He may be only thirteen, but Ashwin knows that he is going to be a superstar. Specially with the arrival of his new cricket coach, Rafiq the driver. As the son of the district collector in a small town in central India, Ashwin has little to worry about, except for his mother's annoying pregnancy and his father's alarming principles. Smart, funny and highly resourceful, he manages to steer his way through fierce turf battles between friends, a powerful crush on his history teacher and the bossy ways of a nosy aunt. But it is only a matter of time before he stumbles upon the world of prejudice hidden behind the veneer of the idyllic small town, from which nobody is immune, not even his best friend Ravi. Fast and fun, but with an edge that can hurt, The Sacred Grove is a story about growing up in troubled times.
About the author
Daman Singh graduated with an honours in Mathematics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi, in 1984. On a whim, she went to the Institute of Rural Management, Anand, for further studies and worked in rural development for twenty years. She lives in Delhi with her husband, son and dog.
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