Two children opposite in nature, outlook and social standing come together to take the readers on a hilarious yet eye opening ride, a ride packed with witty moments and actions aplenty too. Myths are busted; faces revealed and the so-called upper class snobs stands exposed. Lessons are also learnt.
Princess Keya of Pompuspur ( ‘Pom-puhs-poor’) true to the qualities of a real princess , is lady-like that’s till the bug called ‘tween’ strikes her, and then all hell breaks loose. The entire Surya Mahal shivers, King Ferrlip becomes jittery till the final blow knocks him off. Princess Keya fed up with the pretensions expected of her, decides to quit. But is it that easy? ……Enter Nyla a tomboy, a willing replacement for Keya. But the T&C attached to the task is not that easy. Princess Keya sets out to train and tame Nyla. That’s when all the action begins. The girls discover their inner strengths and learn to overcome their weaknesses. Actions and dramas aplenty follow, and finally after exercising the reader’s cheek bones the final moment descends, a moment of suspense. What happens?……Well, I’ll leave it to you the reader to discover the climax. 🙂
A thorough entertainer, ‘Twice Upon A Time’ scores a perfect five on the characterization front. The characters each one of them be it the insignificant ones like royal window-boy an Lady La-Di-Dah of the Society of Snobs or the central ones like Princess Keya and Nyla are so well- etched out that you can’t help but visualize them, and this is what exactly works for the story. Along with adding life to the scenes they invite the reader to get fully involved in the story.
Dotted with some truly wonderful illustrations by Sandhya Prabhat, 'Twice Upon A Time' is a reflection on that phase called childhood, a phase replete with innocence, tantrums and mischief.
The best part about this story is the witty narrative that is quick to grasp. The satire is subtle and the language is fluid. The author has taken care to avoid the monotony by using idiomatic expressions and a lot of figures of speech.
With a nearly perfect character sketch of the two girls, the author aces the test. Their contradictory personalities are enjoyable. While Keya is like a princess, Nyla comes across as gamine and clumsy at times. They are doppelgangers. And when they meet, they set the alarm bells ringing.
Area B: Illustrations The cover of the book neatly presents the main idea of the plot. The illustrations (in monochrome) strike the right chord and have been brilliantly done. How I wish these illustrations were colourful! Alas!
Area C: Characterization and Theme With the aid of the exemplary description, the protagonists are made interesting. ‘Be yourself’ forms the central theme of the story and the author stresses the importance of breaking the conventions that plague the society.
Overall, ‘Twice Upon a Time’ has a tangy twist in the tale as it is a story about life, achievement and more about finding yourself in today’s world!
This book speaks about breaking stereotypes but not in a very serious way, so its suitable for all ages. It is written with great detail, and is amazing to cure your boredom. This book is just amazing.