Karan Quma and the Meluha Tree
Author: Mathew Panamkat,
Publisher: Deepshikha books, Price: Rs 299
If you love wizards, wonder, magic, mystery, unnatural circumstances and Harry Potter-like situations, Karan Quma and the Meluha Treemay will certainly interest you. As all mystery, sci-fi novels, this also deals with good versus the bad and the final poetic justice.
The story revolves around the Greywals household. Mr and Mrs Greywal are childless and after years of wait, they finally adopt a child — one of the luckless twins who were rescued by the disaster management crew after a mighty cyclone hit their village.
Strange circumstances soon follow. While the infant is being taken home by the Greywals in a train, he gets exchanged with a look-alike without the family’s realising the swap. Then there are imageries of crows and crocodiles, and Mephistophelean visitants. Interestingly, as days pass by, an urchin, Karan, joins the Greywals and their adopted child, Kogon. Kogon and Mr Greywal instantly hate the sight of Karan but Mrs Greywal develops a soft corner. ]
Soon, Karan joins the household as a servant. The plot changes, the two children join the Rod and Bag School, meet strange teachers, principal and chairman, and discover the Meluha Tree. However, it’s just the chosen one with the Harappan tablet code that can decipher the mystery behind the Meluha Tree and it is the good soul, here Karan, who can save the mankind.
Although the initial chapters are racy, towards the middle it does seem monotonous and repetitive.
The book tends to drag with little suspense or events and you tend to wonder what is the whole brouhaha about the Rumors Rock and the Meluha Tree.
Somehow, the story only picks up towards the end. The plot may be interesting, but there is certainly a lack of momentum, especially towards the middle. Another put off is the ‘unnatural’ size of the paperback. The book is a little difficult to handle, and if you are used to reading in a cuddled position, well, this may be a little uncomfortable.