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  • Reenita Malhotra Hora

Episode 1 - Arya Bin Laden

Arya’s parents could have chosen any other school for him to attend but they chose the one place with no other South Asian kids. The bullies are relentless and anything to do with his ethnicity has become the building block of unpleasant school experiences. He knows better than to react with violence but today he just can’t take it anymore.


  • [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm

  • [00:19] Arya responds to bullies at school

  • [04:00] Arya finds himself in the headmaster’s office

  • [05:49] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles

  • [06:00] Next episode teaser


  • Arya is frustrated that his parents sent him to the only school in San Francisco where there are no other South Asian kids

  • Arya is relentlessly bullied at school because of his race and ethnicity

  • His ma has taught not to show vulnerability or react with violence but he can’t hide his frustration any longer

  • His reaction lands him in the headmaster’s office where he is given an unconventional homework assignment

  • On the next episode: Arya talks to his mom about his struggle to fit in at school. Arya is invited by a friend to a halloween party.


Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.

An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (

Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara.

The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (

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Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose.

Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl

Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic

Chapter 18 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic

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