‘Ringo and the Yogi’ by Prasun Roy is an adventurous and thrilling tale with a serious and thought provoking tale.
The storyline is beautiful with a simple and engaging plot for the readers of all age groups.
The plot revolves around Ringo, a ten year old school boy with astonishing bravery and courage, and a hundred year old yogi, Sambhu, one of the true messengers of the gods.
The story is brimming with adventure, thrill, mystery and above all, a pivotal message for all the inhabitants of mother earth. The plot seems to have been inspired from recent disaster in uttrakhand consisting of landslides and floods, owing to human activities, depletion of natural resources and degradation of environment.
The theme is wisely chosen with lighter elements infused appropriately along with serious and grave matters which are the need of the hour.
Language is simple and lucid with an easy going manner. Narration and description is vivid, picturesque and engaging. There are hardly any errors depicting well done editing. Characterization is done well with main characters of Ringo, a relatable character with a sense of bravery, sensibility and willingness to take riaks and Sambhu, a yogi who preaches importance of natural resources and preservation of earth to all mankind in a subtle way.
I found the cover attractive and creative especially for children. Title is simple and mediocre hinting towards adventures encountered by Ringo and the Yogi. Blurb is concise and crisp, making the readers want to pick up the book.
Overall, a light read with a heavy message, preaching about the need to conserve the environment and inculcate various virtues in children ranging from courage and bravery to faith.