A Flowering Tree and Other Oral Tales from India by A. K. Ramanujan

By A. K. Ramanujan

This publication of oral stories from the south Indian area of Kannada represents the end result of a life of examine by means of A. ok. Ramanujan, the most respected students and writers of his time. the results of over 3 a long time' exertions, this long-awaited assortment makes on hand for the 1st time a wealth of folktales from a sector that has no longer but been competently represented in global literature. Ramanujan's ability as a translator, his sleek writing variety, and his profound love and realizing of the topic enhance the stories that he gathered, translated, and interpreted.With a written literature recorded from approximately 800 A.D., Kannada is wealthy in mythology, devotional and secular poetry, and extra lately novels and performs. Ramanujan, born in Mysore in 1929, had an intimate wisdom of the language. within the Fifties, while operating as a school lecturer, he all started amassing those stories from every body he could--servants, aunts, schoolteachers, young children, carpenters, tailors. In 1970 he begun translating and analyzing the stories, a venture that absorbed him for the subsequent 3 a long time. whilst Ramanujan died in 1993, the translations have been whole and he had written notes for approximately 1/2 the tales.With its unsentimental sympathies, its laughter, and its delightfully brilliant feel of element, the gathering stands as an important and relocating monument to Ramanujan's reminiscence as a pupil and author.

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And his nose at once grew long, a yard long. ” From that day on, they gave up their miserly ways and lived happily. ” In Europe, the god­figure is represented by Christ and/or Peter.  The best­ known European variant is, of course, Midas and the Golden Touch. ” And he got his servants to pack everything, and left the place with his entire family.  The lock was of exquisite design and gleamed from a distance.  Ahead of her were twelve doors, one behind another; they all opened at her touch, and each closed behind her as she went through them.

Who's the loser then? ” The husband would beam at his wife's wisdom.  One rainy season, the couple had shut all the doors when suddenly they heard someone banging on their door. ” As soon as he came in, he shut the door behind him and praised them.  “We don't yet know why Your Holiness is here,” he said, quite bluntly.  The couple stood there with their mouths open.  His wife went in to cook.  But she was too flustered to do so, and actually served her husband the leftovers and the guest the fresh rice.

I want to meet them, and right away,” he said.  But then why did you put your hand in it? ” asked the snake. ” After a few days, they took leave of the mother and the uncle, who loaded them with gold and gifts.  But Little Honni was secretly happy that she would never have to go through the ordeal of taking her husband to her “mother's house” again.  Little Honni told her everything, beginning with the death of the dog, the bar of gold, her husband insisting on seeing her mother's house, the snake in the forest, the palace he created for her, everything down to the last detail.

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