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Praise for Magical Indian Myths


Fortunate is the child who receives this beautiful book as a new year present. The stories are simply told, though never patronising in tone, and are short enough to be read at one go by the young reader, or to be read about to children without taxing the patience of the adult reader or the attention span of the little listener. The book contains 50 tales from Indian myths, and at under Rs 10 a myth, is very good going indeed.

India Today

Whether it is the Dasavatara or Vishvamitra’s rise to brahmarishi status or the moon’s waxing and waning, none of the 50 tales in this book is new. But the slightly irreverent tone and language gives it a new feel.

The Hindu

The best thing about this book is that the myths she recounts are relatively fresh, and therefore not done to death already. She treads a fine line. The language is simple enough for a six or seven-year old to grasp, and yet, not childish. Her descriptions are rich, vivid and action-packed. Unlike other mythical tellings, she doesn’t digress to explore issues of higher consequence.

Midday

Apart from the efforts of Anant Pai, there hasn’t been much quality literature on Indian myths, written from a child’s viewpoint. Nair has finally filled this lacuna. Her stories are short, and dealt with as simply as possible to present complicated mythological tales. She passes no value judgment, yet, shows that even the gods are not always fair, while even the demons are sometimes higher in virtue.

The Week

Fortunate is the child who receives this beautiful book…. The stories are simply told, though never patronizing in tone, and are short enough to be read at one go by the young reader, or to be read aloud to children without taxing the patience of the adult reader or the attention span of the little listener. Charmingly written…the content of this book is consistently absorbing and provides mythological answers to questions that fascinate children.

India Today

Full of nubile nymphs, grotesque demons and philandering gods, this is one interesting read that’s sure to send its young readers into a fantasy world.

Apart from the efforts of Anant Pai, there hasn’t been much quality literature on Indian Myths, written from a child’s viewpoint. Nair has finally filled this lacuna. Her stories are short, and dealt with as simply as possible to present complicated mythological tales. She passes no value judgment, yet, shows that even the gods are not always fair, while even the demons are sometimes higher in virtue.

The Week

Magical Indian Myths, a collection of 50 myths belonging to Indian culture, knows exactly how to tell a myth, making it an exceptionally successful book in its genre and ‘a must have book’ for your child’s collection. It possesses all the qualities that make myth telling fascinating. Firstly, the 50 myths in the collection are very well selected.

Secondly, the narration is simply fabulous. The stories are well told. They are short, crisp and clear and do not weave confusing yarns as mythological literature can at times do.

Parenting

Nair had recounted each story with such finesse that the characters seem to come alive.

Asian Age


The best thing about this book is that the myths she recounts are relatively fresh, and therefore not done to death already.

She treads a fine line. The language is simple enough for a six or seven-year old to grasp, and yet, not childish. Her descriptions are rich, vivid and action-packed. Unlike other mythical tellings, she doesn’t digress to explore issues of higher consequence.

Midday

Nair spins her tales with finesse, telling the reader how the sun became less fierce, how Bali lost his kingdom, why Ganga came to earth.

The Pioneer

Coming after the rollicking Living Next Door to Alise about a boy Siddharth and a baby elephant, Magical Indian Myths is pure magic. Children apart, you too could up your mythology quotient. Nair has written another book on a similar subject: The Puffin Book of World Myths and Legends.

Mint, Hindustan Times

 

 

2008
MAGICAL INDIA MYTHS
BY ANITA NAIR

The bestselling author of
The Better Man
and Ladies Coupe
ISBN 014 333004
Publishers: Penguin Books
Price: Rupees 499

 

 

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