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By The Tungabhadra Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay

By The Tungabhadra

Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay

Published 2010
253 pages
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 About the Book 

As a kid we all have read Chanda Mama, Amar Chitra Katha, Nandan, Panchtantra and other stories which contained incidents and characters from ancient India. The stories of Raja Rani (Kings & queens), courage and cleverness, wars and valour, love and friendship. They just did not satisfy your appetite for stories, historical characters and fictional accounts but also came with morals and teachings. As we grow up we move to more modern, more real and popular fiction. Somewhere we leave behind our childhood stories.. and then one day when you are just surfing through the shelves at a book shop, you find this one book with images of ancient India, kings and their beautiful queens, adventures and plots and you can’t help but pick it. On reading the brief the world of your childhood opens up.. the colourful world and its images and characters.. how we used to enact these scenes when playing with your cousins or street friends, how with a fake sword you became a king and your mom’s dupatta made you a princess... how u got on your imaginary horse and went to war and how adorning make up and jewellery was all that princess did...This book is such a story based on kingdom of Vijaynagar whose ruins still stand at Hampi... it of course is a fictional account on a historical king but the writer’s imagination is ripe and vivid.. all the characters Arjun Varma, Devarya, Balram, Manikankana, are endearing and you can’t help but get transported to that world.. Its not a piece of literature or epic but a children’s classic which can be equally enjoyed by adults...Not to forget that Saradindu Bandhopadya, the creator of ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’ has written it. It is not suspense or detective story like his most popular fiction but it does have an interesting plot and smart twists in the tale. Its modern as well as traditional in its treatment, its detailed as well as precise in its flow and wordings.. The translation by Arunava Sinha is very smooth and simple. The book is a quick read and can be finished in 6 hrs flat... So I would suggest any one who likes a light read and wants to revisit the days of ‘Chanda Mama’, surely pick this book and you won’t be disappointed...