They find themselves in The Seeker’s School, where you can buy spiritual courses that will bring you enlightenment. While the seekers seem unaware that there is anything amiss, Chinmay and his friends stumble upon a strange and sinister plot that the teachers and students are caught up in. The three youngsters suddenly find themselves in danger, and their only hope is the charismatic Siddharth, an old student of the school who has come to visit. Chinmay discovers that Siddharth is seeking catharsis from his dark past by writing a book—a book with Chinmay as the protagonist. He realizes that his own story is a mirror image of Siddharth’s, which leads to a moment of reckoning for him: can he become the author of his own life?
Set in Madras in the early nineties, The Reengineers dispels the boundaries between fiction and reality to tell a tale that is as much a coming-of-age story as it is an inspiring narrative of self-empowerment and spiritual growth.
A secret portal that gives one access to a hidden world – reminds me of the Chronicles of Narnia. There ends the similarity though. The rest of the story is about Chinmay, who is struggling hard to cope with his broken family and nursing a broken heart. Once Chinmay, Anu and Sabi are in Conchpore they realize they are in the campus of the Seekers’school and have strange experiences that leave them changed for the better.
The language is impeccable, the narrative though slow in the beginning picks up pace when the protagonist reaches Conchpore and from there it is an admirable read. The book is enjoyable and no matter what age the reader is, s/he can find something inspirational from the book. Though classified as Young Adult, the story has something for everyone. The story reflects portions of everyone’s lives.
I live in London, balancing a full time day job with writing and studying a part-time Master’s Course in Creative Writing at The University of Oxford.
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