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Tales from Indian Epics

Bhagawatha

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Publisher: Chandra Publications, LLC

ISBN:0-9711223-0-X

Pages: 306 pages, 29 Stories 21 Illustrations, 4 Color Plates

Front Jacket: Wedding of Shiva and Parvati

Back Jacket: Ardhanarishvara (Elephanta Caves, Mumbai, India)

Line Drawings: Pramila Viswanath

Tales contains timeless classics such as the legends of Shakuntala, Damayanti, Savithri, Bhagiratha, Harischandra, Urvashi and Devayani; rare treats such as the tales of Astika, Jadabharata and Madalasa; abridged versions of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata; and stories from the Bhagawatha Purana

Table of Contents Reviews Sample Story

Excerpts: "Valmiki had been mulling over in his mind a great epic. It was an extraordinary tale of love, courage, sacrifice and adventure. The characters were larger than life and epitomized the virtues he cherished. Even the villains were grand, though they had fallen from the path of righteousness. The story had to be told in poetry. He was sure of it. But the choice of meter was still a mystery. How should he begin this great work? What should the opening lines be?" -Valmiki

"A swan that had wandered into his garden from the palace gardens of Vidarbha had been the messenger. Nala and Damayanti had traded messages with each other in notes tied to the claws of the bird. They had shared their likes and dislikes, hobbies and songs. They had begun to love one another, never having met, yet with a feeling that they had known each other for ages." - Nala and Damayanti

 "Shiva was lulled by the beauty of spring and his mind wandered a little. As he opened his eyes, he saw Gauri with an offering of a rosary of lotus seeds. Her beauty and devotion captured his heart. His firmness was shaken like the agitation of the sea at moonrise. He instantly fell in love with her. He was about to accept the rosary when he suddenly noticed the mischievous Kama, gleefully watching. Shiva's embarrassment turned into anger. His third eye opened momentarily. A flame of cosmic fire shot from it instantly consuming Kama and turning him into a heap of ashes." - Shiva and Parvati

 These excerpts are just a taste of the 29 classic tales included in this exciting book.The essence of major works such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, stories from the Puranas such as the Bhagawata, and plays by luminaries such as Kalidasa have been adapted for the modern reader. Preserving the underlying spirit of each story, the author has provided a window into ancient Indian life and culture. Thought provoking and entertaining, Tales from Indian Epics is a delight for readers of all ages and backgrounds.