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Gods Demons And Others Assuming the character of a wise village storyteller R K Narayan sits in the cool of an imaginary evening to recount the tales of the centuries Taken from the Mahabharata the Ramayana and other Indi

  • Title: Gods Demons And Others
  • Author: R.K. Narayan
  • ISBN: 9780099282532
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gods Demons And Others By R.K. Narayan, Assuming the character of a wise village storyteller, R K Narayan sits in the cool of an imaginary evening to recount the tales of the centuries.Taken from the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and other Indian epics, the gods and demons, saints and sinners assume their symbolic and philosophical roles without ever losing their human characteristics It is a measure of the author Assuming the character of a wise village storyteller, R K Narayan sits in the cool of an imaginary evening to recount the tales of the centuries.Taken from the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and other Indian epics, the gods and demons, saints and sinners assume their symbolic and philosophical roles without ever losing their human characteristics It is a measure of the author s achievement that he so subtly imbues them with his own distinctive wit and vision.This book is illustrated throughout by Narayan s brother R K Laxman, with woodcuts based on temple carvings.

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    1. The experience was like listening to these mythological stories first hand by grandparents Nostalgic And yet there were many characters heard for the first time Lavana, Chudala, Manmata, Nala Not the kind of book you read as a whole, but the one you ought to keep revisiting time and again for different set of stories every time.Add to it illustrations by RK Laxman at the beginning of each story What you could ask for

    2. Narayan sticks to what he set out to do in this book, and succeeds admirably This is a collection of some of the interesting tales from Hindu mythology, with the focus on the spiritual rather than the physical There are of course great tales of heroic feats but the recurring theme is men and women of priestly and warrior classes who go through extreme physical hardships to attain spiritual awakening and a higher plane of existence.In the tales of some of the famous characters, such as the Pand [...]

    3. It s hard to find a good collection of Hindu tales Narayan puts together a good variety here Some of the tales are a bit meandering, but you have to consider he is cutting some of the tales down from the epic poems Ramayana or Mahabharata The tales are chosen to illustrate Hindu philosophy and morals Some of the morals are outdated, mainly concerning women, but others are interesting In particular, I enjoyed the illustrations of the Hindu belief that justice can span several lives.

    4. It was a good engrossing read, especially to read at length the tales of not so familiar characters like Yayati, Chudala, Lavana, Sibi, Vishwamitra, Nala etc.

    5. This is a wonderful book and greatly helpful for anyone who doesn t know anything about Hindu mythology I was also unaware of the first 3 stories because of the nature of other epic stories overshadowing the importance of them The stories are grouped into 5 groups Bear in mind, some of these are epics in their own respect and have a huge number of characters and story arcs all coming together at the end Compiling such epics and writing them as a short story in 20 to 25 pages is not a small task [...]

    6. A modern humanistic retelling of the most interesting tales from Hindu mythology mostly from the Mahabharata, the Ramayana, and the Yoga Vasistha It has everything one could expect in such tales kings, their wives, sages, ascetics, a magic cow, a demon king, reincarnation, a scholar falling in love with a public woman and exchanging all his wealth for a foul disease, a brigand repenting and turning into an ascetic, and so on.My favorite is Narayan s retelling of the Tamil epic of the anklet A ma [...]

    7. With an author of such stature as Narayan, and my interest in stories from Hindu mythology, my expectations were very high Sadly, it fell short, way too short I was already familiar with most of the stories, so not much new there But my major source of disappointment was the way the stories were told it was kind of bland, and I found it lacking in the author s insights or interpretations More like a text book or documentary.In fact, the edition I was reading, included Indian Epics Retold Ramayan [...]

    8. It s easy to read, I guess Not particularly _fun_ though.The loose thematic structures let the tales tell themselves That s probably a good thing.But it seemed lacklustre, somehow The stories never drew you in it seemed like they lacked detail, lacked empathetical markers Were very hard to connect to and wrap your head around The narrator seems tacked on.Then again, the epics themselves are kinda weighty Narayan doesn t have the free hand of the bard working with a solely oral tradition.

    9. Every generation has a challenge to understand the faith religion through their perceptions most of the times based on parables.These parables needed to be deciphered in right context for understanding of faith.Narayan s this book has picked some of the most fascinating tales from ancient Indian scriptures.Remarkable mightiness of parables could alter the consciousness.Written in profound manner and insightful.In one of stories titled Devi,R.K Narayan quotes Devi stating to a demon I am primordi [...]

    10. Yet another delightful collection of short stories from the masterful R.K Narayan As someone who is quite familiar with Indian mythology, I enjoyed Narayan s refreshing, candid look at the tales I grew up with he even supplies alternate endings and interpretations by various past authors.This is a book that s hard to put down, and I enjoyed every page Staying true to his trademark style, Narayan skims away superfluous characters and events, retelling each story succinctly and making sense of the [...]

    11. This masterpiece by R.K Narayan is a collection of short Indian mythological stories He has taken up the characters, mostly from the epics, and spun around the characters enchantingly in his own splendorous accord Having read the Mahabharata Amar Chitra Katha recently, and having a penchant for history, this work, with all the morals and values of the characters embedded within, didn t fail to stir me from deep within The hardcover book is a perfect weekend read.

    12. The company of good people is never fruitless A great selection of stories from India s vast treasure house of myths and legends handed down through the ages Spectacular battles, supernatural mysteries, passion, devotion, laughter and love and the eternal spiritual quest are the ingredients of these legends.

    13. Some of the very good stories in Indian mythology have been collected and presented in this book.A nice read overall.

    14. I found this book along with the mahabharat which is written by RK Narayan as well With Simple writing style RK Narayan has kept the magnificence of the old epics of India.

    15. Short, sharp, amazingly written but still can push you into the make believe world that we booklovers all have one of Superb

    16. This book is a sort of guide to Indian mythology and ways of worship Written in a humorous vein, this book can be considered as a shortcut for understanding Indian culture.

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