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An Elephant Called Malla Prasad

 
Ashok Singh (Author)
Synopsis

An Elephant Called Malla Prasad, is a book written for children in the age group of ten to fifteen years. It is the story of a bull elephant who is bought as a little calf in the Sonepur fair by a local landlord. The story has a Behari background and revolves around the landlords cowshed near which the elephant lives. The Zamindar is a lover of animals and has seventy five cows, eight bulls, two horses, and several camels who all, except for the bulls, befriend the elephant. The cows call the bulls male chauvinist pigs and give them interesting names. They are Headache, Neckache, Hoofache, Legache, Rumpache etc. The village quack proves that the camels urine is divine and cures many diseases, so the villagers give them pharmaceutical names. They are Brufen, Glaxo, Cadilla and Ranbaxy. The two horses are the wise old residents of the cowshed. Malla Prasad has his own problems. He lives in a land of ancient beliefs and superstition. Because of them, he is not allowed to go anywhere near a female elephant. He himself wants a wife, a spouse, and sometimes comes to heat and goes berserk. He loses most of his friends (the two horses and the camel) in a booth capturing mission during the assembly elections and sees them go drashing to the ground with bullets in their hearts. He does not understand the violence the humans inflict on each other, and on the other animals and starts hating them. He however meets his nemesis one day in a marriage party where he is instigated by a drunk human and kills the latter. The dead persons family get enraged and finally shoot him down.

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About the author

Ashok Singh

Ashok Singh born on 2nd July, 1953, obtained his B.Sc. and LLB degrees from Lucknow University.  From his student life he has actively been participating in politics as a member of the Congress Party.  From the very beginning he has taken keen interest in labour problems on national level.  He is President of INTUC (U.P. Branch) and National Vice President, INTUC, Vice Chairman, National Committee on Child Labour, Member Board of Trustees, Employees Provident Fund, M/o Labour, Govt. of India.  He is also President, Indian National Defence Workers Federation, Sr. Vice-President, Indian National Electricity Workers Federation, President, National Sugar Mill Workers Federation etc.  As a prominent INTUC leader he has been invited to represent labour of India at Seoul (S. Korea), Rome, Tokyo, Geneva, Manila, Singapore, Beijing, Istanbul, Kathmandu, Chicago etc. in international conferences and symposiums.  Presently National Vice President, INTUC, 4 Bhai Veer Singh Marg, New Delhi.

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Bibliographic information

Title An Elephant Called Malla Prasad
Author Ashok Singh
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8187075589
length 195p.