Fables From India by Uday Mane is a collection I went into with a lot of expectations. And those expectations are exactly what make this book a disappointment for me. Is this book for children? It has to be, the way it reads seems exactly like the stories I studied in school during moral science class.
In fact if you know moral science stories then these won’t be new or profound to you. The endings are predictable, the stories aren’t really exciting, in fact they all follow the same pattern of ‘someone di this, someone taught them a lesson, and then they were good’ or ‘someone did this, this happened because of that and everything went awry.’
The stories are mainly about kings and peasants and magical fortune tellers or saints who teach them the right way of things. While almost all of them are similar they are different enough for you to feel like you’re reading a whole other story but feel like it is still very much related to the same story you read before. I can’t say I particularly liked anything but that’s because these are all stories I studied in school during moral sciences or social sciences class. So if you haven’t done these classes in your school these might be enjoyable to you.
I won’t l be rereading this anytime soon. I think maybe the problem is me having just started a Neil Gaiman short story collection before starting this. And we all know that no one compares to Mr.Gaiman. I’d definitely recommend this book if you’re reading bed time stories to a kid though, or someone who is old enough to read these words themselves and understand them. Or if you’re an adult who enjoys a Chicken Soup or Sudha Murthy style of book. Else, give this a skip and read other folk tales instead.
A King’s negligence costs the Prince his eyes. How will the King make amends?
A farmer is torn between resurrecting his wife and upholding his duties. What will influence his choice?
A jester lives two lives – Masked for others. Unmasked for himself. His masked side brings happiness to everyone. But what brings happiness to his unmasked side?
A magnificent tree bears fruits of different kinds, but the King wants it to be cut down to serve justice. How will the tree defend itself?
An orphan boy is in search of the world’s bestselling book. Will he eventually find it?
A dog struggles to uncurl his tail. Will he break the curse that curled his tail in the first place?
A young boy and his pet lamb are separated from each other. Will their friendship stand the test of time?
Set in the ancient times, Fables from India, is a collection of 22 profound and unheard stories from a country known for its storytelling.
*I received a review copy in exchange for a review, opinions expressed are my own.