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What better time to reconnect with stories from our culture than the new year and Diwali celebrations! Check out these classic tales, some known, some unknown – that’ll delight you and take you down memory lane!

  1. Ramayana for Children by Arshia Sattar

Adhering faithfully to Valmiki’s RAMAYANA, the oldest version of Rama’s story composed in Sanskrit about two and a half thousand years ago, Arshia Sattar distils the great Indian epic in this beautifully told and sumptuously illustrated edition

2.Garuda and the Serpents: Stories of Friends and Foes from Hindu Mythology by Arshia Sattar

Read the marvellous adventures of gods and humans and asuras and other splendid creatures, vividly retold by Arshia Sattar. Drawn from the Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, Garuda and the Serpents delivers stories from Hindu mythology that will elicit both delight and wonder.

3. Hope – Wisdom to Survive in a Hopeless World by Devdutt Pattanaik

Have you lost all hope? Does the world feel bleak and unforgiving? The COVID-19 crisis has seen many of us lose family, friends, colleagues. Bad news hits you every day. Do you want to run away? Are you anxious about money, your family, and your future? In this book, acclaimed mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik helps you to unravel your emotions and find a way to move from darkness into light. Simple yet profound, moving and stimulating, Hope will change the way you view the world and help you find your path again.

4. Seva: Sikh Secrets on How to Be Good in the Real World by Jasreen Mayal Khanna

Think of any scene of disaster and you’ll find Sikh volunteers rallying to the site, feeding migrant workers, helping riot victims and cleaning up after earthquakes and floods. Through science-based studies, interviews with Sikhs and using Sikhism’s history and fables, Sikh journalist Jasreen Mayal Khanna unlocks eight rules for daily life. Rules so simple and yet so transformative that anyone can use them to become kinder and happier and lead a more meaningful life.

5. Mahabharata for Children by Arshia Sattar

THE BEST INTRODUCTION YOUR CHILD CAN HAVE TO THE MAHABHARATA

Arshia Sattar’s Mahabharata for Children is one of the most outstanding retellings of this epic ever written. Sattar, an acclaimed translator of the Ramayana, has gone deep into the original and written an account that is so rich, so observant and so moving that it will enthral both you and your child.

6. Favourite Stories from Hindu Myths by Arshia Sattar

Beloved stories from Hindu mythology by a author and acclaimed Sanskrit translator From the author of Ramayana for Children and Mahabharata for Children comes a book of well-known stories from Hindu mythology. Read about Prahlada, the churning of amrita from the ocean and how Durga killed Mahishasura. And alongside these favourites, introduce your child to some lesser-known myths such as the story of Garuda, and the magic cow Kamadhenu. Richly and beautifully illustrated on every page, this book will be treasured by both you and your child.

7.Hindu Fables from the Vedas to Vivekananda by Renuka Narayanan

Religions have always told stories to their followers to teach them lessons about life. Now comes a book that collects the most enjoyable and inspiring of these fables from the greatest gurus and texts of the Hindu tradition. Ranging from the charming stories of the Panchatantra to a fable told by Tulsidas to Meera Bai, a story about marriage from the puranas to one of Sai Baba’s favourite parables, this collection of stories is full of laughter and wisdom, beauty and thought.

 

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