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  • Reenita Malhotra Hora

Episode 3 - Dangerous Choices

Desperate to earn the respect of the popular kids at school, Arya is willing to do whatever it takes to fit in – no matter how dangerous. He begins lying to his parents about his reckless behavior, convinced they wouldn’t understand why it’s so important to be popular. Ma tries to connect with him through the only common ground remaining: The Ramayana. Will its ancient lessons be powerful enough to help Arya, or will he continue to ignore his mom and her warnings?


  • [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm

  • [00:20] Arya goes to a party where he is baited to steal something in order to prove himself

  • [04:03] Arya acts out in order to fit in with a group of what he mistakenly thinks are ‘popular’ guys from school

  • [6:08] Arya is officially one of the popular kids now

  • [09:10] Arya’s begins lying frequently to his parents about him and his new friends’ after school activities

  • [10:57] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles

  • [11:13] Next episode teaser


  • Arya goes to a Halloween party and is almost caught stealing in order to prove himself to a group of what he mistakenly believes are popular guys from school

  • Desperate to fit in, Arya shoplifts from San Francisco's most famous record shop

  • Through several dangerous activities, Arya finally proves himself and is welcomed by the (not-so) “popular” kids

  • Arya begins to lie frequently to his parents about his dangerous after-school activities with his new friends

  • Despite their strained relationship, Arya and his Ma find common ground through the Ramayana

  • In the next episode: Arya’s parents plan a traditional ceremony for Arya. Arya’s parents confront him about his behavior


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 (

The podcast features

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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