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The discovery of a mysterious crystal rock sets three extraordinary young children – Marina, Gautam, and Tenzin – on an epic journey to the lost land of Infinity; a place that promises peace and beauty to the world. However, they soon learn that the evil corporate, Dargate, wants to destroy the island in its quest towards world domination. It is up to the kids to stop them.
Armed with magical stones and a secret mission, the task of saving the world falls upon their young shoulders. They have to find a secret valley in the mountains, spoken of only in legend, and fulfill an ancient prophecy before it gets too late.

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Date de parution 01 juin 2014
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EAN13 9789351940111
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 2 Mo

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The discovery of a mysterious crystal rock sets three extraordinary young children – Marina, Gautam, and Tenzin – on an epic journey to the lost land of Infinity; a place that promises peace and beauty to the world. However, they soon learn that the evil corporate, Dargate, wants to destroy the island in its quest towards world domination. It is up to the kids to stop them. Armed with magical stones and a secret mission, the task of saving the world falls upon their young shoulders. They have to find a secret valley in the mountains, spoken of only in legend, and fulfill an ancient prophecy before it gets too late.


Anuradha Majumdar was a dancer and choreographer before she started writing books like Refugees from Paradise and The God Enchanter. She has published short stories and poetry, often contributing poems for art installations and choreography projects. She has participated in poetry festivals in India and in the Focus India event in Rome. She lives and works in Auroville, and she can be contacted at www.anumajumdar.com.



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To the owl in the banyan tree who spoke of freedom.

Contents
Prologue
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Acknowledgements

Prologue: or, the story so far...
E ver since she could remember, Marina had a dream that would haunt her time and time again. It was a dream of an island, shining in the sea, beautiful, mysterious and crystalline, but it bore no resemblance to any place she could think of. It was strange and fascinating at the same time. As Marina grew up, the dream became more persistent, but every time she tried sharing it with her brother Gautam, he said she was nuts!
Gautam and Marina spent their summer holidays in the hill station of Kodaikanal with their grandfather, Dr. Narayan, and Spark, their talkative pet parrot. Dr. Narayan had been a famous geologist once. His personal rock collection contained a very unusual crystal with intriguing properties, and Grandfather now spent his days studying this crystal with his Italian friend and colleague, Dr. Scarlatti.
Gautam and Marina’s best friend, Tenzin, also lived in Kodaikanal, he was a Tibetan refugee and the grandson of the famous monk, Norbu Rinponche. Tenzin’s father had been captured as the family attempted to flee Tibet from the Chinese occupation when he was three years old. Tenzin now lived in Kodai with his mother, but he longed to return to Tibet to find his father who was still reported to be missing. Would he ever manage? When would Tibet be free? Tenzin studied at a local school in Kodai. He learned about Tibet from his guardian, a warm-hearted monk called Karoo-la, But more on Karoo-la later...
The summer before, Tenzin had told his friends about a strange legacy that he had received from Tibet, a rock crystal and a map that had once belonged to his grandfather, Norbu Rinpoche. As Tenzin described the crystal to them, Gautam and Marina realized how similar it was to the one their grandfather possesed. Both disappeared when held under sunlight! Where did those rocks come from?
Meanwhile, Grandfather Narayan’s article about the rock crystal was published in a science journal. Soon, Grandfather began receiving calls from the Dargate, an international arms organisation, asking to buy the rock at any cost. However, the Dargate weren’t the only ones interested in the rock...
Grandfather’s friend, Madam Michiko, a travelling storyteller from Japan, recounted the fascinating legend of the lost Island of Infinity from where a powerful giant crystal had once been stolen, and as a consequence, the island had vanished from history. Years later, a coded message was found on the back of a sea turtle that washed up on the shores of Japan. The markings on the turtle shell, when uncoded, spoke of Infinity and how the lost island could be found again.
Madam Michiko’s story set Marina’s mind on fire. The island Madam Michiko described sounded exactly like the island in her dreams! If only she could go there. Madam Michiko had a surprise in store for Tenzin too. She had met his grandfather, Norbu Rinponche, during his travels in Japan, when he deciphered the code found on the back of the sea turtle! Tenzin was stunned. Did his rock and map have anything to do with Infinity? And did that mysterious island have anything to do with Tibet? Why had his grandfather sent him those two things when he died, and why was Karoo-la so interested in them?
Karoo-la was Tenzin’s guardian, a Tibetan monk who had escaped to India with a few precious manuscripts when the great Samye monastery was attacked. Now he had a secret library with many treasured scrolls, maps and artefacts. Seeking answers, the three children and Spark went to meet him. Karoo-la confirmed that Infinity had not only existed, but pulled out ample records from his library to prove it! To Gautam’s great horror, Karoo-la did not laugh at Marina’s recurring dream at all, but listened to every detail carefully and even encouraged her to pay attention to them.
Karoo-la showed them records of people from India and Tibet who had gone to Infinity a long time ago, and of people who were still looking for it. He warned the three friends to be careful, though. Some people seemed to be after Tenzin’s map at any cost, for it gave important indications as to where the lost island could be found.
While the children spoke with Karoo-la, Spark kept an eye on things. The little parrot’s wacky investigative flair paid off as he spotted a man lurking outside Karoo-la’s house, and sent him packing in terrific style.
Things took a dramatic turn when Grandfather received a theatening call after he refused to sell his rock to the Dargate. He decided to remove the rock from Kodai at once and take it for safekeeping to Bangalore. As he was going to be away for a while, Grandfather arranged for Marina and Gautam to join the school summer camp in the Andamans, much to their delight. Spark was in seventh heaven for he was going too, but Tenzin got left behind.
Gautam and Marina missed the school boat to the Andamans, and were put on the next cargo ship called The Emerald Voyager . Captain Ali, the ship’s captain, became an instant friend, so did the quiet-eyed Ekas, one of the crew. But there was a snag. They had to share their cabin with the impossible Lady Rukmini, with too many double chins, until Spark gave her a formidable ticking off and their ordeal ended. Spark, euphoric with victory, grew careless, and began showing off. He said too much about crystals and Infinity on the ship’s deck. A newly-hired sailor listened, ransacked their cabin, and stole the map when Marina and Gautam were out. The salior tried to jump ship, but was caught only to reveal that he was working for the Dargate.
The Emerald Voyager ran into a monster storm en route to the Andamans, driving them completely off course. They drifted for nearly two days till they reached a private island, owned by a scientific research project called 87 East. Captain Ali had his doubts about all this, but insisted that his passengers be allowed to disembark while the ship was repaired. The people on the project remained hostile, except for the beautiful director, a Brazilian lady by the name of Dr. Ria Pereira, but no one was allowed near the main premises. What was the big secret? Shipwrecked on the strange island and cut off from the world, even Lady Rukmini grew more human as the days passed, but Marina and Gautam wished they had Tenzin with them. Finally, with a bit of help from Ekas, they managed to call him.
Alone in Kodai, Tenzin heard about the monster-storm and prayed non-stop for his friends lost at sea. If only he could be with them! News that they were safe brought great relief to everyone. It was then that Madam Michiko convinced Grandfather Narayan to let Tenzin go to the Andamans to join Gautam and Marina once The Emerald Voyager returned to port. Thus, Tenzin flew off to the Andamans to wait for his friends, but many unexpected things came his way. Tenzin met an old messenger sea-turtle, learnt more about his grandfather, while an encounter with the Dargate sent him into hiding.
Back on the island, Spark explored the place on his own, having befriended an owl who showed him some strange things. Spark alerted Marina and Gautam. The Dargate were everywhere! In fact, they were running the entire operation. Did

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