Title - The Panchatheertha Part I
Author - Rajiv Mittal
Genre - Humour/Satire
Publisher - Amazon Kindle
ASIN - B07KSBFTTS
Though I have read Panchatantra when I was a kid, I hardly could remember the stories now as I had read them more than 30 years ago. Now you might be roughly knowing my age :-) Having said that, though I felt the actual story was more focused and written for the kids but the new version I felt is apt for all ages.
What did I like about this book?
The stories talks in detail about various life events by stressing on morals but in an ironic way. This is a lengthy write-up and if you need to grasp all the contents, you may have to spend at least 4-5 days. The collection of 24 stories(I guess I have got that right) has a hidden gem and revolves around characters portrayed by various animals.
I was also pleasantly surprised with the usage of Tamil words(in English of course)in few words. Though they were bad words, I am not complaining it here since most of us including the kids are aware of them these days. I can very well say that the usage of these words are totally justified.
If you have evergreen memories of the actual Panchatantra stories, you would like these stories doubly as you can very well relate it to the original version and as I have mentioned earlier that I hardly remember the actual stories, I felt like as if I am reading them all, totally new/afresh.
Author has used simple language and the formation of sequences were real good which wouldn't make reader feel bored. Most importantly you also have a take away(moral) with each story which you can share it with the kids in your home because it is high time that they are brought up with morals which is becoming a rarity these days...
The book is available on Amazon on both paperback and kindle versions and is also available on other channels including Pothi