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  • Reenita Malhotra Hora

Prologue - Arya's Dream

As a child, Arya’s dreams were haunted by Ravana, the demon king of the Ramayana, India’s ancient story of Rama’s battle against demons. It’s been years since he thought of Ravana. His dreams are now filled with monstrous interpretations of real-life bullies from school. Tonight’s dream, however, ends differently. Arya finds himself trapped in the dark lair of Ravana, with no hope of escape. Why had Ravana chosen to come back now? What did he want? Whatever it was, it was clear Arya didn’t stand a chance against him.


  • [00:01] Narrator introduces Arya

  • [00:28] Arya recounts his dream from the night before

  • [00:50] Arya tells of a mythological demon from his childhood

  • [1:57] This dream takes a turn for the worse

  • [2:42] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles

  • [3:05] Next episode teaser


  • Arya, a fifteen year old boy from San Francisco, recounts his dream from the night before

  • Arya recalls how his childhood nightmares were haunted by a mythological demon king, Ravana

  • His current dreams are filled with monstrous imitations of real-life bullies that torment him at school

  • This particular dream ends differently, leaving Arya in the dark lair of Ravana with no hope of escape

  • On the next episode: Arya struggles to fit in at school because of his ethnicity. A terrible accident leaves his mother clinging to life, and Arya continues to be tormented by Ravana, except now it’s not just in his dreams.


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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