Category: Mythology


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  • Krishna In Rhyme

    We’ve all heard about Lord Krishna, with his peacock feather and flute,
    But have you read about the days, he was naughty and cute.
    Before he was the great leader, before the Gita he did share,
    He was the most fun guy in town, the cool dude, we swear!
    Written in lyrical verse with beautiful artwork, this exciting book about Krishna’s childhood adventures will appeal to children of all ages!

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  • State Of Sorrow

    Sorrow all but rules the Court of Tears, in a land gripped by perpetual grief, forever mourning her brother who died just days before Sorrow was born. By day she governs in place of her father, by night she seeks secret solace in the arms of the boy she’s loved since childhood. But when her brother is seemingly found alive, and intent on taking control, Sorrow has to choose whether to step aside for a stranger who might not be who he claims to be, or embark on a power struggle for a position she never really wanted.

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    What were Sita’s choices?
    What was the outcome of the fight of the five brothers against a hundred princes?
    A tale told two thousand years ago, of Ram and Ravan-the sun-prince of Ayodhya who follows the family rules and the king of Lanka who had little respect for others’ choices-is one that has been reinterpreted in myriads of ways, exalting the virtues of the princes. Few notice, however, that the story is actually lead by the girl who chose, Sita.

    The other is the tale of the five Pandavas and their cousins, the hundred Kauravas, who threw out the family morals. Instead of taking care of their five orphaned cousins, the princes burnt their house, abused their wife and stole their kingdom. This is the saga of the boys who fought not for revenge but for dharma.

    The country’s favourite mythologist, Devdutt Pattanaik, empowers and entertains with a double bill of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata for a whole new generation of readers, in his easy, distinctive style. Flip the book and look at the epics in a brand new light.

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  • Daughter from a Wishing Tree, The: Unusual Tales about Women in Mythology

    Did you know that the Trinity often turned to goddesses to defeat the asuras?
    Did you know that the first clone in the world was created by a woman?

    The women in Indian mythology might be fewer in number, but their stories of strength and mystery in the pages of ancient texts and epics are many. They slayed demons and protected their devotees fiercely. From Parvati to Ashokasundari and from Bhamati to Mandodari, this collection features enchanting and fearless women who frequently led wars on behalf of the gods, were the backbone of their families and makers of their own destinies.

    India’s much-loved and bestselling author Sudha Murty takes you on an empowering journey
    -through the yarns forgotten in time-abounding with remarkable women who will remind you of the strong female influences in your life.

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  • Boys Who Fought, The: The Mahabharata for Children

    ‘When you can fight for the meek without hating the mighty, you follow dharma.’In the forest, the mighty eat the meek. In human society, the mighty should take care of the meek. This is dharma. A hundred princes should have looked after their five orphaned cousins. Instead, they burnt their house, abused their wife and stole their kingdom.The five fought back, not for revenge but for dharma.What came of the five’s fight against the hundred?
    India’s favourite mythologist brings to you this evocatively illustrated retelling of the Mahabharata that is sure to illuminate and enthral a new generation of readers.

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  • Girl Who Chose, The: A New Way of Narrating the Ramayana

    “‘You are bound by rules, but not I. I am free to choose.’
    Two thousand years ago, the poet-sage Valmiki wrote the Ramayana. It is the tale of Ram, the sun-prince of Ayodhya, who is obliged to follow family rules and so makes no choices. And of Ravana, king of Lanka, who does not respect anybody’s rules or other people’s choices.
    Over the centuries, hundreds have retold the tale in different languages, adding new twists and turns. But few have noticed that the tale always depends on the five choices made by Sita.

    What were Sita’s five choices?

    India’s favourite mythologist brings you this charmingly illustrated retelling of the Ramayana that is sure to empower and entertain a new generation readers.”

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  • Pashu

    A unique feature of Hindu mythology is the key role played by animals or pashu. ThePuranas, ancient Hindu story chronicles, reveal that Brahma, the creator, had a soncalled Kashyapa, whose many wives gave birth to different types of pashu:• Timi gave birth to animals who swim• Vinata gave birth to animals who fly• Kadru gave birth to animals who crawl• Surabhi gave birth to animals with hooves• Sarama gave birth to animals with paws• Surasa gave birth to animals who defy classificationThis book retells their stories. With over 75 gorgeously illustrated anecdotes, DevduttPattanaik reveals how our ancestors imagined the animal kingdom, and the key roleanimals played in human lives.

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  • Man from the Egg, The

    Did you know that Brahma once had five faces?
    Why do snakes have a forked tongue?
    Do gods cheat?
    Why does Shiva sport a crescent moon on his head?

    The Trinity, consisting of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu, is the omnipresent trio responsible for the survival of the human race and the world as we know it. They are popular deities of worship all over India, but what remain largely unknown are some of their extraordinary stories.
    Award-winning author Sudha Murty walks by your side, weaving enchanting tales of the three most powerful gods from the ancient world. Each story will take you back to a magical time when people could teleport, animals could fly and reincarnation was simply a fact of life.

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  • Serpent's Revenge, The: Unusual Tales from the Mahabharata

    “How many names does Arjuna have?
    Why was Yama cursed?
    What lesson did a little mongoose teach Yudhisthira?
    The Kurukshetra war, fought between the Kauravas and the Pandavas and which forced even the gods to take sides, may be well known, but there are innumerable stories set before, after and during the war that lend the Mahabharata its many varied shades and are largely unheard of.
    Award-winning author Sudha Murty reintroduces the fascinating world of India’s greatest epic through the extraordinary tales in this collection, each of which is sure to fill you with a sense of wonder and bewilderment.

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  • Puffin Mahabharat, The

    “‘A long, long time ago, in the ancient lands of India, known in those days as Bharatvarsha, a family quarrel grew into a bloody war. There had been wars before, and there have been wars since, but that mighty battle between warring cousins of the Kuru clan has become a part of the mythology and history of India. Told and retold a million times, the story of the Mahabharata is about defeat as much as victory, about humility as much as courage. It is the greatest story ever told.’
    Like a modern-day suta or storyteller, Namita Gokhale brings alive India’s richest literary treasure with disarming ease and simplicity. She retells this timeless tale of mortals and immortals and stories within stories, of valour, deceit, glory and despair, for today’s young reader in a clear, contemporary style.
    A brilliant series of evocative and thoughtful illustrations by painter and animator Suddhasattwa Basu brings the epic to life in a vibrant visual feast.
    Matchless in its content and presentation, The Puffin Mahabharata is a book that will be cherished by readers of all ages.”

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    • Author :  Anand Neelakantan
    • Binding : Paperback
    • Pages: 184 pages
    • Publisher : Puffin
    • Date : (21 September 2020)
    • Ages : 8 and up
    • Language:  English
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    Camp Half-Blood FYI will follow on the heels of THE DARK PROPHECY, a treat for readers who want to stay in the world of Apollo and Percy Jackson.

    This funny insider’s guide to the demigod training camp in Long Island will be narrated by none other than Percy Jackson himself, and other favourite characters will be heard from, too.

    In response to an awful camp orientation video created by the god Apollo, Percy Jackson and other residents of Camp Half-Blood answer such questions as “What is this place?” and “Do I get to keep the T-shirt?”
    Newbies can check out the section on the Divine Cabins, read up on Magical Landmarks, and consult the chapter of Training Arenas.

    But Camp Half-Blood Confidential explores much more than just the buildings and grounds. It includes info that can only be learned from those who live there. For instance, campers do not always co-exist in peace and harmony. The camp is not run with superior efficiency. Prophecies do not flow forth with great regularity.

    Sprinkled throughout are stories from heroes who have called Camp Half-Blood home or just passed through on their way to places unknown. Chiron himself introduces the book with a brief history of training based on his millennia of experience. And, of course, divine words of wisdom from the god Apollo himself are included, because the demigod authors would prefer not to be struck down by him, thank you very much.

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    In this gripping follow-up to Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods, demigod Percy Jackson tells the stories of twelve of the original Greek heroes in all their gory, bloodthirsty glory.

    Want to know who cut off Medusa’s head? Which hero was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus, the winged horse? Percy has all the answers . . .

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  • Great Jataka Tales

    Brilliant retellings of some of the world’s and India’s earliest stories, beloved by children and adults alike for over 2,000 years. In a small forest, a hare convinces his friends—a monkey, a jackal and a water-weasel—to share their food with the hungry. But when the hare finds nothing to eat, and a fairy disguised as an old man comes asking for food, what does the hare do? The king of monkeys asks his tribe to keep the delicious mangoes in their forest a secret from humans. But what happens when Brhmadatta, the king of humans, discovers the fruit and wants more of it? A king spots the mysterious and beautiful deer, Sarabha, deep in the woods. He wishes to capture it but falls into a deep chasm on the way. Will Sarabha rescue him? The twenty stories in Great Jataka Tales, retold by the remarkable writer Noor Inayat Khan, have been drawn from the Buddha’s former lives and the legends around him. These tales bring alive a world from long, long ago: a world that shows the importance of courage, compassion, non-violence and love. Written in simple, dramatic prose and beautifully illustrated in full colour, these magical stories will enchant a new generation of readers.

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  • Great Folk Tales of the World

    Travel around the world with this glorious collection of best-loved folk tales

    Harisharman, a poor man from India, pretends he has magical powers and can solve any problem. But what will he do when the king himself asks for his help to find the g old stolen from the royal treasury? In ancient Arabia, Ameen Beg meets a scary ghoul. With just some salt and an egg, he outsmarts the ghoul and makes him run away fast and far. In distant Eastern Europe, a king is furious with his attendant George. The only way George can escape punishment is by finding the mysterious maid with the golden hair. Will he be able to find her and bring her to his king?

    Meet these and many other odd and wonderful characters—wily witches from Australia, brave and just eagles from North America, magician-giants from South America and boastful tailors from Scotland—in these captivating stories. There are tales of love and humour, of adventure and daredevilry, of ogres and animals. Beautifully illustrated and skilfully retold, this collection will thrill and charm readers young and old.

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  • One of the world’s greatest epics retold by a master storyteller—now in a beautifully illustrated new translation.

    Prince Ram, son of Dasharath, is loved and revered by everyone in the kingdom of Ayodhya. But Queen Kaikeyi’s greed and ambition cause him to be exiled for fourteen years. Along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman, he leaves the kingdom for dense forests full of rakshasas. Soon Raavan, the terrifying king of Lanka, finds his way to them and abducts Sita. How does Ram, the bravest warrior of all, cross hills and rivers and the sea to rescue Sita and bring her back home?

    Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury’s delightful retelling of the Ramayana has enthralled Bengali and other readers for over a century. With this vivid translation, a new generation of girls and boys can travel into an ancient world of princes and rakshasas, vanaras and ogres, epic battles and flying chariots, honour and bravery, loyalty and friendship.

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  • Lord Ganesha's Feast of Laughter

    A poor little girl is rewarded with lovely gifts when she feeds a hungry bird all the rice she has. What happens when the girl’s greedy, nosy neighbour hears the story and tries to get better gifts for herself? Why did the once sweet sea water turn salty? How did the learned teacher forget his lessons only to be aided by the school cook? And how did the king hide his horrible donkey ears from the people of his kingdom?
    For answers to all this and more, delve right into another fabulous collection of stories by Sudha Murty.

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  • Ramayana

    “The popular classic in which good vanquishes evil, now in a pocket-friendly version for children

    The Ramayana is one of the best-known epics in the world—the tale of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya, who exiles himself to the forest for fourteen years to honour his father’s word. In the forest, Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana meet new friends and unusual foes, and each day brings new adventures. But Ravana of Lanka, the king of demons, ruins it all by abducting Sita. To rescue her, Rama enlists the help of Hanuman and his monkey army. In the final battle many heroes die and new ones are born.

    In this fast-moving version for children, the ancient tale takes on new life. The traditional ingredients are all there—drama and excitement, gods and princes, love and war, infinite stories within stories, monkeys who cross oceans and carry mountains, shape-changing demons and bizarre monsters—but described with freshness and vitality by Bulbul Sharma. This contemporary retelling, which answers questions and provides explanations, is the perfect first Ramayana for everyone.”

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  • Big Book of World Mythology, The

    The stories in The Big Book of World Mythology will take you on a magical journey across the rainbow, chasing fairies, fighting serpents, riding dragons and reaching for the sun. These tales from the Americas, Asia, Europe, Egypt, Africa and Oceania will introduce you to Great Spirits, shape-shifting trickster heroes, monsters, giants and wicked witches and a beautiful girl who may suddenly turn into a river or a tree, a seal or even just an echo!
    Go an adventure with monkey, spider and serpent gods who make you laugh and learn life’s small and great lessons. Beautifully illustrated, this book offers young readers one of the accessible guides to the world’s imagination!

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  • Indian Folktales and Legends

    Everyone will find a favourite story in this collection of folk-tales and legends. There is the story of Jumman the labourer, who thinks the Qazi of Jaunpur is actually his donkey!…And the strange adventure of Dhania who, stealing out for a midnight snack, gets stuck in honey…Or the account of how a lowly weasel put the mighty Yudhishtir in place…And what happens when Bhim tries to match his strength against that of Hanuman… Culled from all parts of the country, and spanning heaven, earth and the nether world, these stories let us into a world of enchantment, wisdom and loads of fun.

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