Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Language and Literature > Shakuntala and Other Stories from Ancient India
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Shakuntala and Other Stories from Ancient India
Shakuntala and Other Stories from Ancient India
Description

Back of the Book:

Six unforgettable stories of love and bravery, treachery and injustice, from ancient Indian literature.
Classical Sanskrit and Tamil writing teem with a myriad characters, and here we meet some truly memorable ones. This collection of six plays, poems and epics retold for children includes Shakuntala, a heart-rending story of the love between the beautiful Shakuntala and King Dushyanta; The Little Clay Cart, where the evil designs of the king and his family are foiled by the righteous Charudatta and Vasantasena; The Story of an Anklet, about Kannagi, who wreaks a terrible revenge for the wrong done to her; The Dance and the Begging Bowl, the extraordinary account of a woman's search for her true calling; The Last Trial of Sita, in which the playwright gives a whole new ending to the Ramayana; and The Broken Thigh, about the final, desperate combat between Duryodhana and Bheema on the battlefield of Kurukshetra.

Accompanied by descriptions of the author's lives and the time when the stories were written, these lively retellings are an ideal introduction to some of the best-known stories from the Indian classics.

About the Author:

Adithi Rao graduated from Smith College, USA, with a degree in theatre. She worked as an assistant director on the Hindi film, Satya. Later she became a writer/editor on the travel channel of Indya.com, and went on to script a television serial.

Adithi began writing for children three years ago. Her short stories have been published in various anthologies for children. This is her first book.

About the Book:

Putting an exact date to the works of ancient writers is difficult. This is because there has never been any conclusive evidence about when exactly those works were written. The Brothers Grimm might have said of Kalidasa that he lived and wrote 'in the days of yore', or even 'once upon a time'. But modern historians have tried to be a little more specific. They believe that Kalidasa belonged to either the fourth, the second or the first century BC.

BC: Before Christ. Before Julius Caesar and the New Testament. Once upon a time, then, is not far off the mark.

Kalidasa was well named. When broken into its root words, 'Kali' and 'Dasa', his name means 'servant of Time', or 'servant of the Creative Power'.

Kalidasa probably belonged to the city of Ujjain, an ancient and prosperous centre of art and learning. The affection and pride with which he refers to it in his works seems to indicate as much. King Vikramaditya, the hero of the legend Vikram aur Vetal, celebrated down the centuries for his wisdom, had nine gems in his court. These nine gems were men of letters, and Kalidasa is believed to be one of them. King Vikramaditya may well have been the unnamed patron Kalidasa refers to in his writings.

Kalidasa wrote about a different world, one in which kings and sages, gods and apsaras cohabited and conspired to make things run smoothly on earth. This tendency to stray away from the earthly plane, and to use celestial beings as characters in his works, is not there only in Abhijnanashakuntalam. It extends into his other works, like Meghadutam and Vikramosvashiyam.

Even while there are no dates available, scholars believe Abhijnanashakuntalam. to be the last of Kalidasa's seven works. In it his language flows with more grace and ease than in any of his other writings. From the fiery passion of Rtusamharam (his first work), he has moved on to a mellower, deeper maturity of thought and characterization in Abhijnanashakuntalam.

 

Contents

 

  Acknowledgements vii
1. Abhijnanashakuntalam
Shakuntala
1
2. Mrichchakatika
The Little Clay Cart
19
3. Silappadikaram
The Story of an Anklet
57
4. Uttararamacharita
The Last Trial of Sita
88
5. Manimekalai
The Dancer and the Begging Bowl
120
6. Urubhangam
The Shattered Thigh
141
 

Sample Pages









Shakuntala and Other Stories from Ancient India

Item Code:
IDJ785
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2007
Publisher:
ISBN:
9780143330394
Language:
English
Size:
7.8" X 5.0"
Pages:
174 (Black & White Illus: 6)
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 145 gms
Price:
$16.00   Shipping Free
Be the first to rate this product
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Shakuntala and Other Stories from Ancient India
From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 15626 times since 3rd May, 2016

Back of the Book:

Six unforgettable stories of love and bravery, treachery and injustice, from ancient Indian literature.
Classical Sanskrit and Tamil writing teem with a myriad characters, and here we meet some truly memorable ones. This collection of six plays, poems and epics retold for children includes Shakuntala, a heart-rending story of the love between the beautiful Shakuntala and King Dushyanta; The Little Clay Cart, where the evil designs of the king and his family are foiled by the righteous Charudatta and Vasantasena; The Story of an Anklet, about Kannagi, who wreaks a terrible revenge for the wrong done to her; The Dance and the Begging Bowl, the extraordinary account of a woman's search for her true calling; The Last Trial of Sita, in which the playwright gives a whole new ending to the Ramayana; and The Broken Thigh, about the final, desperate combat between Duryodhana and Bheema on the battlefield of Kurukshetra.

Accompanied by descriptions of the author's lives and the time when the stories were written, these lively retellings are an ideal introduction to some of the best-known stories from the Indian classics.

About the Author:

Adithi Rao graduated from Smith College, USA, with a degree in theatre. She worked as an assistant director on the Hindi film, Satya. Later she became a writer/editor on the travel channel of Indya.com, and went on to script a television serial.

Adithi began writing for children three years ago. Her short stories have been published in various anthologies for children. This is her first book.

About the Book:

Putting an exact date to the works of ancient writers is difficult. This is because there has never been any conclusive evidence about when exactly those works were written. The Brothers Grimm might have said of Kalidasa that he lived and wrote 'in the days of yore', or even 'once upon a time'. But modern historians have tried to be a little more specific. They believe that Kalidasa belonged to either the fourth, the second or the first century BC.

BC: Before Christ. Before Julius Caesar and the New Testament. Once upon a time, then, is not far off the mark.

Kalidasa was well named. When broken into its root words, 'Kali' and 'Dasa', his name means 'servant of Time', or 'servant of the Creative Power'.

Kalidasa probably belonged to the city of Ujjain, an ancient and prosperous centre of art and learning. The affection and pride with which he refers to it in his works seems to indicate as much. King Vikramaditya, the hero of the legend Vikram aur Vetal, celebrated down the centuries for his wisdom, had nine gems in his court. These nine gems were men of letters, and Kalidasa is believed to be one of them. King Vikramaditya may well have been the unnamed patron Kalidasa refers to in his writings.

Kalidasa wrote about a different world, one in which kings and sages, gods and apsaras cohabited and conspired to make things run smoothly on earth. This tendency to stray away from the earthly plane, and to use celestial beings as characters in his works, is not there only in Abhijnanashakuntalam. It extends into his other works, like Meghadutam and Vikramosvashiyam.

Even while there are no dates available, scholars believe Abhijnanashakuntalam. to be the last of Kalidasa's seven works. In it his language flows with more grace and ease than in any of his other writings. From the fiery passion of Rtusamharam (his first work), he has moved on to a mellower, deeper maturity of thought and characterization in Abhijnanashakuntalam.

 

Contents

 

  Acknowledgements vii
1. Abhijnanashakuntalam
Shakuntala
1
2. Mrichchakatika
The Little Clay Cart
19
3. Silappadikaram
The Story of an Anklet
57
4. Uttararamacharita
The Last Trial of Sita
88
5. Manimekalai
The Dancer and the Begging Bowl
120
6. Urubhangam
The Shattered Thigh
141
 

Sample Pages









Post a Comment
 
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Shakuntala and Other Stories from Ancient India (Language and Literature | Books)

Shakuntala Showing a Letter of Dushyanta to Her Friend
Deal 25% Off
Oil Painting on Canvas
36 inch x 48 inch
Item Code: OT79
$395.00$296.25
You save: $98.75 (25%)
 With Frame (Add $275.00)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Shakuntala Writes a Letter
Deal 25% Off
Oil Painting on Canvas
18.0 inch X 24.0 inch
Item Code: OS86
$175.00$131.25
You save: $43.75 (25%)
 With Frame (Add $135.00)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Lion, The Theme of Tales and Legends
Deal 25% Off
Brass Sculpture
13.5 inch X 17.5 inch X 6 inch
21.5 kg
Item Code: XE15
$695.00$521.25
You save: $173.75 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Main Nahin Makhan Khayo: Bhajans by M.S. Subbulakshmi (Audio CD)
M.S. Subbulakshmi
Saregama (1999)
Item Code: ICC079
$28.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Shakuntala
Water Color Painting on Paper
Artist:Kailash Raj
6.0 inch X 9.0 inch
Item Code: HO40
$205.00
Backorder
Backorder
Dushyanta and Shakuntala
Oil on Canvas
36 inch X 48 inch
Item Code: OT13
$490.00
Backorder
Backorder
Dushyanta and Shakuntala
Oil on Canvas
3.0 ft x 4.0 ft
Item Code: OP81
$525.00
Backorder
Backorder
Shakuntala with Friends
Oil on Canvas
Artist Om Prakash Saini
2.8 ft x 4.5 ft
Item Code: OP46
$415.00
Backorder
Backorder
Shakuntala and Other Timeless Tales from Ancient India
Deal 20% Off
by Adithi Rao
Paperback (Edition: 2012)
Scholastic India Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: NAI341
$16.00$12.80
You save: $3.20 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Great Plays of Kalidasa (Urvashi, Shakuntala, Malavika)
by Kamala Chandrakant
Paperback (Edition: 2007)
Amar Chitra Katha
Item Code: NAE750
$13.50
SOLD
Shakuntala
Deal 20% Off
by Anant Pai
Paperback Comic Book (Edition: 2001)
Amar Chitra Katha
Item Code: ACK54
$6.50$5.20
You save: $1.30 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay: The Romantic Rebel
Item Code: IDJ411
$28.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Kalamkari and Traditional Design Heritage of India
Deal 20% Off
by Shakuntala Ramani
Hardcover (Edition: 2007)
Wisdom Tree Publications
Item Code: IDI713
$57.00$45.60
You save: $11.40 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Astrology for You
by Shakuntala Devi
Paperback (Edition: 2014)
Orient Paperbacks
Item Code: IDG902
$10.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
I very much appreciate your web site and the products you have available. I especially like the ancient cookbooks you have and am always looking for others here to share with my friends.
Sam, USA
Very good service thank you. Keep up the good work !
Charles, Switzerland
Namaste! Thank you for your kind assistance! I would like to inform that your package arrived today and all is very well. I appreciate all your support and definitively will continue ordering form your company again in the near future!
Lizette, Puerto Rico
I just wanted to thank you again, mere dost, for shipping the Nataraj. We now have it in our home, thanks to you and Exotic India. We are most grateful. Bahut dhanyavad!
Drea and Kalinidi, Ireland
I am extremely very happy to see an Indian website providing arts, crafts and books from all over India and dispatching to all over the world ! Great work, keep it going. Looking forward to more and more purchase from you. Thank you for your service.
Vrunda
We have always enjoyed your products.
Elizabeth, USA
Thank you for the prompt delivery of the bowl, which I am very satisfied with.
Frans, the Netherlands
I have received my books and they are in perfect condition. You provide excellent service to your customers, DHL too, and I thank you for that. I recommended you to my friend who is the director of the Aurobindo bookstore.
Mr. Forget from Montreal
Thank you so much. Your service is amazing. 
Kiran, USA
I received the two books today from my order. The package was intact, and the books arrived in excellent condition. Thank you very much and hope you have a great day. Stay safe, stay healthy,
Smitha, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2020 © Exotic India