The Puffin Book of Classic Indian Tales for Children

The Puffin Book of Classic Indian Tales for Children

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Author: Meera Uberoi
Publisher: Penguin/Puffin
Year: 2002/5
Language: English
Pages: 200
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143335405


An ideal gift for children, this stunningly illustrated and elegantly produced large format book is a glorious celebration of the richness and diversity of Indian myths and folktales.

The gods and the demons come together to churn the ocean using the mountain Manthara and the serpent Vasuki to get the elixir of immortality. Urvashi, the most beautiful woman in all the worlds, created by the god Narayana from his thigh, descends to earth only to fall in love with a mere mortal. Savitri tricks Death into doing something he has never done before. Emperor. Akbar challenges Birbal to find the ten biggest fools of Agra.

These and many other tales of boons and curses, love and betrayal, wit and humor, velour and pride, drawn from the ‘Mahabharata, Ramayana, Panchatantra’ and traditional folklore of India, are brought together in this fascinating collection. Meera Uberoi’s retelling brings to these stories a freshness and charm which will delight readers old and young.

‘The Puffin Book of Classic India Tales for Children’ is a glorious celebration of the richness and diversity of Indian myths and folktales. Accompanied by stunning illustrations by some of the best artists in the country, this book is a must for every bookshelf.


Churning of the Ocean
The Brahmin who ate up a God
The Singing Ass
Who’s the Greatest?
The Boy who Became the North Star
Bhishma’s Sacrifice
The Cave that Talked
Krishna and Kalia
The Man from Kabul
Durvasa’s Boon
The Sparrow’s Revenge
The Scholars and the Lion
Krishna and Rukmini
The Magic Potion
The Kidnapping of Sita
The Wise Minister
Uruvashi and Pururavasa
The Princes Get a Gugu
The Burning of Lanka
A Friend in Need
Shiva and Sati
The Holy Parrot
The Eye and the Bird
The Touch of Bhasmasura
Devayani and Kacha
Ekalavya’s Gugu-Dakshina
Kalidasa’s Shakuntala
The Magic Pot
Naranth Prandhan and Bhadrakali
The Rabbit who fooled the Elephant
Bhima and Vakasura
The Jasmine Princess
How Ganesha Got his Elephant Head
How the Bulbul became Kind of Birds
The Warrior Goddess
Walking on Water
Savitri and Satyavan
Ganapati and the God of Wealth
The Welsher
The Snake in the Prince’s Belly
Arjuna Wins Draupadi
The Ten Fools
God in his Wisdom
Indra Cons Karna
The Chataka Bird
The Brahmin and the Goat
The Death of Abhimanyu
The Making of a King’s Jester