Book: Who burned the moon?
Author: Rahul Vishnoi
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
Published by: BOOKed
Number of pages: 252 pages
My Rating: 3.5/5
MY REVIEW: The author Rahul Vishnoi was kind enough to provide me with a copy of his book. The book was accompanied by some posters depicting characters in the book, which intrigued me to start reading the book right away!
The story starts with a hilarious introduction of the villain of the book, Lala Purabnath and his sycophants. Lala Purabnath is engaged in a very profitable business, i.e. providing education in the hill town of Dimakiya. However, he is in search of someone, who can sing to the bones!
The reader then meets Rehan Saxena, a teenager who has failed Class 12 but his mother is hell bent on making him a “Daacter” (Doctor). For fulfilling this ambition, she manages to procure a fake marksheet and despite his protestations, packs him off to a new medical college opened by Lala Purabnath.
Once Rehan boards the bus to take him to the medical college, the fun begins! There are a number of memorable characters in the book like Tanu, Raina, Namak, Sukanya, to name a few. Reading about the personalities of the students and college staff takes one back to one’s own student days. I found myself comparing the book to the famous movie The 3 Idiots as I kept chuckling over the humorous dialogues in the story.
But all in the college is not what it seems! The college has underground tunnels that are populated by “gilchis”, beings that are half-animal and half-human. Namak turns out to have super powers, there is a telling of an ancient legend of the Grand King and the gold bones and the story concludes with a hunt for “gilchis” on vehicles called Moontrackers. This is when the story becomes “3 Idiots meets Harry Potter.”
Who Burned the Moon? is a light, fun filled and entertaining read. It can be ordered on Amazon.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rahul Vishnoi is a dentist residing in Delhi. This is his first book. He can be followed on Instagram on his handle @datdelhidentist.