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This one book is a definite must for all parents who want their kids to read Indian stories rather than just Harry Potter, Nancy Drew, Enid Blyton, Hardy Boys or God forbid Twilight series!!!!!

Its called, ‘One Hundred and One Folktales From India‘ written by Eunice De Souza. The book, as is self explanatory, is a collection of folktales from all across India-from Kashmir, to Nagaland, to Assam, to Konkan, to Kerala etc. Some tales are new, never before chronicled, or rarely narrated in such collections. While some are very popular, well known stories.The book is divided into 6 parts, each having a separate theme. There are stories about magical beings, about kings and queens, heroes, Gods, clever men and women, saints and sadhus, of famous personlaities like Akbar Birbal, Tansen, Tenali Raman, of beasts and birds and several more!

The language is simple, clear cut, easy for the youngest children to grasp and coupled with superb black and white illustrations done by Sujata Singh, these tales are sure to entice kids. The stories can also be enjoyed by adults who have little time to read and want short, simple, witty stories. Its a great book to read if one is travelling short distances. One can easily read five to six stories in about 15 minutes since most stories are one or two pages only. Its a good way to revisit one’s childhood when such stories were popular to read or get in touch with Indian folktales.

Despite its collection and marvellous illustrations, many parents would prefer buying some other folktales books like the Amar Chitra Katha or Aesop fables books. The former is in general very popular and its colourful illustrations along with the comic book style format will surely catch the eye of any young kid more than Eunice De Souza’s ‘One Hundred and One Folktales From India.’ That’s one and the only disadvantage of the book. There are just so many better, more vibrant, colourful books about India’s rich folktales and mythology that both parents and kids might prefer that. They may view De Souza’s book as just another big, fat, long, textbook type book that completely discourages them from buying it. Of course, a parent can definitely influence a kid’s choice!

Apart from that, ‘One Hundred and One Folktales From India‘ is a brilliant collection of stories, fables and folktales that allows any reader, with its simple language, to get a glimpse of India’s rich stories!

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Aakanksha is from Amchi Mumbai and loves reading, and blogging about the books she reads, loves a little bit of gardening and like writing random poems, flash fiction stories and articles. You can check more of her in her personal blog, Book Cafe

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16 comments

  1. Mani

    Thanks for the review . But I have two points that I don’t agree :)
    First – God forbid Twilight series- why ? whats wrong with the twilight series? :) The grammar seems to be intact. Imagination is there and doesn’t it speak about the triumph of good over evil? :P Well I myself have read the Jataka tales, Panchatantra , and also numerous books from Children’s trust of India , and I feel one should experience and read as much as is possible with an open mind.
    Secondly though illustrations do matter a bit, a good book will be liked irrespective of that if it has an interesting and child friendly story line

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    1. Aakanksha Singh

      Well, the grammar in the twilight series is good, so is the writing but its a series I dont think is appropriate for kids! Its sexist and just repeats stereotypical notions of love and relationships!
      Yes,I agree that illustrations do matter but it is the storyline that should matter more. But I was kind of thinking from a child’s point of view. As a kid, I would have preferred the illustrated works rather than the above book! But now, I dont mind reading something like this book, irrespective of whether it is illustrated or not!

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      1. Pranjal

        but about twilight… i don’t think a 10-12 year old kid has enough intellect or even needs to learn about complex matter as relationships and vampires being in love with humans- Tenaliram would be much better

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        1. Mani

          I agree Pranjal. Twilight was never written for kids. I guarantee, a kid who is younger than 14 years will not find it interesting nor will they read it,so no worries there, but if my teenage daughter chooses to read it, I will not stop her either.I am just amused at the antagonism towards Twilight. I mean why? :)

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          1. Anney

            I agree with Mani…Twilight is an excellent book and Harry Potter is vivid in its imagination…one must keep an open mind when reading. I must say, that as a twelve year old, my kind of books were def. ones with no illustrationa as they were easy to get from my library…no one wanted them!!!!
            LOL….I loved folk tales and indian stories…

  2. Nona

    I don’t know about the rest as I don’t have the luxury over reading that book. But one thing I disagree is the statement about parent’s can influence their kids choice.

    I just had the first hand experience today (it is one of those many) – my son did not want anything other than Geronimo Stilton. Period. There was nothing I could do to convince him otherwise. Not KFC, a trip to theme park and not even caning.

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    1. Aakanksha Singh

      Well, yeah, I guess the kids can be stubborn and determined to get what they want all the time! I just mentioned that parents can influence their child, hoping that they can and will encourage their kids to read this book as well along with the other amar chitra katha type books because as Mani mentioned, it is necessary to read with an open mind and get experience!
      Thanks!

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