The Magic Drum and Other Favourite Stories

Author: Sudhā Mūrti

Publisher: Penguin Books India

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Category: Children's stories, Indic (English)

Page: 145

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A princess thinks she was a bird, a coconut that cost a thousand rupees, and a shepherd with a bag of words...Kings and misers, princes and paupers, wise men and foolish boys, the funniest and oddest men and women come alive in this sparkling new collection of stories. The clever princess will only marry the man who can ask her a question she cannot answer; the orphan boy outwits his greedy uncles with a bag of ash; and an old couple in distress is saved by a magic drum. Sudha Murty's grandparents told her some of these stories when she was a child; others she heard from her friends from around the world. These delightful and timeless folktales have been her favourites for years, and she has recounted them many times over to the young people in her life. With this collection, they will be enjoyed by many more readers, of all ages. Age group of target audience is 8+.

The Bird with the Golden Wings

Stories of Wit and Magic

Author: Sudha Murty

Publisher: Penguin UK

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Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 164

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A poor little girl is rewarded with lovely gifts when she feeds a hungry bird all the rice she has. What happens when the girl’s greedy, nosy neighbour hears the story and tries to get better gifts for herself? Why did the once sweet sea water turn salty? How did the learned teacher forget his lessons only to be aided by the school cook? And how did the king hide his horrible donkey ears from the people of his kingdom? For answers to all this and more, delve right into another fabulous collection of stories by Sudha Murty.

Grandma's Bag of Stories

Author: Sudha Murty

Publisher: Penguin UK

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Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

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Who can resist a good story, especially when it’s being told by Grandma? From her bag emerges tales of kings and cheats, monkeys and mice, bears and gods. Here comes the bear who ate some really bad dessert and got very angry; a lazy man who would not put out a fire till it reached his beard; a princess who got turned into an onion; a queen who discovered silk, and many more weird and wonderful people and animals. Grandma tells the stories over long summer days and nights, as seven children enjoy life in her little town. The stories entertain, educate and provide hours of enjoyment to them. So come, why don’t you too join in the fun.

Genes

Author: Suddha Murty

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN:

Category: Literary Collections

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When he was desperately looking for work, Anant, a young and trustworthy worker, landed a job at a very generous household. As time passed, Anant became their trusted help. Now, many years later, he stands at the familiar doorstep again, with a request regarding his grandson. As generations change, so do values. Will Anant’s wish be granted? Was his hard work worthy of such a request? Read on to find out.

Life’s Secret Lessons

(Penguin Petit)

Author: Suddha Murty

Publisher: Penguin UK

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Category: Literary Collections

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Extraordinary stories about ordinary people’s lives Over the years, Sudha Murty has come across some fascinating people whose lives make for interesting stories and have astonishing lessons to reveal. Take Vishnu, who achieves every material success but never knows happiness; or Venkat, who talks so much that he has no time to listen. In other stories, a young girl goes on a train journey that changes her life forever; an impoverished village woman provides bathing water to hundreds of people in a drought-stricken area; a do-gooder ghost decides to teach a disconsolate young man Sanskrit; and in the title story, a woman in a flooded village in Odisha teaches the author a life lesson she will never forget. From the bestselling author of Wise and Otherwise and The Old Man and His God, this is another heart-warming collection of real-life stories that will delight readers of all ages.

A Mother’s Love

(Penguin Petit)

Author: Suddha Murty

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN:

Category: Literary Collections

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View: 269

Extraordinary stories about ordinary people’s lives Over the years, Sudha Murty has come across some fascinating people whose lives make for interesting stories and have astonishing lessons to reveal. Take Vishnu, who achieves every material success but never knows happiness; or Venkat, who talks so much that he has no time to listen. In other stories, a young girl goes on a train journey that changes her life forever; an impoverished village woman provides bathing water to hundreds of people in a drought-stricken area; a do-gooder ghost decides to teach a disconsolate young man Sanskrit; and in the title story, a woman in a flooded village in Odisha teaches the author a life lesson she will never forget. From the bestselling author of Wise and Otherwise and The Old Man and His God, this is another heart-warming collection of real-life stories that will delight readers of all ages.

Foot in the Mouth

Author: Suddha Murty

Publisher: Penguin UK

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Category: Literary Collections

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Savitri is known to be a major gossipmonger among the teachers in her college. Once her colleagues recognize her nature, they begin avoiding her, leaving Savitri alone and desperate to find people to gossip with. When Sudha Murty somehow manages to become a victim of Savitri’s stories, she learns how Savitri twists words and creates news out of nothing. Murty is against everything Savitri stands for. So what happens when people who are so different collide? Read on.

Uncle Sam

Author: Suddha Murty

Publisher: Penguin UK

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Category: Literary Collections

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Keshav has two sons. While one lives in New York, the other stays in their village, and both lead extremely different lives. Although both sons are successful, only one of them is happy, When Keshav’s son in New York visits home, he knows everyone is going to be excited. He is already adored and praised by everyone in his village, especially by his parents. But he also regrets his decision of leaving India. How can a man who has everything not be happy? Read on to find out.

Lazy Portado

Author: Suddha Murty

Publisher: Penguin UK

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Category: Literary Collections

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Portado, a bright young boy, never put in any effort in his classes for some reason. He believed that networking is more important than getting an education and working hard. He also spends his college years believing that having connections is the key to success, only to realize soon enough that this isn’t true. What happens when you spend all your time living a certain way because you think it will take you where you want and then find out that it doesn’t? Read more as Sudha Murty highlights Portado’s struggles.

Hindu Mother, Muslim Son

(Penguin Petit)

Author: Sudha Murty

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN:

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 10

View: 944

When a farmer invites another to come live with him and help with his farm, he thought it would be easy. But their wives cannot get along. Kashibai is hard working with a temper, and Fatimabai is lazy with a gentle nature. Through years of irreconcilable strife, a sudden tragedy pulls the life of these women inextricably together. Can a woman really surpass her own unhappiness for the sake of her enemy's child? Sudha Murty gently tells this eternal tale of struggle and redemption through the power of a mother's love.