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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


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
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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
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Eve Rabi
I read this book with my little daughter, with the deal being that we would read a few chapters each night. But it was so interesting that we ended up reading the entire story that same night.
Along the lines of Rudyard Kipling, Gind is a story of a cute little Varana named ‘Gind’ (He has 11 siblings!) who tries to be a hero to an equally cute little princess in distress.

Told with humor and light-heartedness, (‘They only tolerated a chief because one was needed to do the dirty work like break u
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Bree Wolf
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
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
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 shy away from angst, preferring uncomplicated characters, plenty of action, nature, animals, and happy endings. Like most writers, I try to write the kind of book I enjoy reading. Also, like most chimps and dogs I have observed, I'm a lefty.
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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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