The AdvenChaar series debuts with ADVENCHAAR, ADVENTURE! This is Part One of the ADVENCHAAR AND THE TREASURE IN THE TUNNELS (A4T4) trilogy. It recounts the exploits of four youngsters and, over the course of the three parts, will take readers to India, Japan, France and Singapore.
Amanat and Aman Shoor (non-identical twins), Ayelan Jaanazad and Aura Baaz are the lead characters.
In A4T4, they seek and find a giant South Indian treasure trove that was brought to Pune in the 19th century and hidden away from colonialist looters. In the process, they solve clues in several languages and create mayhem through self-created words (termed as ‘Auracles’ and ‘Ayeronies’). During this adventure, they battle various villains including gang-lords, goons, lady villains, evil androids and traitors. They also combat their own growing-up pains, insecurities, tragic pasts and phobias.
Our heroes are aided in this exploit by their elders; three androids: Sensei-bo, Ooki-bo and Kirei-bo; the executives of a Japanese android manufacturing company; a historian; a mystic; a treasure warden and the heir; the staff of Shoor Mansion; and numerous fans, collectively called the Achaar Yaar.
The entire series will likely span five adventures.
It was in the Spring of 2005 that an epiphany hit me. I was contemplating several book projects of different genres – from the humorous to the ribald – when the innocent concept of youths as adventurers struck me. I had chanced upon a creative motherlode. From then on, the AdvenChaar took off. The group’s name is a pun on the terms ‘Adventure’ and ‘Chaar’. The latter means ‘Four’ in Hindi. This is a series of tales of four youngsters who get involved in adventures of various kinds.
The first book is AdvenChaar & The Treasure In the Tunnels or A4T4. It is in three parts and comprises at least 320,000 words. It is based in India, Japan, France and Singapore and spans the period between the early 1800s and the present day. In it, the young quartet seek an ancient treasure hidden inside tunnels. While uniting the descendant of a long-lost heir with this treasure, they solve clues in several languages; battle human and android villains; and guide us on the path of rightness – using humour, intelligence, logic and violence – lots of violence. Incidentally, there is a lot of humour as well.
The trilogy is written and ready except for illustrations, developmental editing and copy-checking for parts Two and Three.
Part One, ‘ADVENCHAAR, ADVENTURE!’, is being launched as a 488-page e-book. Subsequently, I will commission and release the print version based on pre-orders. The e-book for Part Two should be out later this year, while Part Three will be released as an e-book this winter.
It took me just over 10 years to plan out the entire series, which should span at least five books dealing with five different adventures.
The second adventure – AdvenChaar and The 16 Pure Annas (A4PA16) – is already in the works, with about 40,000 words written. While largely based in India, this adventure will also take the quartet to the Mediterranean, the Levant, North Africa, South-East Asia, and East Asia.
This is the launch product for HIT VEDA HOLDINGS, my Singapore- and India-based company, which will primarily deal with publishing projects and inventions of various genres.