‘Sacred Grove’ is fast paced and fun

Last Updated: Aug 11, 2010, 16:33 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

New Delhi: `Sacred Grove` by Daman Singh is fast paced and fun, but with an edge that can hurt. The book tells an account of growing up in a country where change is measured by the second, no longer by centuries.

Published by HarperCollins, the book will be launched in New Delhi at Silver Oak Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Educationist Abha Adams will be in conversation with the author.

The theme of the book is outstanding. Master of jingles, aspiring Bayblayder and star cricketer on home ground, Ashwin is smart, funny, and sometimes bratty beyond belief. As the son of the district collector in a small town in central India, he has little to worry about except his mother’s mood swings, his father’s principles, and an about-to-be-born sibling. And yes, his Masi’s occasional visits, not always with a gift in hand.

Two things happen to ripple the surface of this calm: his newfound friendship with his driver Rafiq, and his best friend Ravi’s new interest in hanging out with older boys with a penchant for trouble. Before he knows it, all that he holds dear is under threat and the choices he is faced with are not those anyone would wish on a young boy.

About the author

Daman Singh is daughter of Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India. Daman Singh graduated with an honours in mathematics from St Stephen’s College, Delhi, in 1984. She went to the Institute of Rural Management, Anand, for further studies and worked in rural development for twenty years. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Nine by Nine.

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