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MUST READ: Seasons of Splendour

Seasons of Splendour The book is a quintessential bed time read.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 14:30 IST
Nandita Mehta
Nandita Mehta

Seasons of Splendour
Madhur Jaffery
Price — Rs 100
Publication — Puffin Books

Have you ever realised the privilege of being born in a country as rich and diverse as India? The history of our great nation can be traced far back and this is reflected in the plethora of tales, myths and legends that is handed down generation after generation.

That is precisely why; it would be unjust to not have an understanding of the traditions and rituals that is so much a part of our everyday life. Any child’s upbringing in a country like ours would be incomplete without a comprehensive acquaintance with the culture that is our backdrop.

The author understands this and has therefore highlighted India’s colourful folklore and penned down a dramatic collection of short anecdotes for the children.

So if you have ever wondered about the myths surrounding the Banyan tree, the intricacies of Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana, the concept behind Karva Chauth or the stories pertaining to the Navratras — this is the book to clear all your doubts and enrich your knowledge further.

There are also some stories in the book; like the tale of Doda and Dodi that are possibly unknown to the masses. The language used by the author is deliberately simple keeping in mind the target audience.

Close attention has been paid to the graphics that accompany each story. The illustrations by Michael Foreman complement the anecdotes. Minute details, like arranging the sequence of the stories in accordance to the religious festivals as they occur during the course of a Hindu calendar year has been kept in mind.

Through the author’s vision, our great heritage of gods and goddesses and other magical and spectacular creatures come alive. The book is a quintessential bed time read.

First Published: Apr 29, 2006 12:19 IST