Title: Curious Tales From The Himalayas
Author: Shaguna Gahilote & Prarthana Gahilote
Illustrator: Jit Chowdhury
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
Cover Design: Meena Rajasekaran
Age Group: 8 years+ (publisher recommends 9+)
“The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.”-Muriel Rukeyser
The best thing about folktales is that they take you to places connecting you to the people in a more authentic way and this book by the Gahilote sisters does that more beautifully.
The stories are set across the Himalayan ranges in the lands of Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarkhand, Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, North Bengal, Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan.
From a hungry red fox encountering a frog looking for enlightenment in Ladakh to the tale of flying monks set in Arunachal Pradesh, every story in this book is refreshingly unique.
The stories are witty, endearing, heartbreaking and enlightening.
The book gives its readers a glimpse of the lifestyle of the people, their cuisine, occupation, the landscape and the wildlife in the Himalayan ranges that are sure to leave a slice of Himalayas in the hearts of the reader.
What I liked particularly about the book is that at the end of each story there is a mention of the different versions of the same story that has been told over ages.
Overall, this lovely book holds the magic of taking you to the Himalayas through its folk tales if only you choose to pick this book.
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