Santosh travels alone from Mumbai, where he lives with his mother, to Kolata, on holiday. But he has secret plant to look for his father whom he barely remembers. The train ride brings him into contact with with people quite outside his sheltered world – an eventful prelude to another, deeper, journey. With a refreshingly light and honest touch, Just a Train Ride Away explores the emotional dilemma of a young boy who craves the space for both parents in his life and faces the bitter-sweet reality of estrangement and belonging. A short, quick-read, coming of age novel.
Mini Shrinivasan lives and works in Pune where she writes for children, develops educational radio programmes, works with teachers and children rural schools, and is part of a child rights advocacy group. She particularly likes writings for pre-teens, whom she finds bright, feisty, and fun.
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