Ever wondered if the Ramayan or Mahabharat connected with the average Indian child? Well, a new comic series no longer leaves anything to the imagination. Titled Forgotten Tales, the stories revolve around characters that stand for the common people in contemporary times and have a mythological twist. This series is available free online on www.pushpuck.com.
“It was my desire to share India, as I know it, with my children and I thought it would be a good idea to expose them to Indian myths,” says Umesh Shukla, creator of Forgotten Tales. He then decided that first three stories, related to the night when Ram returns to Ayodhya, had to be available before this Diwali and released Tarak, the first story, on September 1, 2010. The two other books, Lahoo and Shantlal, were released soon after.
While most stories in Indian mythology focus on the Gods, Forgotten Tales are about the people around the Gods, their friends and their devotees – human and animals alike. They even highlight value systems. Shukla says, “My challenge is to create characters contemporary enough for my readers to relate to.” The protagonists are children, who take the tales forward. “Children like reading stories about children,” he says.
Regarding the child characters, they all have their struggles and emerge stronger at the end. “I wanted to control the timing of the release of the books, and making them available on the web and Apple App Store was the the best option.” Next up are two comic books, Manga and Shukla.