Tales From Thakurmar Jhuli Twelve Stories from Bengal

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  • Edition: Large
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-12-02
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Bringing together twelve stories fromThakurmar Jhuli, originally compiled by Dakshinaranjan Mitra Majumdar in 1907, this book opens a window to the true spirit of grandmother's yarns. From 'Dalim Kumar', the story of a prince who has to match his wits against a demoness to save his brothers to 'Fox the Schoolteacher', a morbid tale about a wily fox whose evil deeds leads to his own downfall, these stories are told in a language that is simple and full of rhymes and songs. Originating in centuries-old tales passed down through generations in the villages of Bengal, the collection recovers the fast-disappearing heritage of traditional fairytales that were once an oral legacy of every child in India. These twelve stories-freshly translated for the volume and accompanied by evocative line drawings-capture the spirit of the original stories while retaining their readability.

Author Biography

Dakshinaranjan Mitra Majumdar was a distinguished writer of stories for children in Bengali. One of his major contributions to Bengali literature is a four-volume compilation of Bengali folk and fairy tales, of which Thakurmar Jhuli (Grandmother's Bag of Tales) is the best loved.

Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Preface to the Original by Rabindranath Tagore
Introduction by Bharati Ray
'Sheeth and Vasanth'
'Neelkamal and Lalkamal'
'Princess Kalavati'
'The Champa Brothers'
'Dalim Kumar'
'Kanchanmala and Kankanmala'
'The Gold Wand and the Silver Wand'
'Sukhu and Dukhu'
'Brahman and Brahmani'
'Fox the Schoolteacher'

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