About the author:
Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon in north Karnataka. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written nine novels, four technical books, three travelogues, one collection of short stories, three collections of non-fiction pieces and two books for children. Her books have been translated into all the major Indian languages and have sold over three lakh copies around the country. She was the recipient of the R.K. Narayan’s Award for Literature and the Padma Shri in 2006.
My thoughts on the book:
I borrowed this book from the library just about the same time I was delving into a literary fiction, so after that, this came as a breath of fresh air, to refresh my mind. This brought back memories of visits to my native place, and of stories that my grandmother used to tell me too, sort of a bittersweet experience.
Childhood is the time when morals are imbibed, so the stories we hear then from our elders are those happy ending, wisdom filled tales so we understand that though the world isn’t a perfect place, there are good things, and good people. This book has those innocence filled stories that just sound in place. It might as well be you in the place of Raghu or Meenu, and your grandmother instead of Ajji, the stories might seem familiar in their wisdom.
My favorites from the book are “Doctor, doctor” which shows that kindness can bring wonderful rewards, but if the reward is misused, the kindness can be overlooked and the rewards stopped, “Kavery and the thief” which shows wit and wisdom can triumph in a hard situation and “How the seasons got their share” which brings importance to the need to share, and to work together.
The language is simple and enjoyable, just as the language for a child’s book should be. The morals are right, and the illustrations well done. It could double up as a coloring book for the kids, as well as a refreshing change of perspective and weight of reading for you.
Title: Grandma’s Bag of Stories
Author: Sudha Murty
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Publishers: Puffin Publishers
Price: Rs. 199
(March 25th, 2013)