As unique as the name sounds, “The Taura” by Vimal Chandar is one of the few books which invoke the elements of mystery, wonder, suspense, and curiosity together at the same time while also ensuring that the readers remain interested in the text throughout. The author shows the opposite forces of light and dark at loggerheads which form a unified whole of the text quite effortlessly. In the midst of this, he builds up characters who tell their stories and get involved in each other’s lives at an unconscious level.
Chandar picks up the plot from the few raw materials he has available and moulds them into the book as a whole to keep the readers interested in a tale they would have less heard of. The motif of journey operates in the background as the lives of different characters are depicted in light of this. At the same time, the author raises a variety of themes which include friendship, freedom, a sense of belonging, connection among human beings, and the struggles of human life.
Through his work, the young debuting author shows his artistic talent and ability to give words to the story that would be less known and unheard. Dividing the book into 10 chapters, the author develops the plot in a smooth and fluid manner. “The Taura” is recommended to all readers who want to read a breath of fresh air in literary writing, which keeps them glued to the text and also keeps them interested throughout the development.