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.
|Eight elephants seated in court||1|
|Four priceless Chinese vases, smashed!||7|
|When the royal poet was snubbed||17|
|An incomplete poem||25|
|Tenali Raman meets his match||31|
|The dream palace||50|
|My project begins||57|
|The mysterious white horse||63|
|Horses for sandalwood||70|
|The king who stole a statue||74|
|The statue that vanished||80|
|A priceless bowl of water||87|
|A city inhabited by the gods||94|
|Professor Saab meets Auntie Ela||100|
|A general's priorities||106|
|A bankrupt king||111|
|Cooking counters and game boards||117|
|A 'bad-luck' face||123|
|The truthful tableau||129|
|A grand wedding||138|
|Back to school||144|
|TJ's first official tour||147|
|The jester plays diplomat||153|
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 Raman.
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 PENGUIN INDIA
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.