ISHA AND THE HEDGEROW-FOLK ISBN978-1-5437-0850-9
Malvika Dekhane, author
This is the story of a girl Isha aged eleven and the hedgerow-folk - the little free-beings like mongoose, rats, hedgehogs and little birds living in and around the hedgerows. The story revolves around their problems, how they face them and solve them together. It also stresses the importance of family, family-values and love for Nature. \tIsha’s happy family comprises her parents Mihir and Rajeshwari, baby brother Neil and granny Indi. While returning from a vacation their car meets with an accident. Several mishaps follow. These include Rajeshwari going into coma; Indi suddenly slipping into deep sleep; an attempt on Isha’s life; kidnapping of Neil, to mention a few. A foul play is suspected. Who is behind all this? A very disturbed Isha meets the hedgerow-folks and befriends them. They unite to investigate. The situation worsens when the villains want to oust the family from their house. The villains also want to remove the hedgerow and make the hedgerow-folk homeless. How do Isha & the hedgerow-folk deal with the grim situation? Hedgerows are part of Earth’s lungs. They are an important habitat. They should be preserved.