New book tells the story of a lively little monkey who helps his family and the clan in spite of the dangers he must face

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Varun Malhotra announces the release of ‘Chimpu and the Tiger’s Shadow: Book 1’

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It highlights how animals are facing hardships in an increasingly limited habitat and how we can restore a fairer balance between humanity and the animal world

A year or so ago, Varun Malhotra’s granddaughter then aged 4 started developing an interest in bed time stories. Soon, they ran out of books or just found some of them silly. Because of this, they decided to start creating their own characters that eventually led to the book “Chimpu and the Tiger’s Shadow: Book 1” (published by Xlibris UK), a story about a lively little monkey who lives in the jungles of India atop the crumbling ramparts of an old Indian fort and is curious to explore his world.

Every morning, the monkeys made an offering to the Monkey God of bananas, fruits and nuts to thank Him for his blessings. But as the food ran short in winter, the monkeys could only make meagre offerings. Food was running out for the monkeys of the fortress and it saddened them that they could only offer measly offerings to their Monkey God. As a clever monkey, Chimpu soon realized that there was no other alternative but to somehow get fruits from the forbidden forest. Laying on the other side of a vast lake full of crocodiles and other dangerous creatures including a huge tiger known as the Tiger of the Cave, Chimu went to the forbidden forest to bring back as much fruit as he can. However, he should get out of the forest before dawn. Will he make it back?

“This book looks at animals from their perspective rather than from a human angle. It highlights how animals are facing hardships in an increasingly limited habitat and how we can restore a fairer balance between humanity and the animal world,” Malhotra says. “It has a beautiful message for children to respect and love the animal world. Like Chimpu, they should be willing to help their family and the clan in spite of the dangers.”

When asked what she wants readers to take away from this book, Malhotra answers, “For young readers to feel a bond with the animals and be curious to learn more about our jungles and forests and those who live in them.” For more details about this book, please visit

“Chimpu and the Tiger’s Shadow: Book 1”
By Varun Malhotra
Softcover | 8.5 x 11in | 28 pages | ISBN 9781664115422
E-Book | 28 pages | ISBN 9781664115415
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Varun Malhotra is 70 years old and retired. The inspiration for this book and his other related books comes from his childhood living in the outskirts of Delhi, India on the edge of marshlands, which would turn into huge lakes in the monsoon season.

Xlibris Publishing UK, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider dedicated to serving authors throughout the United Kingdom. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 0-800-014-8620 to receive a free publishing guide.

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