Fables from India by Uday Mane- Review

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Name         – Fables from India

Author                  – Uday Mane
Publisher              –  Frog Books
Number of Pages – 170
Publishing Year   – 2016
Edition                  – Paperback

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Rating : 4.0

My Review

India is a country where there has never been any difficulty in finding a folklore. Every state has it’s own collection of stories. Unfortunately our kids don’t have the luck to hear most of them.

Uday Mane brings forth 22 unheard fables for his readers- both children and adults. 

Off late fairy tales have gained unprecedented acceptance, thanks to the cartoons and animated movies. While our kids read and tell the stories of Disney Princesses, our country’s own fabulous tales remain ignored. Through the book Fables from India, author gave resurrection to the 22 stories, which in turn will begin a new culture of Indian folklore.

‘The Prince of Aramadia’, ‘The swordmaker’s last wish’ a story of trust, sincerity, love, compassion and selfless love. ‘The farmer and the magic objects’, ‘The sacred tree of Khaimur’ tell the tale of selflessness. ‘The best-selling book’ speaks about the importance of values in life. ‘The merchant’s dilemma is about  a lot and o ne of my favourite. It tells about the vices of prejudice, of being apathetic and selfish.

‘The secret keeper’s secret’ , however disappointed me.  An attempt to deliver a message was good but it didn’t bear the fruits in the intended way.

The stories are touching and  delivers a relevant messages. The irony is that eventhough the stories are based in a pre independence era, they haven’t lost the relevance.

This review is in return of a free book from the publisher  

About the author

Based out of Mumbai, Uday Mane is an entrepreneur, script writer, and a digital marketing professional. He started his writing career with fables, several of which are featured in this collection. His debut novel, The Helpline, was released in 2014 to rave reviews. INR 5 per book was donated towards child welfare through Rotary club and NGO Vidya. Uday Mane volunteers for Storytelling and English speaking sessions for the underprivileged through Vidya. He is an avid reader and admires the writings of Salman Rushdie, Rohinton Mistry, and Charles Dickens among others. He loves to travel and explore places, watch movies, and collect classic novels. You can connect with him on Twitter: @The_Allegorist
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