India is a land of stories. With unparallel diversity in terms of cultural heritage and history of indigenous art and practices, this country is a repertoire of stories. Not a single child in India would have grown up without hearing the regional folk tale no matter how far ahead the society has advanced. The smell of raw earth emanated by these innocent stories has magic that never fades. This magic is woven with a wand of words by Lopamudra and Maitra Bajpai through the book The Owl Delivered The good News All Night Long. Indian folk tales story arena has a treasure to look forward to.
The enchanting cover
For a change, the review must start with the book cover. The black cover with the tinge of orangish hue amalgamated with the purple palette is a magically enticing one. The book instantly connects with the readers. The splurge of colors is hypnotic. If we look closely the image is a summary of what the book is all about.
108 pieces of pearl
The book is like a pearl necklace with 108 beads and selecting the best one amongst these is impossible. Notwithstanding the fact that I am a Malayali, I could not say the story based on Kerala is my favorite. Now I am reading the stories for my kids. This is a learning experience for all of us. We can learn about different cultures, lives, and history. As with folk tales, each story in the book has an inherent lesson that would change the perspective of the readers in several aspects.
The engaging narration
About the author
Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai is a visual anthropologist, author, and columnist. She works on history, popular culture, and the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) of India and South Asia. She was recently deputed as the Culture Specialist (Research) at the SAARC Cultural Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and has also been a Research Grant Fellow of the Indian High Commission, Sri Lanka. A former Assistant Professor from Symbiosis International Deemed University, Pune, she continues to teach at universities in India and abroad.