Don’t we all love to hear stories from our grandparents? That too if it is listening to tales from all around the world? Fun and mesmerizing isn’t it?
A Treasure Trove of Timeless Tales by Ms. Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan, is a book that takes us on a journey all around the world with some known and some unknown tales. The book also shows us how similar the tales are from different countries. So, if you find a connection with Tom Thumb or so it’s justified.
The cover design by Saurabh George gives us a sneak peek of what the book has to offer with his vibrant design.
The Sun, the Wind, the Moon and the Sky, Ganesha and the Moon, Jataka Tales,Tenali Rama, The Lion and the Donkey, Aesop Fables are all known stories retold in a simple language.
Kayamkulam Kochunni is the Robinhood of Kerala. The Malayalees have grown up hearing his heroics.
The author takes us on an international trip with her Issun Bōshi to Japan, Kammapa to Africa and North America with how Animals Got Sunlight which are indeed worth a read.
The Doll in a Red Sari, The Story of a Poor Man, The Lovable Thief tug at the heart and bring a smile at the same time. I personally loved all the three with The Doll in a Red Sari and The Lovable Thief being my favourites.
The last section of Lockdown Stories has a collection of 100 word stories that was written by Shobha ji during lockdown.
The book also serves as a teacher as the author has experimented on different narrative styles.
This is indeed a breezy read and suitable for children as well as aspiring writers.