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  • Reenita Malhotra Hora

Episode 4 - Rite of Passage

As Arya nears his 16th birthday, his parents decide it’s time to have his Thread ceremony, a sacred right of passage for boys in their culture. They also plan to invite his friends from school. Arya can’t believe this. It will ruin everything. He just recently stopped being bullied, but his parents just don’t understand. When Arya tries to convince them that other families don’t live like them and don’t care about their traditions, Arya becomes even more upset. Blinded by his anger and frustration, he lashes out at his parents, leaves the house, and finds himself in trouble on the streets of San Francisco.


  • [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm

  • [00:16] Arya and his parents argue about the importance of religious ceremonies

  • [02:14] Arya lashes out at his parents

  • [2:47] Arya leaves and vandalizes a local grocery store

  • [4:27] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles

  • [4:47] Next episode teaser


  • Arya’s parents want to have his Thread ceremony, a sacred right of passage for young boys who are coming of age in the Indian culture

  • Arya’s parents want to invite families and Arya’s friends from school to join them for the ceremony

  • Arya gets angry, lashes out at his dad and then leaves the house

  • In his anger, Arya vandalizes a mural on the side of a grocery store

  • In the next episode: Ma tries to help Arya but gets into a car crash.


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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