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More Tales of Birbal

Anant Pai (Editor)
Synopsis The wit and wisdom of Birbal had endeared him not only to Akbar, but also to vast majority of the subjects of the Mughal Empire. He had the rare distinction of achieving immense popularity during his lifetime, next only to that of Akbar. He was a good administrator, a brave soldier and perhaps what pleased Akbar the most, a good jester. Barely known is the fact that he was also a good poet. He wrote under the pen-name, "Brahma" and a collection of his poems is preserved in the Bharatpur Museum. Though popularly known as Birbal, his real name was Meheshdas. It is believed that he belonged to a poor Barhmin family of Trivikrampur, (now known as tikawanpur), on the banks of the River Yamuna. It was only by virtue of his sharp intellect that he rose to be a minister at Akbar's court. His phenomenal success made many courtiers jealous and, if the popular accounts are to be believed, they were ever busy plotting against him. According to the prevalent legend, even his death, while heading a large military force on an expedition to Afghanistan, was due to treachery. Though he was killed in the battle, the expedition was successful and subdued the turbulent province. Akbar had found a true friend and sympathizer in Birbal. Of the few followers who belonged to the new Din-e-Elahi faith preached by Akbar, Birbal was the only one Hindu in its fold. This Amar Chitra Katha comprises of three volumes of the tales and escapades of Birbal, the just, the witty and the genius.
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About the author

Anant Pai

Anant Pai was the creator of the two most popular comic book series, Tinkle and Amar Chitra Katha. His works deal with the retelling of mythological tales, folk stories, and biographies of historical figures. He has been considered one of pioneer creators of Indian comics.

He has been associated with works like Fact Fantasy, Funtime, and Funland, all of which are education comic strips. Rekha, Ramu and Shamu, Little Raji, and Kapish are some of the comics he had created.

Born in Karkala, he was brought up by his grandfather after the death of both his parents. He then moved to Mumbai and attended the Orient School in Mahim. He had acquired dual chemical technology degrees from the University of Bombay in Chemical Technology. He was also an expert in personality development. He had conducted several personality development classes for teens and children. He had also founded Partha Institute of Personality Development, 1978. He has published several books dealing with this, such as How to Develop A Super Memory, How To Achieve Success, and How Develop Self-confidence. He was awarded by the Lifetime Achievement Award at the very first Indian Comic Convention in 2011. He married Lalita, and the couple lived in Mumbai. On 24th February, 2011, Pai died of a heart attack.

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Bibliographic information

Title More Tales of Birbal
Author Anant Pai
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2008
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 8184821549, 9788184821543
length 32p., Figures; 23cm.
Subjects Children