Wednesday, June 25, 2014

#BookReview: Junglezen Sheru by Samarpan

On the jacket:

 When the forest loses its royal family, the inhabitants elect Kapi, a monkey, as their leader. Sheru, the orphaned lion cub, is adopted by Muktak, the elephant, who strives to convince him that he is the rightful ruler of the forest. But Sheru refuses to believe this. When Kapi declares that everyone in the forest is equal and all creatures will be known as Junglezen henceforth, Sheru laps up the idea with enthusiasm and gets down to being a committed commoner. What follows is a hilarious account of the downward journey of the strong. The situation becomes catastrophic when the forest faces the danger of destruction by the marauding wolves. Junglezen Sheru is a delightful fable centring on individuality, leadership and perfection. This thought provoking story also makes one pause to think about oneself and one's relation to society.


 It took me a while to sit down and write this review, simply because I am not sure if I can do justice to it. It's easier to read and understand and appreciate a masterpiece but very difficult to put into words, why it is masterpiece. Difficult, lest you fail to give it it's worth.

I wanted to read this book ever since I heard the author's name. So similar to mine! Silly reason yes, but important nevertheless. Before I received the book, I read a bit abaout it and was intrigued. What  unraveled when I turned the pages of the book was a whole new world altogether.

In Junglezen Sheru, author Samarpan, who is a monk, has displayed fine qualities of spinning a tale with a moral. Set in the jungle, this could be a parallel world to the world we human's live. The day is about to end, when the king of the jungle is killed by the hunters and the next morning all the animals meet to elect a new leader. The monkey is elected.Sheru is the orphaned lion cub, and he has a tough time adjusting to and accepting that he too was a commoner now. This is Sheru's story, and how the actual leaders react to crisis while the real reader emerges at the times of stress.

Henceforth, a hilarious story unfolds. The story teaches courage, humility, strength, leadership and about life. A treat for the readers.

Rating: *****/5

[This review is for Pan Macmillan India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]


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