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Book to Thrill

City-based teacher Mahendra Vaidya is all set for the release of his first book — a collection of five short stories.

City-based teacher Mahendra Vaidya is all set for the release of his first book — a collection of five short stories.

A young city boy is left to vacation with his grandparents in Konkan when his parents have to go abroad. Bored at home,he ventures out to explore the area,only to find out that he is being watched by someone in the lush coastal forests. What unfolds is the story of how the little boy finds out who his unknown watchers are and how they teach him important lessons about life,love and the ecology. This story and four others are a part of the soon-to-be released Marathi book Savangadi (Ravindra Prakashan,Rs 300) by Mahendra Vaidya,who has been teaching for the last 13 years.

Looking forward to how his first book is received,Pune-based Vaidya says he has always enjoyed storytelling. “I used to tell stories to the children at the local Ganeshotsav programmes. I had so many ideas in my head and some of the stories were very close to my heart,” says the 40-year-old,now teaching chemistry and environmental science at a school in Hadapsar.

Confined to the bed while recuperating from a knee operation last year fired up Vaidya’s imagination and pushed him to pen his stories. “I had nothing to do. The words were collecting in my head and I thought penning them down would be a creative outlet for me,” he says,adding that he finished the entire book in three months — just as long as it took for the knee to heal.

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Vaidya,also a wildlife lover,says Savangadi features two stories based on wildlife. The other stories include two paranormal thrillers and one spy thriller.

Savangadi will be released on March 23 by noted Marathi actor Smita Talwalkar.