13 episodes

Shadow Realm is the magical, coming-of-age tale of Arya, a teenager who is tormented by demons. Anything to do with his ethnicity, food, traditions or the fascinating mythological stories he has been raised with, has become the building block of unpleasant school experiences. In the wake of an accident that confines his once-vibrant mother to a hospital ward, kept alive by tubes and machines, Arya clings to the only remnant of their bond: an old, battered copy of the Ramayana, India’s ancient epic story of Rama’s battle against demons. One night, Arya falls through a fault in the earth into the Wild Woods, where Ravana, the demon king, strategizes to destroy his Ramayana—the last copy left—and threatens to rewrite history from his evil perspective. Will Arya be able to save the story of Rama, heal his mother and return home to tackle the demons in his ordinary world?

Shadow Realm Reenita Malhotra Hora

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 254 Ratings

Shadow Realm is the magical, coming-of-age tale of Arya, a teenager who is tormented by demons. Anything to do with his ethnicity, food, traditions or the fascinating mythological stories he has been raised with, has become the building block of unpleasant school experiences. In the wake of an accident that confines his once-vibrant mother to a hospital ward, kept alive by tubes and machines, Arya clings to the only remnant of their bond: an old, battered copy of the Ramayana, India’s ancient epic story of Rama’s battle against demons. One night, Arya falls through a fault in the earth into the Wild Woods, where Ravana, the demon king, strategizes to destroy his Ramayana—the last copy left—and threatens to rewrite history from his evil perspective. Will Arya be able to save the story of Rama, heal his mother and return home to tackle the demons in his ordinary world?

    11 - Pandu's Injury

    11 - Pandu's Injury

    The aftermath of Arya’s recklessness leaves the vanaras homeless and Pandu badly burned. His wounds need Deep Medicine that is made by a mysterious Medicine Woman who lives further South on the outskirts of the Dark Side of the forest. Her exact location is unknown and dangerous. Desperate to help, Arya looks to the Ramayana to try to find the way. Using his imagination, he is able to interpret the story of Hanumana’s journey and find a path. Arya and his companions set out on a dangerous journey to find the Medicine Woman and bring back the deep medicine for Pandu.
     
     IN THIS EPISODE: 
    [00:04] Previously on Shadow Realm  [00:20] The vanaras are upset with Arya for his reckless use of the asthra [01:06] Pandu is badly burned and the vanaras lack the medicine to heal him [2:01] Arya learns of the medicine woman of the backwaters but no one knows how to find her [03:30] Arya looks to the Ramayana to help find the way to the medicine woman [4:24] Arya uses his imagination and is able to find the path to the medicine woman [05:43] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles  [06:16] Next episode teaser  
     SYNOPSIS: 
    Some of the varnaras are upset with Arya for having the asthra and using it recklessly, but others trust that Rishiji has a plan for him.  Pandu is burned very badly and the varnara lack the medicine that he needs Arya takes it upon himself to find the Deep Medicine made by the medicine woman of the backwaters  No one knows how to find the Medicine Woman so Arya looks to the Ramayana for information Using his imagination, Arya interprets the story of Hanumana’s journey and finds the path to the Dark Side.  In the next episode: Arya and his companions finally find the mysterious Medicine Woman  
    Links Mentioned:
    thearyachronicles.com
     
    CREDITS:
    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 (http://www.kanniks.com/).
    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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson)
    The podcast features 
    Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/)
    Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) 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
    Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify.
     If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter. 
    Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles.
    For more information visit thearyachronicles.com.

    • 6 min
    10 - Baalchorni

    10 - Baalchorni

    With his new weapon in hand, Arya is eager to fight but soon learns he may not be as ready as he thinks. While walking through the forest helping the vanaras search for food, Arya and his friends meet the hideous and evil Baalachorni. As she begins to threaten to harm a baby vanar, Arya becomes angry and retaliates. His reckless actions create devastating consequences to the innocent vanaras around him and cause him to doubt whether he could really rise up to be Arya the Protector.
     
     IN THIS EPISODE: 
    [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm  [02:00] Baalachorni teases and threatens the vanaras [03:34] Arya acts rashly and accidentally sets the vanaras’ village on fire [06:20] Rishiji feels terrible about putting the varnaras in harm’s way [07:24] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles  [07:42] Next episode teaser  
     SYNOPSIS: 
    Arya comes face to face with Baalachorni, the great demon who has been terrorizing the varnar tribes In his haste, Arya fires the Astra bow and accidentally sets the forest ablaze Rishiji shows Arya the error in his actions and questions his intentions In the next episode: One of Arya’s vanar friends is badly burned and Arya blames himself  
    Links Mentioned:
    thearyachronicles.com
     
    CREDITS:
    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 (http://www.kanniks.com/).
    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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson)
    The podcast features 
    Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/)
    Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) 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
    Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify.
     If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter. 
    Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles.
    For more information visit thearyachronicles.com.

    • 7 min
    09 - The Divine Weapon of Fire

    09 - The Divine Weapon of Fire

    Rishiji appears once more to instruct Arya in the ancient customs and history of their world. For many years, Rishiji and the vanaras have waited for a descendant of the Arya race to come and protect the Wild Woods from Ravana’s plot to erase their history. A detail in Arya’s family lineage confirms their prophecy and his name reveals his role in the Wild Woods’ fight against evil. His arrival is no mere coincidence. It finally clicks. Arya knows what he has to do and it’s a journey even larger than he ever would have believed.
     
     IN THIS EPISODE: 
    [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm  [00:17] Rishiji and Arya speak about Arya’s purpose [03:33] Arya receives a lesson in Vedic martial arts [06:58] Rishiji presents Arya with a divine weapon of fire [10:00] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles  [10:22] Next episode teaser  
     SYNOPSIS: 
    Arya learns an important detail about his family lineage from Rishiji Arya discovers the real reason he was sent to the Wild Woods and accepts the challenge to be Arya, the protector of the people Rishiji instructs Arya in the ways of the Vedic martial arts Arya receives his asthra, a divine weapon of fire  In the next episode: Arya comes face to face with an evil enemy  
    Links Mentioned:
    thearyachronicles.com
     
    CREDITS:
    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 (http://www.kanniks.com/).
    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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson)
    The podcast features 
    Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/)
    Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) 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
    Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify.
     If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter. 
    Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles.
    For more information visit thearyachronicles.com.

    • 10 min
    08 - The Vanars

    08 - The Vanars

    Arya’s head spins with what he just heard: Ravana is alive? It can’t be! From the time he was a young boy, he had read stories of this demon’s defeat in the Ramayana. Yet the vanara tribe who have been threatened to near extinction and Rishiji, the wise sage he met earlier in the Wild Woods, all confirm it as the truth. For years, Ravana lay dormant but since his return, he has been seeking to destroy the Ramayana and rewrite history to prove that good never existed. The only thing keeping him from succeeding is now in Arya’s hands - the last surviving copy of the epic Ramayana. 
     
     IN THIS EPISODE: 
    [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm  [01:11] Arya meets the Vanara tribe [02:40] Arya learns of Baalchorni, an evil demon who has been after the vanara tribes [05:21] The vanaras invite Arya to join them for dinner  [08:10] Arya tries to understand the very real threat of Ravana  [12:30] Arya is asked to help the vanara fight against Ravana  [13:44] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles  [14:02] Next episode teaser  
     SYNOPSIS: 
    Arya meets the friendly yet valiant vanar tribe, the only race capable of forming Hanumana’s army  The vanaras tell Arya about Baalchorni, an evil demon in the Wild Woods who preys on young vanaras Arya is shocked to learn that Ravana is not dead Rishiji, the wise sage of the Wild Woods, explains Ravana’s evil plan to take control over all the lands and how Arya’s epic Ramayana is the only remaining copy  Rishiji and the vanaras ask for Arya’s help to fight Ravana and save the creatures of the Wild Woods In the next episode: Arya searches for a weapon and tries to understand Ma’s wishes   
    Links Mentioned:
    thearyachronicles.com
     
    CREDITS:
    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 (http://www.kanniks.com/).
    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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson)
    The podcast features 
    Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/)
    Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) 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
    Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify.
     If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter. 
    Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles.
    For more information visit thearyachronicles.com.

    • 14 min
    07 - Rishiji

    07 - 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.  
     
     IN THIS EPISODE: 
    [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  
     SYNOPSIS: 
    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   
    Links Mentioned:
    thearyachronicles.com
     
    CREDITS:
    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 (http://www.kanniks.com/).
    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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson)
    The podcast features 
    Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/)
    Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) 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
    Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify.
     If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter. 
    Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles.
    For more information visit thearyachronicles.com.

    • 11 min
    06 - Tunnelling

    06 - Tunnelling

    Unable to sleep, Arya is startled when his bed begins to violently shake and the floorboards tilt and crack. Arya is used to earthquakes but this was no ordinary quake. Suddenly, a large fault opens in the middle of his room and he can’t resist the strong magnetic force that keeps pulling him further and further into a black unfamiliar abyss. Arya finds himself in a beautiful yet completely unfamiliar place. It’s clear he’s no longer in San Francisco but where is he, and how did he get there? 
     
    IN THIS EPISODE:
    [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm [00:20] Arya falls through a fault that splits his bedroom floor [02:06] Arya finds himself in a new world [04:05] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles [04:23] Next episode teaser
    SYNOPSIS:
    • An untimely earthquake creates a large fault in Arya’s bedroom floor
    • Arya is pulled by a mysterious magnetic force into a black abyss
    • Arya finds himself in a beautiful, yet unfamiliar place
    • In the next episode: Arya explores this new world and meets someone unexpected
     
    Links Mentioned:
    thearyachronicles.com
     
    CREDITS:
    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 (http://www.kanniks.com/).
    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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnie_Wilson)
    The podcast features 
    Arya Vir Hora as ‘Arya’ (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7845578/) (https://www.backstage.com/u/aryavirhora/)
    Vishesh Chachra as Rishiji, Pa, Nicolas, Ranga, and Surayu (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5189387/) Reenita Hora as Ma, Medicine Woman - (reenita.com) Danish Farooqui as Chimpu, Ravana, and Elias (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7211550/) Laura Smith as Balchorni, Athena, the Doctor, and Jackson’s mom (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269470/) Kal Monsoor as Buddha, Head of School, and Hanumana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0543964/) Avinash Muddappa as Pandu, Gopu, and Raja (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8765273/) Asha Noel as Female Vanara, Nurse, and Adriana (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6340920/) 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
    Episodes are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Music is available on Spotify.
     If you are already a fan of the show, tap the share button in your podcast player and post this trailer on Facebook or Twitter. 
    Or text it directly to someone you know who’d love to journey through the Arya Chronicles.
    For more information visit thearyachronicles.com.

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
254 Ratings

254 Ratings

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Great podcast

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I love this show especially on Saturday morning’s I like to answer them myself and go g.g.
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