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Lore of the Land (Storytelling Traditions of India)

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Back of the Book Moody Mohini belongs to a legendary family strorytellers. Tellers tall tales is supposed to be in her genes. Expcept, she doesn’t think so-even though her family ( as well as just about everyone in Mithika) expects her to be the torchbearer of this rather marvelous tradition. So, eracking under the pressure of a plot line one day, she runs far away from home, only to be held hostage by aspunky spirtit, who traps her in a strange spell and whisks her off on...

Back of the Book

Moody Mohini belongs to a legendary family strorytellers. Tellers tall tales is supposed to be in her genes. Expcept, she doesn’t think so-even though her family ( as well as just about everyone in Mithika) expects her to be the torchbearer of this rather marvelous tradition.

So, eracking under the pressure of a plot line one day, she runs far away from home, only to be held hostage by aspunky spirtit, who traps her in a strange spell and whisks her off on a whirlwind tour of India and its many storytelling tradition. How else can Mohini break the charm (you guessed it) but by telling a story herself!

Join Mohini as she receives a unique education about the untold ways in which the people of the country weave tales, using everything from stick figures and spectacular sculptures to shadow puppets and flamboyant dance dramas, while discovering the prefound powers of that special skill- storytelling.

About The Author

During her growing-up years, Nalini Ramachandran aspired to be an artist, a singer, a dancer, an actress and a journalist. When she finally became a writer and editor, she drew in ideas, listened to the music of language, danced to the tune of imagination, acted on impulsive creativity and dug into research, thus inhabiting several worlds and living the lives of multiple characters at once.

Her interest in storytelling piqued when she was working as a fiction writer with India’s only all-comics children’s magazine, Tinkle. Her short stories have been published in anthologies such as Gifts of Teaching and scary Tales. She is the author of Detective sahasasimha: The Case of the Disappearing Books and the graphic novel-biography A.P.J. Abdul Kalam: One Man, Many Missions. To know more about Nalini, visit www.authornalini.com.

Abhishek choudhury is a Banglore-based illustrator. An Avid book lover, comics reader and foodie, he has worked across various fields,including theatre,video gaming and animation. He has also collaborated with several reputable publishing houses. More recently, he has illustrated and published Inferno, the first graphic novel in his comic trilogy, The Untold Chronicles.

Into The Land Of Stories

This is the story of Mohini. Um, no, it’s the story of storytelling. Actually . . . it’s story of storytelling told through the story of Mohini. So, tell me, when was the last time you told a story? Maybe last night, when your grandfather was narrating a tale from mythology and you kept interrupting him because you already knew it? Or maybe at School, when you played the role of historical figure?

But what about the time when you excitedly told your father about what happened in class? Or the time when you recounted a nightmare to your sibling? Or when you chatted with your friends about your trip to a wildlife sanctuary?

What? You’re not sure if you can call these ‘stories’? But they are!

Storytelling is a tradition through which lore is passes on from generation to generation-be it from grandparents to grandchildren at home or from village chieftains to curious listeners sitting around a bonfire. And these stories comprise everything, from history and mythology to sciences, from local legends and mysteries to rituals, from fictional accounts and gossip to everyday happenings.

Over centuries, creative storytellers have transformed the lore of the land into diverse storytelling traditions of India. And I am going to introduce you to thirty-eight such interesting practices. But remember, these are not the only ones. Last I counted, I had come across nearly ten times that number-I am sure there are hundreds more that I don’t know about-and sadly, quite a few of these are no the verge of extinction. My hope behind writing this book and giving you a glimpse of the rich storytelling heritage of the country is that you a glimpse of the rich storytelling heritage of the country is that you and I can create some magic together and help these traditions and their stories live happily ever after.

The best part about this book, if you ask me, is that each tradition is unique and tells a variety of tales- of deities and demons, nature and natives, royals and rebels, wildlife and weapons and whatnot! All this, through the story of Mohini, who fights her own battles with storytelling, So what are you waiting for? Let’s journey to where the stories live !

 

Contents
  Author's Note ix
  Into the Land of Stories xi
1 The Reluctant Storyteller 1
2 The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 6
3 Of Time and Tide 12
4 In a New Light 18
5 Show Your Light 25
6 As Mean as a Snake 31
7 Nature Finds Its Way 38
8 Rebel with a Cause 46
9 Loving to Death 52
10 Talking in Circles 59
11 A Barrel of Fun 66
12 Word of Mouth 73
13 Warehorse 80
14 Act of Faith 86
15 Flying the Coop 92
16 Learn to Teach 95
17 A Stitch in Time 102
18 Ward Off Evil 109
19 Back and Forth 116
20 A Running Battle 123
21 God's Own Country 130
22 Eye of the Wind 138
23 Fortune Favours the Bold 145
24 Praise to the Skies 151
25 Jewel in the Crown 157
26 Into the Wild 163
27 Rite of Passage 171
28 You Think You're Smart 178
29 In High Cotton 183
30 Turn Over a New Leaf 191
31 A Kaleidoscopic View 199
32 No Childs's Play 208
33 Far and Wide 215
34 Faith Can Move Mountains 224
35 Set in Stone 231
36 Different Strokes, Different Folks 238
37 What's in a Name? 244
38 Place in the Sun 252
39 Bringing Back to Life 260
40 Earn Your Stripes 267
41 Lost and Found 276
42 Thank You! 285
43 sources 287

 

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Item Code: NAP108 Author: Nalini Ramachandran Cover: Paperback Edition: 2017 Publisher: Puffin Books ISBN: 9780143429234 Language: English Size: 9.5 inch X 6.5 inch Pages: 307 (Throughout Color Illustrations) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 540 gms
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