The story revolves around a poor girl named Inaya whose beloved goat, Munni, was stolen from her by an evil politician. This evil politician was known for the havoc he created in the city by blaming different groups of people. In this story, he targets Inaya’s neighbourhood, the Moon Colony in order to win the elections by blaming them for things they haven’t done.
Inaya is helped by a kind dwarf named Charlie who works in a circus. The two set off on an adventure to the police station and the house of the evil politician where they meet Billi, a Bengal tiger. The story of Inaya and Charlie beautifully incorporates other stories like Sadako’s paper cranes which bring hope and the chance of possibility in impossible situations; and the story of Charlie’s grandma which makes you believe in determination. These stories make the book one epic story. The author connects the chapters in a way in which you just want to keep reading. The plot of the story has a proper mix of reality and fiction—all the situations, the bribery and manipulation that Inaya goes through to save her goat actually happen in the real world, but the ways in which they solve it are fictional.
Please read the Author’s Note in the end as it has a connection with the story and is very interesting. The story is set in the contemporary time as the things I mentioned above—bribery, manipulation—happen in today’s world also and is a good reference to raise awareness. In this story, goats are considered holy animals, and it is supposed to be wrong to kill goats, sell them or eat them.
All in all, I liked the story and could almost imagine it as if it were a movie for the descriptions make you feel that you too are part of the adventure with Inaya and Charlie. I really hope you enjoy the story as much as I did. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and suggest it for the age group of 8 to 12 years.
Anagha Rao studies in grade 8 at Sri Kumaran Children’s Home-CBSE, Bangalore, Karnataka. She loves to read, paint and play badminton.