Hello, my name is Pooben Narayanen and I’m the author of the Mount Hope Explorers Club. I live in Mauritius, a little island in the South-West corner of the Indian Ocean. I’m married, with two boys, Rajanathan and Kartik and they’re the ones who inspire me to write.
As for the Mount Hope Explorers Club and the Great White, how did I come up with the idea? In 2004 a diver by the name of Jean-Claude Lortal took the picture of a female great white shark off the northern coast of Mauritius. In the pictures that were taken, you can see that the shark is very relaxed. The photographer explained how the shark was not at all aggressive. It circled the photographer and the rest of the divers before swimming away. You can read about it here. If you would like to find out more about the different species of fish that can be found in the lagoons around Mauritius you can visit the Ministry of Fisheries website and also Wikipedia.
I hope that you’re going to enjoy the book or that you have enjoyed it if you’ve already bought the book. Please feel free to send me your thoughts and any ideas you may have for any adventures that you would like to see Ételle, Om and Aditya partake in.