OF THE ENCHANTED JUNGLE
It is not exactly a morality
tale, but there is no doubt about what the writer prefers. It
is an aesthetic of elegance rather than excess. SUNDAY
What you are left with is an astonishing tale of magic, adventure
and innocence. A charming host of well-rounded characters makes
this book a gripping read. AT A GLANCE.
Enlightment is what I felt when I read the fiction novel Children
of the Enchanted Jungle. MOUTH SHUT.
Dear Mr. Tim Murrari,
I simply loved your book! It's the best I' ve ever read! I have
read books like Harry Potter, Hugo Cabret, Narnia, and Star Wars,
mostly the best-selling authors. But I' ve never read a book like
yours. When I am angry I instantly become calm when I read your
book. It's as if your book has enchanted me, it's as if your book
has become a part of my soul. I can't really explain why I like
your book so much, I just like it.
I have a few questions. Where did Latrommi take the children at
the end of the story? What punishment did Varang get for letting
Latrommi get away? And did Varang ever go after after Latrommi
Please e-mail me soon.
Om Vyoman Arvind
5th Grade - 10 years old
P.S. I got my dad and mom to read your book by telling them how
good it was. My younger brother (age 7 - 2nd Grade) is reading
the book also.
Sorry I missed your reading session at Global Adjustments, I couldn't
come. I hope to meet you soon someday.
A SIGH OF REGRET FROM
THE DEEP WOODS.
The lost children of an enchanted
forest fight unscrupulous plunderers. The End is magical but the
reader is left with an undeniable sense of loss.
Once upon a time, there was a jungle with creatures great and
small. They lived in harmony if not at peace, and that’s the way
things were supposed to be. There was something special about
this patch of forest, though, which you could find out only if
you were in it and of it, which rarely happened unless you were
a human foundling, abandoned at the edge by parents who, for one
reason or other, couldn’t keep the children at home. It makes
for an intriguing set of initial conditions in this, Timeri Murari’s
latest work of fiction.
The scene is set and the antagonists identified right at the beginning.
On one side is the forest — brooding and enigmatic — bordered
by a wide river. It is an arbour for all kinds of life, including
human. On the other side are Bhask, “a round, short man with a
bald head”, his son Rhask, “with the face of a spoilt child’ and
Varang, impatient, masterful and mysterious. They have some here
for one thing alone, to cut down the forest.
The motives are different. ForBhask it is about money to be made
from the timber and real estate development, for Varang it is
something entirely other under the guise of greed and gold. “In
the minds of two of the three persons, the jungle was already
razed and they were calculating their wealth from such destruction.
They would become multi-millionaires from selling the timber and
exploiting the cleared land. But for the third person, who stood
slightly apart from the other two, and had no interest in the
money, the jungle held a secret that she had searched for many
What Varang is seeking is a talisman of extraordinary power, a
thing that makes this part of the forest unique, the enchanted
jungle, in short. She also knows it has something to do with the
children as well and is determined to find out.
Pitted against her is the jungle and its creatures. The animals
are troubled, apprehensive and also perhaps resigned, a fatalism
that is probably part of the animal burden. When the world changes
you change too or fall. That’s the best they can do. But then
there are the children as well, the foundlings who have survived
and thrived against all the odds. There is something different,
something magical about them, though all are human and mortal.
“The youngest was around one summer old. None of the children
knew their exact ages because they never aged beyond fourteen
and remained children always. Time and the passing seasons were
meaningless in their safe jungle world.”
They live in the Glade, “a large, almost perfect circle, surrounded
by trees so close together that only a child could slip through
between the massive trunks.” The Glade holds everything that one
could require, but not all that one might desire. In fact, this
motif seems to inform most of the book. It is not exactly a morality
tale, but there is no doubt about what the writer prefers. It
is an aesthetic of elegance rather than excess.
The true secret of the Glade is Latrommi. “It was about the height
and thickness of a child and was made of a cold green-gold stone
that shone with an inner light. It had always been at the centre
of this Glade.” Latrommi is the guardian of the children, parent,
healer, teacher and dispenser of largesse in general. It is responsible
for maintaining the balance between the children and the other
denizens of the forest. In a way, it is the keeper of the entire
ecosystem. It is this that Varang has been searching for all these
years. Indeed, Latrommi has been a central obsession for many
generations of her family
This is the reason why she has got Bhask to cut down the forest
so that she can find Latrommi in the resultant desert. She is
also aware in general that the children hold the key to the finding,
because they are the ones in most frequent contact with Latrommi.
The plan then is to trap the children and force the truth out
of them. As to what happens after, both Bhask and Varang are indifferent.
This time, however, things turn out a bit different. The children
succeed in rousing the entire forest to an awareness of what awaits
them from the other side. The result is a stiffening of sinew
and general resistance. The fact that the children, with their
nimble brains, Latrommi’s instructions, and their own knowledge
of the forest, are around, make a crucial difference.
At this point, the book could have slipped into the vacuous happy
ending formula that is such a staple of Hollywood (and Bollywood)
tales. Fortunately, this is the work of a writer and there’s no
such easy comfort for the audience. There is a price for everything,
and it is exacted in full. The end is magical, but it is also
surprising and one is left with a sense of regret and loss and,
at heart, perhaps even a sense of appropriateness. NEW SUNDAY
ONCE UPON A TIME
Mysterious forces, talking animals,
evil witches, a river of action and a treacherous maze. Add a
dose of courageous and spirited children in action and Tim Murari’s
latest offering ‘Children of the Enchanted Jungle’ has all the
ingredients for a perfect chronicle of adventure.
The world of a child is often black and white where good must
always triumphs over evil. ‘Children of the Enchanted Jungle’
adheres to this ideology. Here the author paints an enchanted
world dripping not just with the intoxicating scents and colours
of the jungle, but also thrills with a fierce battle here and
there in addition to a few unexpected heroes. What you are left
with is an astonishing tale of magic, adventure and innocence.
In a dark, impenetrable forest lies a mysterious, outer-worldly
power. In true Peter Pan style, a band of orphans also inhabit
the magical jungle, co-existing in peace with their animal neighbors.
Protected by the strange force, the children live in harmony.
Like the animals of the jungle, they learn the game of survival
and accept the realities of life and death with grace.
A great evil threatens in the form of a ruthless woman who will
stop at nothing to capture the mysterious power. Using flashes
of magic and some very clever technology, the woman captures one
of the children of the jungle. With her diabolical plans in place,
the enemy gains a foothold into the enchanted forest. It is now
up to the animals, birds and the band of children to unite and
prepare for the fierce battle to save their jungle home.
A charming host of well-rounded characters makes this book a gripping
read. As writer Elizabeth Lawrence put it, ‘There is a garden
in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter,
the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.’
AT A GLANCE
Enlightment is what I felt when
I read the fiction novel Children of the Enchanted Jungle by Mr.
Timeri N. Murari.
Mr. Timeri N Murari has written
many fictions, non - fiction, screenplays and stage plays. His
film The Square Circle became the Time’s magazine top ten best
“Children of the Enchanted Jungle”
is a children book which also offers valuable lesson to elders
too. It is about an enchanted Jungle which protects its unique
children and wild animals with the help of a Powerful Entity called
These unique children were thrown
away by their parents because they were physically challenged.
Latrommi took form of their parents and taught them to live a
simple and peaceful life
. It also gave them Lingustic
power that made them converse fluently in any language in the
world. They were also given a chip which gave them power of Invisibility.
But the stories of these children
remained secret for a while, people out of the jungle thought
they were ghost of the jungle. No one dared to enter the mysterious
jungle. But soon that was about the change when an Evil woman
named Varang entered the Jungle to destroy their jungle and acquire
the power of Latrommi.
The jungle and Latrommi were
the only things the children had. They were not ready to part
with it. So they decided to battle against this Evil woman with
the help of the Latrommi and the wild animals, birds and insects
which also felt their safe haven was snatched from them. What
happens, who will win the Battle between Good and Evil?, for that
you have read this tale which is filled with adventure and mystery.
Mr. Timeri N. Murari raises a
valuable question to all his readers that by destroying the Jungles
are we not destroying the balance of the nature. In order to have
a comfortable lives we are cutting of the trees and to earn small
amount some people also kill wild animals for their hides. When
will we the Man animal realize and stop this evil thing once and
for all. Well think about this and share your valuable comments.
Ps: If you want to read, the
book is available in all Landmark stores. And to know about the
author and his work, you can visit his website http://www.timerimurari.com.