Oct 172012
 

Published By: Anjana Publishing

Story: Bhakti Mathur

Illustrations: Maulshree Somani

Rs 350

 

 

Prince Rama, the oldest, was loved by all –

His virtues knew no bounds.

Kind, wise and brave, a warrior

Unmatched on the battleground.

 

 

In a Sentence: Ramayan, from Rama’s coronation until his return to Ayodhya from exile.

 

    

 

Book Blurb:  The Story of Rama, the righteous prince,

Written ages ago by the poet Valmiki.

This is Ramayana – an ancient, epic poem,

As told by Amma to Klaka and Kiki.

 

Beloved prince of Ayodhya, next in line to be king;

Banished to the forest at his stepmother’s behest.

Waged a war with the demon Ravana to rescue his wife

Helped by an army of monkeys in his quest.

 

 

 

What Works For This Book: I am always a little iffy about mythological tales and about stories set in verse that are made to rhyme without much attention to rhythm or meter, but the only reason I picked up this illustrated story book for Snuggles is Maulshree’s illustrations! The pages are splashed with colours, there’s loads of playfulness in the spreads (even when people are shown crying!), and some interesting texturing at places (look at the boats and the mats and Ravana’s flowing tresses J ). The eyes of every character in the book down to the last monkey in the Vaanar Sena is riveting.

The only other place I’ve come across incredibly endearing deities was in Sanjay Patel’s The Little Book of Hindu Deities.

 

 

 

 

 

The other books in this series: Amma, Tell Me About Holi!Amma, Tell Me About Diwali! and Amma, Tell Me About Krishna!


 

 

 

 

 

 

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 October 17, 2012  Posted by at 12:33 pm Uncategorized  Add comments

  4 Responses to “Amma, Tell Me About Ramayana! (Illustrated Story Book)”

  1. Yes loved the color. got the complete series for my kid. but frankly methology is too much violence . how can you tell a 3 yr old sita was kidnapped ! or that Hiranyakashibu wanted to kill his own son

    • But that’s something true for most of our mythology, isn’t it?:) You know, when my children were very young (under 3), and I used to find them snuggled into their granny’s shawl listening to these stories, I used to wonder how our mythogy, which is so utterly violent, can be narrated to such little kids. And ofcourse, this form of story telling happens in most of the Indian households when kids are around with their grandparents. Or, take the huge amount of overt references to hitting, beating, killing, dying, breaking legs etc that the conventional nursery rhymes have.

      But I soon realised that children are far more resilient than we take them to be, and more importantly, is it in some ways, necessary for them to know that violence exists in this world (real and the one in stories). In any case, they are exposed to a lot more gore and violence these days, but this is the world they will grow up to live in. As a parent reading out to my little child, I used to take these references of violence and wrong doings in stories to tell them why it was something that should not be done. I also used these instances to show them the real-world / fictional world dichotomy. Children are quick to understand.

  2. Hi, where can we find the books – Amma tell me about Holi/Diwali …. most websites say that the books are out of print ….

    • Hi Vinita, apologies first for this embarrassingly delayed reply; my latest post will explain it all. I had picked up these books at Full Circle, Khan Market. Perhaps they have more copies with them. Otherwise, Bhakti Mathur (author and publisher, Anjana Publishing) might be able to suggest the specific locations. The link to her website is right there at the top of this post.

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