Pune, June 8, 2017: ‘AdvenChaar ‘Adventure!’ is Part One of the young-adult fiction trilogy: AdvenChaar &The Treasure In The Tunnels (A4T4) by author Farookh Shaikh. Spanning about 320,000 words, the book recounts the exploits of four youngsters, the AdvenChaar (‘Four Adventurers’), who are based in Pune, India.
The book was launched today at the hands of TV Actress and Producer Kiran Dubey amongst other dignitaries well-wishers, friends and book lovers. Over 150 people were present at Poona Club in a packed room filled with excitement.
The event started with welcoming the Guests and introducing the Author and calling upon the Chief Guest, Kiran Dubey who is an Award winning Actor in the TV circuit and has also achieved laurels in Hollywood. The book was officially unveiled and launched by them.
Another highlight of the event was a melody and a song which has been specially created by the Author which is a first of its kind in any book launch we have seen. We had the young musician who created the melody to come and perform in front of the audience which was a great surprise and everyone loved it.
The idea of AdvenChaar was birthed in the spring of 2005 and took 12 years to complete. Simultaneously, the ideation and shaping of the other adventures that our youngsters will be involved in henceforth was also an ongoing process. The second adventure, AdvenChaar &The 16 Pure Annas (A4PA16), has already been fleshed out and 40,000 words have already been written.
Hit Veda is the pen-name of Farookh Shaikh. The author, 55, was born in Pune and resided here for the first three decades of his life. While in Pune, he worked variously as the executive secretary of Poona Automotive Racing Association; on the sports desk of the Times of India (PunePlus); and as the associate editor of a monthly magazine, Car & Bike International. He has also worked as the sports editor for ‘The Gulf Today’, and English daily in the U.A.E. He later even worked in the South-East Asian nation for The Straits Times broadsheet and Mediacom’s TODAY tabloid.
To shed some light on ‘AdvenChaar, Adventure!’ In A4T4, the first of what should be at least a handful of adventures, Fate brings to our youngsters a set of documents containing clues to a mammoth royal treasure trove that a 19th-century South Indian Queen had brought with her to Pune while fleeing colonial looters. The treasure was hidden in a tunnel network to the south of Pune by a treasure warden.
The intrepid youths solve numerous cryptic clues to uncover the treasure; battle their own shortcomings and thorny relationships; beat up villains of various hues; and at least one among them slaughters languages and sundry other subjects as her whimsy takes her.
The AdvenChaar are twins AMANAT SHOOR (13 years, elder), AMAN SHOOR (13 years), AYELAN JAANAZAD (12 years, 10 months) and AURA BAAZ (12 years, 8 months).
Description of the Characters: Amanat is the undisputed leader of the foursome and has the ability to command without appearing to command. She is highly intuitive and pursues arcane knowledge. Aman is the ‘strong man’ of the team and the leader whenever it comes to fighting action. However, true to his name, he desires a peaceful resolution to contentious issues and shuns violence unless absolutely forced to use it. The quarterstaff (lathi) is his favourite weapon. He is also undergoing kendo training.
Ayelanis the scholarly component of the team. He loves books and knowledge and is also an inventor. He shuns violence but uses his mastery of words to irk, destabilise and neutralise his opponents.
The last of our foursome is Aura. She is a very adept martial artist and a practitioner of rope mallakhamb(an Indian sport). She is also extremely irksome. Any negative comment about her by any person, other than a select few, results in immediate and violent retaliation. She has various signature moves and the most effective one in her arsenal is termed as the ‘AURA KA DHOSA’ (translation: ‘The Fist of Aura’).
Aura hates education in general, and homework in particular, with a vengeance. She and Ayelan clash often on this issue throughout A4T4. She, too, is training to become a kendoka.
The youngsters are aided in their adventures by the Japanese duo of SHOTAKU TAICHI and HIMIKO YUKIKAZE, the CEO and the Chief Roboticist respectively of a Japanese android- and robot-manufacturing company, NICHIROBO. Three androids form part of the adventurers’ support team. These include SENSEI-BO, the quartet’s home tutor; OOKI-BO, the prototype of a rescue android; and KIREI-BO, the prototype of a fitness-cum-governess android.
Others ‘good guys’include MORYAKAKA, an antiquarian, and PIR UNCLE, a mystic and the caretaker of Hazrat Qamar Ali Darvesh’s shrine in SHIVAPUR. Somewhere in between good and evil is DATTU, the odd-job man at the SHOOR MANSION.
The villains of the story are also of two types: humans and androids. The human villains include the vicious and sadistic gangster VIKATHOR KUPOOT, his moll NILAJJA and Vikathor’s gang of inept goons. The evil androids – who will make an appearance in Part Two – are led by WARUI-BO, a giant android who has no compunction about hurting other entities.
The story will take all keen readers to Pune, Mumbai and the surrounding areas (in India); to Tokyo (in Japan);to Nice and Avignon (in France); and to Singapore.
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