Kavitha Mandana started her writing career as an advertising copywriter. She began writing and
illustrating for children after her daughter was born ten years ago. She has written extensively for the
Deccan Herald's children's supplement Open Sesame and the children's magazine
Chatterbox. Her other loves are gardening, doodling and dog-sitting an adopted stray.
Hampi, September 2005: A breathtaking landscape, the ruins of a prosperous kingdom, and
over cups of hot tea, two friends discover stories about the world's smartest jester Tenali
Sulekha is studying in Class V and has been allowed by her principal to accompany her mother
to Hampi, on the condition that she produces a full report about life in the Vijayanagar empire on her
return. In Hampi, Sulekha meets the cocky TJ, who claims to be a descendant of one of
Vijayanagar's most famous citizens, Tenali Raman, and together they start collecting stories about the
jester and his kingdom.
Tenali, it turns out, had a solution to every problem that befell the kingdom—from the mundane
to the bizarre: How do you carry a pot brimming with holy water over hundreds of miles, without
spilling a single drop? The king wants to build a palace he has seen only in his dreams, how can he
be stopped? And a man is to be hanged for having a 'bad-luck' face, can Tenali prevent this?
As they exchange anecdotes about Tenali Raman,Sulekha and her friends' also learn more about
the Vijayanagar empire, King Krishnadevaraya and what life was like in sixteenth-century sout
Wounderfully witty and bubbling over v and facts, this book is not just about one of India's
sharpest minds, it is a peep into a vibrant period in Indian history.