Tenali Raman

Tenali Raman

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Item Code: IHL383
Author: Kavitha Mandana
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 9780143330004
Pages: 162
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 7.8 inch X 5.0 inch



Kavitha Mandana started her writing career as an advertising copywriter. She began writing and illustrating for children after her daughter was born ten years ago. She has written extensively for the Deccan Herald's children's supplement Open Sesame and the children's magazine Chatterbox. Her other loves are gardening, doodling and dog-sitting an adopted stray.



Illustrated by

Dipankar Bhattacharya


Eight elephants seated in court 1
Four priceless Chinese vases, smashed! 7
When the royal poet was snubbed 17
An incomplete poem 25
Tenali Raman meets his match 31
Sun-baked eggs 37
'Vi-ka-ta-ka-vi' 43
The dream palace 50
My project begins 57
The mysterious white horse 63
Horses for sandalwood 70
The king who stole a statue 74
The statue that vanished 80
A priceless bowl of water 87
A city inhabited by the gods 94
Professor Saab meets Auntie Ela 100
A general's priorities 106
A bankrupt king 111
Cooking counters and game boards 117
A 'bad-luck' face 123
The truthful tableau 129
A grand wedding 138
Back to school 144
TJ's first official tour 147
The jester plays diplomat 153

Hampi, September 2005: A breathtaking landscape, the ruins of a prosperous kingdom, and over cups of hot tea, two friends discover stories about the world's smartest jester Tenali Raman.

Sulekha is studying in Class V and has been allowed by her principal to accompany her mother to Hampi, on the condition that she produces a full report about life in the Vijayanagar empire on her return. In Hampi, Sulekha meets the cocky TJ, who claims to be a descendant of one of Vijayanagar's most famous citizens, Tenali Raman, and together they start collecting stories about the jester and his kingdom.

Tenali, it turns out, had a solution to every problem that befell the kingdom—from the mundane to the bizarre: How do you carry a pot brimming with holy water over hundreds of miles, without spilling a single drop? The king wants to build a palace he has seen only in his dreams, how can he be stopped? And a man is to be hanged for having a 'bad-luck' face, can Tenali prevent this?

As they exchange anecdotes about Tenali Raman,Sulekha and her friends' also learn more about the Vijayanagar empire, King Krishnadevaraya and what life was like in sixteenth-century sout PENGUIN INDIA

Wounderfully witty and bubbling over v and facts, this book is not just about one of India's sharpest minds, it is a peep into a vibrant period in Indian history.

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