“Five what?” asked Iora
This is the beginning of the mystery for little Iora the protagonist of the novel ‘Iora and the Quest of Five’. A refreshing new novel by an Indian author, Ms. Arefa Tehsin. Writer, poetess, columnist, and a Wildlife Warden, Ms. Arefa Tehsin dons many hats with complete ease. Adding to her list of accomplishments, she has penned a fiction novel, which is aimed at Young Adults.
Iora & the Quest of Five is an enthralling book, about a young girl Iora who embarks on a Quest to save the world in which she resides. As this book is set in the rainforest, Ms. Arefa took great care to research the habitat and inhabitants of rainforest to say true to the wildlife and rainforest characteristics.
When quizzed about how she came about this book, Ms. Arefa replied that from young age she enjoyed exploring the jungles and learning about its many fascinating characters. Story of Iora & the Quest of Five just came to her, and once the idea took root, she completed the book in mere two months. She claims she has never struggled with the dreaded writer’s block so far, going so far as to say that it’s the writer’s block which has struggled with her instead.
Indian literature has some significant dearth of good young adult literature and this fact has been rued about many times over in many different forums. When asked to Ms. Arefa if she wrote her book keeping in mind this lacuna, she replied that it wasn’t so; ‘she just had a story with young protagonist, which turned out to be suitable for young adults’.
Iora and the Quest of Five has been released in August 2012, and its Delhi and Mumbai launch were done by Minister of state for HRD Mr. Shashi Tharoor, and the acclaimed actor Ms. Shabana Azmi respectively. The book has received high praises from all quarters indeed, from being featured in newspapers like DNA (Daily News & Analysis) to being covered in Business Standard. Leading daily Asian Age even did an interview with Ms. Arefa Tehsin quizzing her about her love for writing.
Reviewing Iora and the Quest of Five Ms. Mariam Karim-Ahlawat of Young India Books says “This children’s book is in the tradition of the writers like C S Lewis and JK Rowling, yet much like the new Indian writing where there is an unselfconscious amalgam of the Western and Indian ways of understanding the world”.
Set in a beautiful world of its own, this book is set to take the Young Adult readers in India by storm. Its many quirky characters and entirely new yet engaging situations and setups are sure to appeal to readers in all age groups.
Iora & the Quest of Five is available in stores across the country, and can be purchased from uRead online shopping portal too.
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