Author: Manoj DasPublisher: RupaYear: 2003Language: EnglishPages: 139ISBN/UPC (if available): 8129102587
In this collection, the writer has made an experiment (it was in fact an inspired step) in reconstructing some of the stories from the Panchatantra, the Jatakas and the Kathasaritsagara. This is done through two characters from the folklore, Samanta, the master, and Abolkara, the companion-cum-servant. They are indefatigable travellers. Whenever Abolkara sees something that intrigues him, he refuses to move unless his master reveals its mystery to him. This background helps me to let Abolkara see something associated with one of the ancient tales. Samanta then not only reminds him of the original story, but also narrates to him what happens after the point at which Vishnu Sharma or Somadev had stopped.These satires presented through an ambience of fantasy are few in the genre in which serious themes are presented in a satirical and humorous vein.
PrefaceThe Lady Who Died One and a Half TimesThe Last DemonessThe Lion Who Sprang to Life After a CenturyJewels from the SkyThe Last NightThe Tiger and The TravellerA Turtle from the BlueThe Stupid ServantStory of a Strange Last JourneyThe Princess and the Story-TellerHe Who Rode the TigerSharma and the Wonderful Lump