"Indus Investigators - Mohenjodaro Mystery, brings alive the story of the Indus Valley or
Harappan Civilization in a unique and different manner. The author flawlessly
weaves together the ancient past with the present, and with the process of the actual discovery
and excavation of Mohenjodaro."
Dr Shanti Pappu: Archaeologist & Director, Sharma Centre for Heritage Education
Review - Book Worm: Going back in time
By Nimi Kurian, The Hindu, November 7th 211
"If you love to read history and are fascinated with time travel, then this book could be for you...... It's a fun trip.........Interestingly written it gives the reader a chance to learn about Mohenjodaro"
Read the full review - The Hindu, Life & Style, Kids. November 7th 2011
Diksha Narang, (Class XI, School Pupil, Delhi) interviews the Author.
(The interviewer was 16; the book is for younger readers.)
Q. Is there any particular reason why you chose to write a novel on the Indus Valley Civilization?
A. I’ve been having imaginary chats with the characters in the book a long time before writing the book! I got very interested in the Indus Civilization around 1995, after I was first asked to write materials for teachers of children aged 9-11. As there is a lot that we don’t know about it, I stayed curious.
Q. Are Mina and Yasin based on children you know or are they kids you imagined up?
A. They are like several children I know from when I was a teacher, and what I imagine some grown up friends might have been like when they were children! Mina and Yasin remind me of good times I had playing with friends when I was a child.
Q. The time travel in this book is strictly not time travel, more like viewing options of what could have happened in the Indus Civilization. I found that very interesting. Why and how did you decide to use this technique?
A. Are you sure? One of the odd things about time travel is that it’s not normal time which travels in straight lines, it’s quite bendy, and can easily fool us . We cannot always know when we are really time travelling, or we just think we are, which could be happening in this story, at least some of the time. The One-Horn Beast, Plenty, Cart Man, the Bull and the Toddlers, and all the ancient characters the children meet gave me the idea about how to time travel without ever knowing when we get there.
Q. Would you say this is a reference book or a novel? I think it works as both so I am not sure how this should be categorized in a library.
A. I want the readers to enjoy the story and the funny things and adventures that happen to the children, so this is definitely a novel. If they do, and also get interested in the Indus Civilisation, and finding out about it, so much the better. I’m please you think it works as both, as I always spend a lot of time checking out the research and information, so no reason why your library couldn’t have a copy in both sections!
Q. If you were to write a sequel to this book what would that book be about?
A. Two ideas - one would be a fun, activity and investigation book about the Indus Civilisation, with lots of things to make, experiment with or create. That wouldn’t really be a sequel, however, if I did, the One-Horn Beast could certainly take Mina and Yasin to visit Indus cities on the coast, and then sail west on an expedition to Ancient Mesopotamia.
From Scholastic India's Newsletter for Schools January 2011