I still remember the time when we used to read stories in school and at home that had a moralistic end to them. My favourite of the lot was the english book “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” The tricky boy never left my mind. Till date his grinning face is imprinted in my mind.
Then there was the Hindi collection of similar stories from the tales of Mahabharata and Ramayana which were called the Panchtantra.
This is on similar lines but the Author Santhosh chose the teachings written in the Vedas.
1: Do not let the greed define you.
The story talks about a man’s greed and to win his prized possession he goes to indefinite lengths and once he reaches there he realizes to look the richest he needs to feel the richest something like the king. But the man realizes if he wants to feel like a king he also needs to shed the face of greed and become the majestic person inside he truly is.
2. Your choices make you who you are.
A man finds a bruised king of the enemy state lying in the forest and instead of killing the king,the man takes care of him and which made the king wonder why did he do it?
3. Your bad deeds/karma comes back and punish you.
Ratha, a mischievous boy while trying to trouble someone gets in a big trouble of his own.
4. Giving into temptation makes you lose respect you once gained.
Don’t want to spoil the story by telling you what happens.
5. We need to approach every living being with love and co-exist.
A beast from the forest comes into the village and spoils the kitchen of the villagers.
6. The innocence of a child can’t be compared.
One day, Ekala accompanies his father to his place of work which changes Ekala’s world.
7. A good deed is not a good deed if in the process it is hurting someone.
A temple has been built but the villagers are still not happy. Why? Read and find out.
8. Your head should always bow in front of humility.
A story of two brothers and what makes the other bow in front of the other.
9. Never to forget where you come from and to not let money and greed get to your head.
2 brothers who are farmers face disaster and have lost all hope but at the last moment they are saved.
The book made me come to the conclusion that “oh the times have changed!” doesn’t really apply since we see these stories in our community,our society even today. The stories have been given a great build up and I liked the characters in every story. Short stories are the hardest to follow since one story is very detached from the second story but here the author has written the book in such a way that the momentum is not lost and he ends the stories on a sweet note which does not make you want more out of that particular short story. The Art of Story telling.
I finished in one sitting. The simple language makes it a very approachable read. The book is relevant even today and why it connects with you because each of the stories talk about the common people and the evils or the desires that each of us have. Full points for the creative title and its book cover is well thought out. A lot of thought has been put in the format. The grammar and punctuation by an Indian author is finally a relief for the eyes.
Devotion without purity is like honey without sweetness.Walks Through Life