DEHRADUN, Nov 3
The debut novel of Suraj Kothiyal titled “The Lost Devtas” was launched on Friday by former Chief Minister and MP of Haridwar, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, a poet by himself .
In his address, Ramesh Pokhriyal congratulated the young writer and praised his efforts to bring to light the magical and sacred culture and tradition of Himalayas by means of his book. He emphasized that Uttarakhand is known as land of gods and by reading this book the young generation will not only come to know about the different devtas but also the history of Dehradun.
The story of the book revolves around the seven governing dhols of Himalayas that have gone silent with the sudden death of the head Priest, Nilatma. But moments before his death, Nilatma revealed the secret of magical stone to Rakho Ameya, the caretaker of Bhairav devta’s dhol. However Rakho Ameya found a similar stone with a young boy named Neer at Nilatma’s funeral. The story is based on this young boy who comes across a magical stone and is destined to carry on the legacy of Nilatma, the head priest of Himalyas.
The book illustrates the expedition of Najib khan, the cruel tribal chief of Rohilkhand and founder of the city Najibabad. The story is inspired from many historical events and uses many prominent places that still exist. The readers, who are from Uttarakhand or have travelled to this state will find an automatic connect to the book.