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  • Reenita Malhotra Hora

Episode 7 - Rishiji

Arya discovers that he has landed in the Wild Woods, the mythical jungles described in the Ramayana. But how this came to be, is a mystery to him. Soon after Arya arrives, he meets a forest hermit known as the Rishiji, who speaks in riddles. He sets Arya forward on a journey through the Wild Woods to accomplish urgent tasks before he can go home to heal his sick mother. Before parting, the Rishiji gives Arya his first task which is to protect the last copy of the Ramayana that he holds in his hands. Arya is even more confused but one thing he knows for sure: he was right about the Ramayana and he will do whatever it takes to return home and heal Ma.


  • [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm

  • [01:06] Arya takes in the mysterious surroundings of the Wild Woods

  • [02:13] Arya speaks with the forest hermit about why he is in the Wild Woods

  • [07:53] The forest hermit assigns Arya his first task

  • [10:52] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles

  • [11:14] Next episode teaser


  • Arya discovers he is in the Wild Woods, the ancient jungles described in the Ramayana

  • Arya speaks with a forest hermit known as the Rishiji, who explains how Arya ended up in the Wild Woods but leaves Arya with more unanswered questions

  • The forest hermit gives Arya his first task, which is to keep the last copy of the Ramayana away from those who want it

  • On the next episode: Arya meets more colorful characters in the Wild Wood


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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