Tuesday, October 27, 2009


After his father's death,

28year old Philip East wick

returns from university to

look after the family estate.

One day he learns of the

demise of his father’s

friend and a relative Lord Sebastian.

After the funeral he asks the daughter Alice,

now a young lady, to come and

live with them on their estate.

Alice, now orphaned, Accepts his invitation.

On her arrival she meets

young Henry another cousin.
They become good friends.

Henry, having

finished high school

Plans to go to the university next year.

Henry is an extraordinary boy

and a prodigy.


Philip employs Atkins a retired professor

To teach Alice and Henry.

Although a dogmatic believer in science,

 Atkins is often defensive before

 Henry’s radical insights

and his strange beliefs

in mysteries of nature.

 Henry argues that

Nature is full of mysteries,

 still beyond the reach of science.

We must accept natural

phenomena  without skepticism.

 He says and  in order to understand

Nature,

One has  to be in

complete empathy with it

rather than confront it.

Nature chooses its own moments of revelation for

the one who has faith and belief in Its existence.


Alice finds Henry’s insights

illuminating and sees new worlds

opening up before her.
The three Alice, Henry and Philip

go out riding together.

They sing, dance, play

the piano and are

exhilarated in

each other's company.

 Alice with the help of Henry also befriend

the small mysterious town folk.

Along with their new little friends,

Alice and Henry begin to explore the

magical ‘peacock forest’.

She gets to know many interesting tales

about the forest

Which is also known as lover’s paradise.

Henry tells her that the forest reveals itself only to a fortunate few

and it has its own rules.

To everyone’s pleasant surprise

the peacock forest takes a liking to

Alice and starts revealing

Wonderful things in her

presence. Like the forest, Alice too is magical.

Philip's mother tells him that it

is  time he should be getting  married

but Philip is wary of the 'society' girls around.

Lucia suggests that

Alice would make a good wife.

One day, Philip is visited by his old friends,

A poet and a writer.

Having heard  interesting tales about the forest,

They decide to have a picnic there.
While partying, they come

across Samuel, a local town boy

nicknamed Cacofonix.

The boy’s passion for playing

the violin was

great, but he was never any good at it.

One day, Cacofonix leaves home and

nobody has heard of him since then.

 Now suddenly a changed Cacofonix appears and to everybody’s

surprise Samuel plays lovely music on the violin.

They all talk about the mysterious nature of the forest.

 Philip, who considers himself a realist,

says that he does not believe in such things.

 He declares that the tales about

the peacock forest

 are all made up and that there is no truth in them.

The party suddenly gets

animated with the poet sighting a

golden peacock.

Except Alice and Henry no one

seems to have seen it.

The poet explains that it is because

none of them believes in it.

 They all discuss this.

 One day, in town, Henry and Alice meet Edward

the son of their Driver.

Edward tells them about his trip on the

Pushpaka Vimanam (a celestial vehicle, which has always a vacant seat left).

There he sees the local postman

who was behaving strangely.

He tells them about the post

man, who wanted to get down

half way through as he

suddenly remembered his young

wife who is long dead.

 It was rumored among the town folks that

he was suspicious of his young wife and

her death is still a Mystery.

Later, from the townsfolk, Henry and Alice

learn of the death of the

 postman, who had died in his sleep of a heart attack.

Philip proposes to Alice

 and decides to gift the peacock forest to

 her on the day of their

engagement.

But he first wants to put a fence around  the forest.

When Alice and Henry find out, they

protest. Alice argues that

the peacock forest is nature’s gift to everyone,

Should not be fenced

Philip tells them that they have no knowledge of

business matters.



Alice disagrees

 saying that since

the forest is his gift to her

she would like it to belong to

everyone.


To her displeasure Philip goes ahead

with the fencing

On the day of their engagement,

Philip discovers that Alice is missing

They look all over

 the peacock forest but do not find her.

Only Henry and his little friends know that

she has become another mystery of

the peacock forest.

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