HarperCollins Childrens Books
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19th century fiction
Bali And The Ocean Of Milk weaves a certain event from ancient Indian mythology into a complex narrative set in the 21st century, the event being the significant one of the churning of the Ocean of Milk.
Indrah, the omnipotent king of Amravati is losing his power and vitality to a mysterious affliction. Elsewhere, in the kingdom of Tripura, Indrah's Asura counterpart, Bali, is just as worried. Tripura is under serious threat from internal as well as external forces. An assassination attempt on Bali reveals the weakness of his supposedly invincible protectors.
As it turns out, there is only one antidote to dispel the cloud of impending doom hovering over Amravati and Tripura, and that antidote happens to be the mythical nectar called Amrit, which can be obtained by churning the Ocean of Milk. If the Gods and the Asuras wish to save their respective Lords and kingdoms, they must set aside their long-standing enmity and come together to accomplish this enormous feat.
This mythological narrative, staying true to its modern avatar, introduces 21st century elements like mobile phone cameras, Facebook, the use of hair colour and low-fat milk, and animal rights violation. With action-packed hilarity and a set of colourful characters like scheming Gods, psychotic Asuras, and cheeky Apsaras, the narrative shifts from being a mere mythological retelling to being a page-turning thriller of murder, mystery, and intrigue.
Bali And The Ocean Of Milk was first published in 2011 by Harpercollins.
About Nilanjan P. Choudhury
Nilanjan P. Choudhury is an Indian corporate professional turned writer.
As of September 2012, he has written one book, Bali And The Ocean Of Milk.
Armed with degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur) and the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), Choudhury spent several years in a corporate setting, until a midlife crisis forced him to rethink his career choices. He subsequently joined an NGO in the field of education. He lives in Bangalore with his wife and daughter.