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Arundhati "Aru" Shah is a character that features in the novel Aru Shah and the End of Time, Aru Shah and the Song of Death, and Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes written by Roshani Chokshi and edited by Rick Riordan. She is the reincarnation of Arjuna.
After being called a liar by her classmates, Aru Shah lights the lamp of Bharata to convince them that she isn't. Lighting the lamp releases a monster known as the Sleeper. Once the Sleeper leaves, Aru finds that everyone around her has been frozen in time and that only she can move. She runs to find her mother, only to find that she's been frozen as well. She goes back to the lobby of the museum, where the stone statue of an elephant starts to move and 'speak', a voice booming from inside. The stone elephant's mouth opens, and Boo flies out, revealing himself as the source of the noise. Boo asking where the Pandava brother, only one of Pandava brothers could light the lamp. And when Aru says it was her who lit the lamp, Boo stated they might as well let the world end. She then finds her soul sister and soul father and embarks on an extraordinary journey through Hindu Mythology.
Aru Shah hid under a table with Mini when the Night Bazaar was attacked by zombies. When they were found she launched Vajra, which she was having trouble using, at them and chased a thief, another one of her Pandava sisters. Boo saves the two girls after they got surrounded, but when they arrived at the arena, Aru found thief fighting over a bow and arrow with a girl that looked exactly like her. The thief, who turns out to be Brynne Rao, and Aru are accused of stealing the bow and arrow which belongs to Kamadeva. They are allowed to prove their innocence by retrieving Kamadeva's bow and arrow in ten days. So, Aru and Mini, along with Brynne and Aiden (Yes, the boy she accidentally word-vomited on and on whom she most definitely does not have a crush) must journey through the Naga Realm and retrieve the god of love's bow or be banished from the otherworld forever.
Fourteen-year-old Aru Shah and her friends are sent on a mission to rescue two "targets," one of whom is about to utter a prophecy that could mean the difference between victory and defeat. Turns out the targets, a pair of twins, are the newest Pandava sisters, though the prophecy says that one sister is not true. When the Pandavas fail to prevent the prophecy from reaching the Sleeper's ears, the heavenly attendants ask them to step aside. Aru believes that the only way to put the shine back on their brand is to find the Kalpavriksha, the wish-granting tree that came out of the Ocean of Milk when it was churned. If she can reach it before the Sleeper, perhaps she can turn everything around with one wish. The plot of the book is that, after a botched rescue mission of Nikita and Sheela Jagan (Reincarnations of Nakula and Sahadeva respectively), Aru,Mini, Brynne and Aiden, as well as Rudy, must find the real Kalpavriksha (a tree that can grant wishes) as according to Sheela's prophecy.
Aru Shah is short-ish, lean and medium-skinned. She has medium to long hair which is usually in a braid
Abilities and Tools
- Pandava Mind Link: She shares a telepathic mind link with her other Pandava siblings. Originally, she could only communicate with Mini, however, since meeting Brynne, Nikita and Sheela, she is now able to connect with them too.
- Water-Induced Abilities: Due to Uloopi's relationship with her previous incarnation, Arjuna, the queen has granted her water-induced abilities.
- Underwater breathing: Aru can breathe underwater.
- Zoolingualism (limited to Marine Life): She can understand and talk to marine animals like fish.
- Vajra: It is her main weapon, a lightning bolt from her spiritual father, Indra. She wields it in battle in a wide variety of ways, Vajra having the ability to transform into other lightning-based forms. When she is not using it, she turns it into a bracelet. The bolt always returns to her hand except through divine interference. Celestial weapons can’t fight other celestial weapons.
- Board: She can turn it into a long hover board that multiple people can stand on.
- Javelin: She can throw it like a javelin at her targets.
- Net: She can turn it into a meshing net and use it to capture enemies.
- Light Emission: She can use the ball form of Vajra to emit a bright light to help her see in the dark and stun her enemies.
- Rope: She can turn it into a lightning rope and bind and enemies hands and feet.
- Sword: She can turn it into a lightning sword and fight off enemies with it.
- Aru's name derives from the Sanskrit word aru (अरु), meaning sun. Her surname is derived from the Sanskrit word sadhu (साधु), meaning saint.
- This is ironic, considering the fact that Arjuna's - whose reincarnation is Aru - main rival in the Mahabharata was Karna, who was the son of the Sun God, Surya. Karna is the secret Pandava, the eldest of the Pandava brothers.
- According to an interview on ReadRiordan, Aru has called Mini "the strangest best friend and sister I definitely did not ask for."
- Aru is the first protagonist of a Rick Riordan Presents book.
- Her favorite color is green.
- Her favorite dessert is tiramisu.
- Her favorite superhero is Spider-Man, though starting with Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes she is more into Iron Man.
- Aru likes Swedish Fish
- According to Aru Shah and the Song of Death, her birthday is February 15.
- She also loves movies, quoting and referencing them many times, such as her telling The Sleeper to not say he's Inevitable, as that is Thanos' line. She also references movies such as LotR, Harry Potter, etc.
- Her name is the same as the sage Vashista's wife: Arundhati. Vashishta was the priest and preceptor of the Ikshvaku Clan, the clan of Lord Rama.
- Aru would never wear denim on denim