“The Magic of the Lost Story” by Sudha Murthy is a sequel to the popular book ‘The Magic of the Lost Temple’ by the author. Just like its prequel, it is yet another adventure and the fun-filled story of Noon. The story moves ahead with her visiting her grandparents again to attend a family wedding. Her visit to Somanahalli this time again unfolds a lot of mystery. Last time, she discovered a lost temple and this time she discovers her family story.
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The Magic of the Lost Story by Sudha Murthy
About the Book:
After staying in lockdown for over a year, Nooni is now visiting her Ajja-Ajji in Somanahalli. Memories of excavating the famous stepwell and experiencing village life for the first time in The Magic of the Lost Temple are still afresh in Nooni’s mind. Excited to finally step out of the confines of her home, little does Nooni know she will make yet another discovery, only this time it’s a missing puzzle in her family’s history.
Written in India’s favourite storyteller’s inimitable style, The Magic of the Lost Story captures the value of asking questions and keeping the answers alive. Packed with delightful artworks and wondrous terrains, this story takes you on an unforgettable journey as it follows the magnificent Tungabhadra River.
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- Publisher : Puffin (24 October 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 208 pages
- MRP: ₹250.00
- Reading age : 8 years and up
About the Author
Book review – The Magic of the Lost Story by Sudha Murthy
The book revolves around the adventures of Anoushka aka Nooni, who is bored with online classes amid the pandemic. So after staying home for more than a year, she convinces her parents to let her visit her grandparents. During her last visit to her grandparents in Somanahalli (in the last book), being the inquisitive young girl that she is, she discovered a hidden stepwell that brought fame to both her and the place.
In this book, Nooni’s Ajja (her grandfather) and Ajji (her grandmother) take her along to their relative’s place where they are celebrating multiple events. They celebrated Gopal Ajja’s Sahasra Purnachandra Darshana, and Yashoda-Krishna Temple Rath Yatra(Car function). Here Nooni tags along with her Ajja, when he goes to Ibrahim’s house. They went there to invite him to come and start the Rath Yatra function. This has been their tradition for generations, but no one was actually aware of the reasons and story behind this tradition.
After witnessing all these magnificent traditions, Nooni is intrigued to know the history behind them and the significance of inviting Ibrahim’s family. As she goes to search for it, a lost story unfolds, which is unknown to everyone. Read this book to re-live the magic of the lost story and Nooni’s journey to the historic places that stood witness to this story. The story also underlines the world of excitement explored by young minds beyond TV sets and video games.
The entire story moves around places in Southern India explaining their historic significance. The river ‘Tungabhadra’ and the life around its banks and tributaries, play the central character and are well woven into the story. The narration is fast-paced and though there are many characters involved, it never gets overwhelming to relate to their significance in the happenings. If there is one book you want your kid to read this year, let it be this one.
Overall thoughts on the book:
It was a pleasure to read Sudha Murthy’s book again. I am fond of her storytelling and simple writing style. All her stories are weaved beautifully with friendship, vacations, loving grandparents, celebrating festivals with family, living with cousins, and day-to-day chores in a village. Basically everything an Indian child would like to read.
While reading the book, you would feel a part of the family. You will feel a part of the story enjoying the adventures along with Nooni, discovering the simple joys of celebrations in the village, and learning to help everyone. As the book holds your interest well, by acquainting you with traditions during preparations for weddings, making sweets, family functions, and so on.
- The author gives us a compelling story that will definitely be staying with the reader for a long time.
- The lucid language and the striking illustrations make the story come alive.
- The book is the perfect combination of humor, adventure, mystery, and entertainment and is thus a must-read for any age
Rating 5/5 Stars
You can get your copy here on Amazon.in or read it on Kindle Unlimited.
Book review “The Magic of the Lost Story by Sudha Murthy”