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Deccan Nursery Tales Paperback – March 15, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Kincaid Press (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140676213X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406762136
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,199,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mithril on March 30, 2011
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The Deccan culture is in the south of India, which you might know, but I hadn't realized before I started reading this. These stories were written down in 1914 when they were translated from Marathi into English by Charles Augustus Kincaid. The tales were Westernized slightly in the transcription. Kincaid says he only removed things that were too culturally or religiously specific for an English audience, but I have my doubts about that being the only stuff removed. Still the tales are well written and fun to read.

The stories are child-friendly, and generally have children as protagonists (either explicitly or implied by how they were referred to), even when I'm not sure they were supposed to be children (lots of 'little daughter-in-laws' towards the end of the book).

There's no active table of contents, and the few end-notes in the book aren't linked, though otherwise there were no formatting errors.

The stories included are:
The Sunday Story
The Monday Story
The Tuesday Story
The Wednesday and Thursday Story
The Friday Story
The Saturday Story
Mahalaxmi and the Two Queens
The Island Palace
Nagoba, the Snake-King
Parwati and the Beggar-Man
Parwati and the Brahman
Soma, the Washerwoman
Vasishta and the Four Queens
The Lamps and the King's Daughter-in-Law
Parwati and the Priest
The Rishi and the Brahman
The King and the Water-Goddesses
The Lid of the Sacred Casket
The Brahman Wife and Her Seven Sons
The Golden Temple

For more child-friendly Indian stories, you might also check out Hindu Tales from the Sanskrit, while more general Indian tales can be found in Indian Fairy Tales.
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