One of India’s favorite authors, Sudha Murty, has a Diwali gift for children – her latest book “The Sage with Two Horns” in which she tells many lesser-known and fascinating stories that have been lost in the pages. from Indian mythology.
This is the fifth and final book in his âUnusual Tales from Mythologyâ series featuring kings and queens, gods and goddesses, sages and extraordinary men and women of wisdom. It is the sequel to “The Egg Man”, “The Serpent’s Vengeance”, “The Upside Down King” and “The Wishing Tree Girl”.
Over the course of the five volumes, Murty went through different versions of the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Bhagavad Gita in different states and languages.
âThey may seem different in many ways, but the common thread remains the same in all versions. Some secondary characters mentioned in mythology have their own stories to tell with their own perspectives on life, âshe says.
Each book is independent of the other, but even together they are far from exhaustive, she writes. Published by Puffin, the book has illustrations by Priyankar Gupta.
“The sage with two horns” tells stories ranging from quarrels between gods and the follies of the great sages to the benevolence of kings and the virtues of ordinary people.
Murty says there is a powerful force in the universe that can be called by any name. âThis force is an eternal witness to our actions, good and bad, and is always there to guide us if we pay attention to it and listen to it carefully,â she says.
Murty has written novels, technical books, travelogues, short story and non-fiction collections, and bestselling children’s books.
According to Sohini Mitra, Associate Editor at Penguin Random House India, there’s no better way to celebrate and soak up the festive spirit than to experience the joy of a story well told by ever-favorite Sudha Murty. .
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