their craze for novelty, vanaras sometimes flung in new kinds of leaves or berries just because they smelt interesting; whole families had been known to fall ill, or even die. Gind’s family were not a very adventurous lot, and stuck to things they knew not to be poisonous. Still, every day’s kashayam was different, and this was a great topic of conversation among the vanaras.” 1 likes
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