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Updated: December 5, 2011 18:40 IST

Book Worm: Adventure in the hills

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On The Yeti's Trail By Shoba Naidu.
On The Yeti's Trail By Shoba Naidu.

Mushtaq's holiday in the Himalayas turns out to be one that every child would love to have.

The abominable snowman, Yeti, Lochness Monster and many others live on in the imagination of all who love mystery and intrigue. And anyone with a little imagination and courage would like an opportunity to glimpse these creatures.

On the Yeti's Trail, thus caters to that atom of adventure within us. Mushtaq studies in Srinagar and during the vacation he goes home to his village in the Himalayas. He loves the life he leads in the mountains, helping his mother and roaming the forests. One day, while in the forest collecting fire wood he meets the Yeti. The meeting is not pleasant but it creates in him an urge to find out more about the creature.

He decides to learn more about the Yeti from his Panditji in Srinagar and also tell his friend Niaz about his sighting. The visit to Panditji proves beneficial as he is able to tell them a lot and also introduce them to his friend Dr. Riaz Aziz, an environmental scientist.

They learn many things from Dr. Riaz Aziz and return to Srinagar and decide to pursue the quest to find the Yeti. Accompanied by Mushtaq's cousin Sakina they brave it into the forest.

Do they find the Yeti? How do they fare? Do they have proof of having seen the Yeti? You will have to read the book to find out!

This novelette is easy to read and the sequence of events moves quickly leaving no time for boredom. The quest is on and action moves from chapter to chapter leaving the reader breathless having moved at such an exciting pace.

ON THE YETI'S TRAIL by Shoba Naidu, Rupa and Co, Rs 95

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