Author: A CollectionTranslator(s)/ Edito: Anant PaiPublisher: India Book HouseYear: 2007Language: HindiPages: 126ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175084790
This set of comic books in Hindi includes 4 titles:1. Aamrpali Aur Upgupta2. Urvashi3. Rani Durgavati4. ShakuntalaProfusely illustrated in multicolors,these comics render absorbing and delightful reading for both children and adults alike.1. Aamrpali Aur Upgupta2. Urvashi3. Rani Durgavati:For all practical purposes, Gondawana (a part of Madhya Pradesh today), the thickly forested region over which Rani Durgavati ruled, was isolated from the rest of the country. A number of sages and hermits made it their home, its very isolation making it an ideal place for meditation. Even though sheltered from the storms that swept over it, it did not escape the cultural and social influences of the north. At one time, a number of Rajput chiefs encroached upon this territory of the Gonds and eventually brought the whole region under their control. For a while the Gonds accepted their new rulers. Soon the desire for independence gripped them and gradually, about six hundred years ago, four independent Gond kingdoms were established. One of then was Garha-Mandala and its founder, Jadurai. Rani Durgavati, the widow of Jadurai’s descendenant, Dalpat Shah is famous for her heroic resistance to Akbar’s expansionist campaigns. How she bravely faced his vast armies with her small army of 500 men will ever be remembered and retold with pride for generations to come.4. Shakuntala:The story of Shakuntala originally appeared in the first book of the Mahabharata where the lineage of the chief characters is detailed. It was later adapted with minor changes into a play by Kalidasa, the great Sanskrit poet and dramatist.Shakuntala was the daughter of sage Vishwamitra and Menaka, a celestial maiden. When Shakuntala was born she was abandoned by Menaka. Sage Kanva found her and made her his foster daughter. One day King Dushyanta hunting in the forest met and wed her and returned to his palace promising to send for her. Later when Shakuntala goes to his court he denies her. But in the end the truth of her claims is proved and the couple are united forever. And it is claimed that it was their son, Bharat, a direct ancestor of the Pandava and Kaurava princes, who gave our country its name-BHARAT.