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The Magic Powder

Bright and colourful, printed on paper you?d love to feel while you read, it?s a steal for the price.

india Updated: Oct 11, 2005 18:18 IST
Benita Sen
Benita Sen

The Magic Powder
Pratham Books
Retold by Greystroke
Illustrated by PG Dinesh
Pages: 15
Price: Rs 20
ISBN 81-8263-206-4

Are stories ageless? Some certainly are! When you read those special tales, it doesn’t matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter if you’re in school, college, or work at an office; it doesn’t matter if you’re a child, a parent or even a grandparent.

I know for sure that the adventures of Noddy and the exploits of the giraffe and the pelican or the fun Winnie the Pooh and piglet have, are still read by many, many adults. They read them for the joy they never fail to bring, for the simple fact that they are so… well, simple!

Just like folktales. One that I read recently is a charming retell. The Magic Powder is a story from Myanmar, which makes it doubly interesting. After all, we don’t often get to read stories that recount the lives of people there, on the banks of the Irrawaddy.

Greystroke is better known to several of us as an illustrator, but he’s proved to be a story teller with this book.

Like any good folktale, it is about a world that is simple and wisdom that is worth remembering for some time to come. It’s a charming story about Thuza, her handsome young alchemist husband Theingi, and her wise father. The solution is simple, but the message is something we would all do well to remember every time we think of sitting back a little and waiting for dust to turn to gold!

Bright and colourful, printed on paper you’d love to feel while you read the story, it’s certainly a steal for the price.

If there’s something I missed, it was some more on the art of Myanmar, about which so little is known, anyway.

First Published: Oct 11, 2005 18:18 IST