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Author : B Vinayan
Every time GRACE – City Auto for Hire No. SD 013422 hears the Blue River tune, she gets a funny feeling. What is the Blue River? Why does it affect her so deeply? What lies beyond it? One day Grace revs up her engine and sets out to find out. Encountering new worlds, creatures, ways of life, and languages, it is a journey with experiences that range from the fun to the funny to the philosophical, with answers that lead to more questions. Part adventure, part mystery, this captivating fantasy novel transforms the story of a perfectly mundane mechanical creature into a metaphor for human existence.
2011: Economist-Crossword Book Award (shortlisted)
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|Specifications||244 pages, 8.5" x 5.5", black & white, soft cover|
|Awards||2011: Children's Honorary Shortlist, Economist-Crossword Book Award|
|Tags||adventure, mystery, journey, fantasy, story about an autoricksha, landscapes, human existence|
Gentle, odd, engaging
It sounds crazy, and it is. But it all works in a weird way. I think it works because the original fantasy in this book comes right out of a particular place with its very specific sense of relationships and frictions, rights, wrongs, and pressures. Beyond the Blue River is a gentle, odd, engaging story about "the whole wide world, and, who knows, maybe even everything beyond it." I suspect that as a 10- or 12-year-old, I'd have lapped this up. Even now, adult skepticism and all, I found much to love, to be amused by, and to linger over, all of it aided by big helpings of wonder. Uma Krishnaswami
Warm and humorous
"B.Vinayan's imaginative story brings a fresh approach by its warmth and humour and its effortless weaving of philosophy and childlike wonderment... The original and engaging ideas of the 'language of the spheres' which allows everyone to understand everyone, the possibilities of transformation of selves, and travel between worlds, sets Vinayan apart from other writers." -Mariam Karim Ahlawat