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 > Sufi > Wonder-Tales of South Asia
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Wonder-Tales of South Asia
Wonder-Tales of South Asia
Description
Preface

These translations are some of those that I have made through many years of my life, partly as a pleasurable old-fashioned exercise in matching the expressions and ways of thought in a number of languages with their equivalents in English. By far the earliest of the translations was "The Flower of Bakawali", done when I was a young man entranced by the discovery of lithographic printings of these stories in elegant nasta 'liq script on cheap brown paper, with highly coloured wrappers of giants or demons dragging innocent maidens by the hair and similar subjects. They were laid out on the ground beside the seller, below the soaring steps of the Great Mosque of Delhi, beneath its red sandstone and marble scalloped arches and three great onion domes.

The other tales were mostly translated in spare moments during the last fifteen years. Two items in the collection, the Nepali "Madhumalati and Madhukar" and the selection from "The Headman and the Barber", were the result of an attempt to improve the reading skills in Devanagari of a small boy earning a precarious living on the streets of Kathmandu. Now grown to manhood, Manoj Kumar will recognize himself when he reads this in English, and I dedicate the anthology to him. I also must acknowledge my debt to my old friend Leonard Harrow, who has made possible the publication of this book by his speedy and sympathetic discussions with me on every aspect of its production.

Three of the items translated have claims to authorship that vary with the publishers and places of printing, but are substantially the same text. The translator claims no moral rights over the tales that he has translated, and he will be glad if they are retold and give pleasure.

"So may anyone who tells or listens to this story or keeps a book of it in his house find happiness and riches in this world and dwell in heaven in the next"

Simon Digby

was born in Jabalpur in 1932. The son of a judge and an artist renowned for her Indian landscapes. His own wide-ranging interests in the culture of the Indian subcontinent embrace religious, literary, social, and military history.

He divides his time between South Asia and Jersey. Channel Islands.

"One should read these Wonder-Tales of South Asia as an entertainment for the pleasure of the narrative and of the anecdotes, and the strangeness of the landscapes, beliefs and customs. If one searches for an excuse for one's pleasure, one may also say that they are rich in implicit teachings on Indian ways of thought, and this will be true.

-Gerard Fussman, College de France. Paris

"Simon Digby's Wonder-Tales of South Asia is a book written with love, affection, and scholarly rigour. He has a special interest in subaltern life and deviant or nonconformist figures. The translations have an even quality of free-flowing lucidity that gives them the illusion of original compositions."

-M Asaduddin, Hindu
"Tale of mystery and marvel, many of which celebrate the wildly improbable exploits of the holy men of various religions of the Indian subcontinent. The notes are an enchanting display of nonchalant erudition."
-Robert Irwin, Times Literary Supplement

CONTENTS
1Madhumalati and Madhukar9
2The Flower of Bakawali59
3The Tale of Gorakh Nath140
4Medieval Sufi Tales of Jogis221
5Tales from the Afghan Sultanates in India234
6Two Bad Kings meet Bad Ends241
7The Wanderings of a 16th Century Darvish244
8The Original Story of Ganga Ram the Headman and Bulakhi Ram The Barber254
9The Background of the Tales276
10Sources and Further Reading297

Wonder-Tales of South Asia

Item Code:
IDI571
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2006
ISBN:
0195686333
Language:
(Translated from Hindi, Urdu, Nepali and Persian)
Size:
8.3"X 5.4
Pages:
303
Price:
$27.50   Shipping Free
Notify me when this item is available
Notify me when this item is available
You will be notified when this item is available
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Wonder-Tales of South Asia

Verify the characters on the left

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 7012 times since 2nd Oct, 2008
Preface

These translations are some of those that I have made through many years of my life, partly as a pleasurable old-fashioned exercise in matching the expressions and ways of thought in a number of languages with their equivalents in English. By far the earliest of the translations was "The Flower of Bakawali", done when I was a young man entranced by the discovery of lithographic printings of these stories in elegant nasta 'liq script on cheap brown paper, with highly coloured wrappers of giants or demons dragging innocent maidens by the hair and similar subjects. They were laid out on the ground beside the seller, below the soaring steps of the Great Mosque of Delhi, beneath its red sandstone and marble scalloped arches and three great onion domes.

The other tales were mostly translated in spare moments during the last fifteen years. Two items in the collection, the Nepali "Madhumalati and Madhukar" and the selection from "The Headman and the Barber", were the result of an attempt to improve the reading skills in Devanagari of a small boy earning a precarious living on the streets of Kathmandu. Now grown to manhood, Manoj Kumar will recognize himself when he reads this in English, and I dedicate the anthology to him. I also must acknowledge my debt to my old friend Leonard Harrow, who has made possible the publication of this book by his speedy and sympathetic discussions with me on every aspect of its production.

Three of the items translated have claims to authorship that vary with the publishers and places of printing, but are substantially the same text. The translator claims no moral rights over the tales that he has translated, and he will be glad if they are retold and give pleasure.

"So may anyone who tells or listens to this story or keeps a book of it in his house find happiness and riches in this world and dwell in heaven in the next"

Simon Digby

was born in Jabalpur in 1932. The son of a judge and an artist renowned for her Indian landscapes. His own wide-ranging interests in the culture of the Indian subcontinent embrace religious, literary, social, and military history.

He divides his time between South Asia and Jersey. Channel Islands.

"One should read these Wonder-Tales of South Asia as an entertainment for the pleasure of the narrative and of the anecdotes, and the strangeness of the landscapes, beliefs and customs. If one searches for an excuse for one's pleasure, one may also say that they are rich in implicit teachings on Indian ways of thought, and this will be true.

-Gerard Fussman, College de France. Paris

"Simon Digby's Wonder-Tales of South Asia is a book written with love, affection, and scholarly rigour. He has a special interest in subaltern life and deviant or nonconformist figures. The translations have an even quality of free-flowing lucidity that gives them the illusion of original compositions."

-M Asaduddin, Hindu
"Tale of mystery and marvel, many of which celebrate the wildly improbable exploits of the holy men of various religions of the Indian subcontinent. The notes are an enchanting display of nonchalant erudition."
-Robert Irwin, Times Literary Supplement

CONTENTS
1Madhumalati and Madhukar9
2The Flower of Bakawali59
3The Tale of Gorakh Nath140
4Medieval Sufi Tales of Jogis221
5Tales from the Afghan Sultanates in India234
6Two Bad Kings meet Bad Ends241
7The Wanderings of a 16th Century Darvish244
8The Original Story of Ganga Ram the Headman and Bulakhi Ram The Barber254
9The Background of the Tales276
10Sources and Further Reading297
Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Wonder-Tales of South Asia (Language and Literature | Books)

South Asia: Definitions and Clarifications
Deal 20% Off
by Reginald Massey
Hardcover (Edition: 2010)
Abhinav Publications
Item Code: NAF035
$20.00$16.00
You save: $4.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The World of Asian Stories (A Teaching resource)
by Cathy Spagnoli
Paperback (Edition: 2010)
Tulika Publishers
Item Code: NAG786
$17.00
SOLD
A Letter from India (Cotemporary Short Stories From Pakistan)
Deal 20% Off
by Moazzam Sheikh
Paperback (Edition: 2004)
Penguin Books
Item Code: IHL337
$17.50$14.00
You save: $3.50 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Day’s End Stories (Life After Sundown in Small-Town India)
by Subuhi Jiwani
Paperback (Edition: 2014)
Tranquebar Press
Item Code: NAG619
$15.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Tales and Teachings of the Mahabharat
by Janaki Abhishekhi
Hardcover (Edition: 1998)
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Item Code: IDK768
$37.50
SOLD
The Tibetan Corpse Stories (By Acarya Nagarjuna and King Gautamiputra)
Deal 20% Off
Item Code: NAH515
$54.00$43.20
You save: $10.80 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Somadeva (Tales From The Kathasaritsagara)
by Arshia Sattar
Paperback (Edition: 1994)
Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: NAF006
$20.00
SOLD
The Book of Nizamuddin Aulia
by Mehru Jaffer
Paperback (Edition: 2012)
Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: NAF108
$15.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
A Cultural History of India
Item Code: IDF960
$30.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Cultural Heritage of India (Set of 9 Volumes)
Item Code: NAF605
$450.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The History and Culture of the Indian People (Set of XI Volumes)
by R.C. Majumdar
Hardcover (Edition: 2010)
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Item Code: NAJ001
$415.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
I received the package today... Wonderfully wrapped and packaged (beautiful statue)! Please thank all involved for everything they do! I deeply appreciate everyone's efforts!
Frances, USA
I have always been delighted with your excellent service and variety of items.
James, USA
I've been happy with prior purchases from this site!
Priya, USA
Thank you. You are providing an excellent and unique service.
Thiru, UK
Thank You very much for this wonderful opportunity for helping people to acquire the spiritual treasures of Hinduism at such an affordable price.
Ramakrishna, Australia
I really LOVE you! Wonderful selections, prices and service. Thank you!
Tina, USA
This is to inform you that the shipment of my order has arrived in perfect condition. The actual shipment took only less than two weeks, which is quite good seen the circumstances. I waited with my response until now since the Buddha statue was a present that I handed over just recently. The Medicine Buddha was meant for a lady who is active in the healing business and the statue was just the right thing for her. I downloaded the respective mantras and chants so that she can work with the benefits of the spiritual meanings of the statue and the mantras. She is really delighted and immediately fell in love with the beautiful statue. I am most grateful to you for having provided this wonderful work of art. We both have a strong relationship with Buddhism and know to appreciate the valuable spiritual power of this way of thinking. So thank you very much again and I am sure that I will come back again.
Bernd, Spain
You have the best selection of Hindu religous art and books and excellent service.i AM THANKFUL FOR BOTH.
Michael, USA
I am very happy with your service, and have now added a web page recommending you for those interested in Vedic astrology books: https://www.learnastrologyfree.com/vedicbooks.htm Many blessings to you.
Hank, USA
As usual I love your merchandise!!!
Anthea, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2019 © Exotic India