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Book Review: Magic in Mussoorie by Atul Sethi

Magic in Mussoorie
Author: Atul Sethi
Genre: Children’s book
Publishers: Penguin Publishers

Plot summary
Hellen Keller believes that life is nothing but an adventure! And so does Nakul Sahej, the protagonist of the story. ‘Magic in Mussoorie’ is set in the greater Himalayas where the mountains do their bit of magic and the eerie surrounding adds to the ambience. This entrapping and enticing story (read comic) book is the first in the series. The story focuses on the adventures of Nakul and his friend, Kuku, who embark on a journey back in time when Mt. Everest was still to be named.

Engaging and a complete package of thrilling adventure, ‘Magic in Mussoorie’ capitalizes on the bond of friendship, the importance of acknowledgement and the need to be bold and dauntless.

Area A: Text
The text has been organized in simple sentences. It is commendable how well the author has woven the details from our history into a fictitious account. With a compelling and impeccable narrative, the author does justice with all the characters in the story and leaves the readers wanting for more.

Area B: Illustrations
The cover of the book neatly presents the main idea of the plot. The comic strips strike the right chord and have been brilliantly done. Kudos to Vikas Upadhyay for making the story more interesting with the help of his brush.

Area C: Characterization
The main character of the story is Nakul and the most dominant trait that can be identified is his spontaneity and courage. With the aid of exemplary description, the character of Nakul is well shaped. He carries himself with maturity and takes decisions after weighing the pros and cons. His sidekick, Kuku, does a brilliant job of supporting the plot with his quirky jokes and reluctance to be a part of the adventure. I was reminded of Scooby and Shaggy- the irrevocable bond that they shared. Just like them, the bond between Nakul and Kuku is something every person craves for. Kuku is that perfect omnipresent friend who helps Nakul whenever he is in need.

Every child is carefree and jaunty. It is in their nature and we cannot change that. However, if we make them read stories that reflect the similar mindset and give out a moral in the end, we make a sincere effort in equipping the child with the ability to take the right decision. This book is a good read. It explores the mindset and the perspective of a young boy and encourages the young minds to become a part of Nakul’s life.

Although comic books are still available, the content has drastically changed with time. After a long time, I came across a comic that can pass the muster and match the standard of Pinky, Chacha Choudhary and Tintin.

Best wishes to the author and the artist!

Buying Link: Amazon

**This honest and unbiased review is in return of the review copy provided by the publisher.

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