Overview for Grandmother's Tales
Itâ€™s late in the evening; the house has fallen silent, the lights are dimmed. The children gather around Grandma, clamouring for a story. What will it be tonight, a fairy tale of sleeping princesses and flying horses, a funny yarn about a wily animal and an unsuspecting human, or a chilling account of a bloodthirsty demoness that will drive sleep from the childrenâ€™s eyes? This book contains ten thrilling, imaginative and amusing grandmotherâ€™s tales that have been all-time favourites with children. Here is the story of the prince who finds a beautiful princess in a sky-piercing tower, spellbound in sleep, with a golden stick at her head and a silver stick at her feet. Then there is Hiraman, the magic singing bird, who saves a good king from his scheming rakshashi queen. On the lighter side, there is the story of the barber who is confronted with a terrifying Mamdo Demon, but undaunted, proceeds to trick the spectre into submission; while a Brahma Demon finds the afterlife a little too complicated for his comfort when his wives from previous lifetimes turn up to seek his company. For all those who love speaking animals, thereâ€™s the tale of the otters Hondu and Bhondu, who, unable to divide a fish between them satisfactorily, end up losing it to a cunning jackal; and of Phos-phos, the snake who tries to be non-violent but finds the going difficult since people wonâ€™t take him seriously as a snake unless he raises his hood. Retold with extraordinary flair and ingenuity that bring these age-old stories to life for a new generation of readers, and accompanied by superb illustrations that add a whole new dimension to the imaginary landscapes, Grandmotherâ€™s Tales is a book all children will want to lay their hands on.
Reeta Dutta Gupta (Author)
Reeta Dutta Gupta worked as a freelance journalist contributing articles, reviews and interviews to The Times of India and the Hindustan Times, among others. Her first childrenâ€™s stories set in Africa appeared in two anthologies: The Nose Doctor and Best of Target Stories. She is the author of Rabindranath Tagore: The Poet Sublime, Salim Ali: Indiaâ€™s Birdman and Subhas Chandra Bose: The Passionate Patriot. Reeta Dutta Gupta passed away in November 2005.