When Arya Fell Through The Fault by Reenita Malhotra Hora~Book Review

Title-When Arya Fell Through The Fault

Author-Reenita Malhotra Hora

Publisher-Om Books International

Number of pages-207

Price-195 INR


When Arya Fell Through the Fault is the magical, coming-of-age tale of Arya, a twelve-year-old boy from San Francisco, who is ridiculed by bullies. Anything to do with his ethnicity—food, traditions or the fascinating mythological stories he has been raised with—has become the building block of unpleasant school experiences. In the wake of an accident that confines his once vibrant mother to a hospital ward—kept alive by tubes and machines— Arya clings to the only remnant of their bond: an old, battered copy of the Ramayana, India’s ancient epic story of Rama’s battle against demons. One night, Arya falls through a fault in the earth into the Wild Woods, where Ravana—the demon king—strategises to destroy his Ramayana—the last copy left—and threatens to rewrite history from his evil perspective. Will Arya be able to save the story of Rama, heal his mother and return home to tackle the demons in his ordinary world?


It’s an eye-catching experience looking at the cover page. The way the title and the child’s image is bulging out is indeed beautiful. The cover itself conveys the story inside. One can visualize that the story revolves around a kid and his strange life.

It’s a story about being bullied, time and again and about the challenges an Indian origin San Francisco’s kid faces due to his ethnicity.

The Ramayana- An Indian mythological book, binds him with his mother.

The habits her mother wants him to inculcate and the teachings she gives him about Indian mythology is what keeps him irritated but when he fell through the fault, all those teachings from Ramayana helped him to fight with the demons.

The thing which keep readers love reading it, is the mythological teachings and the bond that is clearly visible between Arya and his mother. When Arya’s mother is on her death-bed, it is touching how Arya uses Ramayana in an attempt to save her.

My experience 

While reading, initially I found it amusing when I read about Arya’s dream but soon my perception about the book got changed as I read further.

The language used by the Author was simple and descriptive. It was easy to understand and the story was rich in vocabulary.

Overall, the blend of fiction and mythology makes this novel a good read.

Favorite  quotes

”Always remember,  your truest weapons are your humility and pride for your culture.”

“Dreams provide a glimpse of your inner self.”

My ratings
4 stars out of 5.

Link to buy the book.

About the author

Reenita Malhotra Hora is an award-winning broadcast journalist, Ayurveda clinician and author of books on Ayurveda and finance. Her debut fiction novel, Operation Mom: How I Got My Mother a Life and Man has been recognised as a must-read young adult book written by an Indian author.

When Arya Fell Through the Fault is her second release in Reenita anchors Hong Kong’s popular morning finance programme, Money for Nothing on RTHK Radio 3. Her weekend storytelling show, Asian Threads has won her a gold trophy at the New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards. Native to Mumbai, she currently lives with her family in Hong Kong. You can follow her on Twitter (@reenymal) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ReenitaMalhotraHora) or visit her online at http://www.reenita.com.

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