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Jataka Tales Bird Stories
Jataka Tales Bird Stories
All living creatures die to be born again, so the Hindus believe. Siddhartha, who became the Buddha, was no exception. It is believed that several lifetimes as a Bodhisattva go into the making of a Buddha, the Enlightened One. The Bodhisattva is one, who by performing virtuous, kind and intelligent acts, aspires to become a Buddha. The Bodhisattva came in many forms – man, monkey, deer, elephant, lion. Whatever his mortal body, he spreads the message of justice and wisdom, tempered with compassion.
This wisdom, the wisdom of right thinking and right living, is preserved in the Jataka stories. The Jataka tales, on which the present title is based, is collection of 550 stories included in the Pali canon. These are based on folklore, legends and ballads of ancient india. We cannot assign a definite date to the Jataka stories. Taking into account archaeological and literary evidence, it seems likely that they were compiled in the period between 3rd century BC and 5th century AD. The Jataka tales provide invaluable information about ancient Indian civilization, culture and philosophy.
This volume of bird stories that deals with issues of friendship, greed and loyalty, will keep the children amused, while never failing to point out the ultimate triumph of good over evil.
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Raja Bhoja - Paperback Comic Book
Raja Bhoja - Paperback Comic Book
Bhoja, King of Malwa during the 11th Century A.D., is well known to us as the central figure of the Vikramacharita. The original version of this work was probably written during his reign in his honour.

In Vikramacharita, Bhoja discovers the throne of Vikramaditya, which is adorned by 32 statues. Each of these statues tells him a story. These statues are Apsaras (fairies) who are under a curse. Only when Bhoja has proved to them that he is as magnanimous, noble and generous as Vikramditya may he ascend the throne. He does and they are released from the curse.

But the Bhojaprabandha (narrative of Bhoja) by Ballala from which the following episodes have been retold is romantic tale, written in Sanskrit, partly in verse and partly in prose.
Balalla was interested not so much in history as in heroics. In his attempt to magnify Bhoja as a patron of art and letter, Ballala has ignored historical facts. The poets Kalidasa and Bana, who, he said adored Bhoja’s court, belonged to centuries much before Bhoja
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Prithviraj Chauhan - Paperback Comic Book
Prithviraj Chauhan - Paperback Comic Book
With the death of Harsha, King of Kanauj, in about 647 A.d. his great empire in North India collapsed. It rapidly disintegrated into several petty kingdoms. This political division weakened the unity of the country and led to several violent disputes between the chieftains of these new kingdoms.

Foreign invaders took advantage of India’s disunity. Some time in the 12th century. The Afghan Chief Shahabuddin Ghori (also known as Mohammad of Ghor) captured the empire of Mahmud of Ghazni and became the new ruler of Ghazni.

After taking Lahore, he started his incursions into India. He marched to Delhi, which was then ruled by the valiant Rajput king Prithviraj Chauhan, who defeated him in the battle of Tarain.

The following year Mohammad returned to India and again met the forces of the Rajput king on the same battlefield. This time the Muslim invader inflicted a crushing defeat on the Hindu army.

This second battle proved to be a turning point in India history. It put an end to the Hindu Empire in Northern India forever and established Muslim rule.

Prithviraj Chauhan was a famous king and warrior. He was noted for his valour and chivalry. Despite his defeat and death, his name has been immortalized and he had become the hero of many legends. The story of Pithviraj Chauhan as told in the following pages is based on these legends.
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Mirabai - Paperback Comic Book
Mirabai - Paperback Comic Book
Lord Krishna is one of the most endearing deities of India mythology and is considered to be one of the ten avatars of lord Vishnu. The cult of Krishna is popular all over India. He is, at time, the simple cowherd indulging the milkmaids in playful banter. At other times, he is the supreme intellectual – expounding philosophy of the Gita. Krishna’s beguiling childish pranks and his dignified wisdom have, in turn, influenced the Hindu consciousness for centuries.

But he is perhaps the most popular as Krishna, the divine lover, playing his celestial flute on the moonlit banks of river Yamuna. And it is this form of Krishna that has come to us through the devotional lyrics of Mirabai.

There is no dearth of mystics in India. But among them Mirabai is unique. She was born a princess, and become a queen through marriage. Yet she chose to abide only in the kingdom of Krishna, unswerving in her immutable faith and devotion. Uncharitable relatives and doubting friends could not hinder her devotion. She had given herself to Krishna – she belonged to him completely.

The sweetness and passion of Mirabai’s songs in praise of Krishna made them popular all over the land. Even today, her lyrics remain a rich heritage of mystic poetry in India the story of Mira as narrated in this book is based on legend rather than on historical facts.
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Krishna and Shishupala - Paperback Comic Book
Krishna and Shishupala - Paperback Comic Book
Jaya and Vijaya, the guards at Vishnu’s abode, were vain and rude and were cursed to be born thrice n the world of mortals. The contrite guards were subsequently permitted one concession : they would be killed in each of their separate births by one of the incarnations of Vishnu.

Thus, first they were born as Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu, next as raven and Kumbhakaran and last as Shishupala and Datavaktra.

While the first two pairs were leading characters in their times, Shishupala remains a minor character in the Mahabharata and Dantavaktra, almost a nonentity.

Shishupala for all his show of valour remains a man of straw. In fact his only distinction was that he died at the hands of Krishna. He is also remembered as the jilted suitor of Rukmini.
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Mahatma Gandhi - The Early Days
Mahatma Gandhi - The Early Days
“I never saw Gandhi…I do not know his language. I never set foot in his country and yet, I feel the some sorrow as if I had lost someone near and dear,” wrote the Frenchman leon blum, when he heard of Mahatma Gandhi’’s death. Million felt the same, not only in India but the world over, for Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) was the only leader in modern history who strove to rule not en, but the hearts of men.

Mahatma Gandhi needs no introduction, nor does the magnanimity of his personality. With the principles of ahimsa (non-violence) and satya (truth), the cornerstones of his ideals, ingrained in his consciousness from childhood Gandhiji’s life is a lesson in quiet determination, unfaltering faith and profound values.

In the legendary words of Mahatma Gandhi himself:
“…for me the road to salvation lies through incessant toil in the service of my country and therefore of humanity.”
“…I recognize no God except the God that is to be found in the hearts of the dumb millions.”
“…how con I talk of God to the millions who have to go without two meals a day? To them, God can only appear as bread and butter.”
“…I may live without air and water, but not without Him. You may pluck out my eyes, but that will not kill mi. you may chop off my nose, but that will not kill me. But blast my belief in God and I am dead.”
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Sakshi Gopal - His Love Wrought a Miracle
Sakshi Gopal - His Love Wrought a Miracle
His love was powerful, his god merciful, but was that enough to win him the respect of the world ? More importantly, would he win the fair Vasanti as his wife? But who would be his witness? According to legend, a miracle occurred. The innocence of the penniless young orphan was declared. The dishonest, the greedy and the ungrateful could only watch on amazed.
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Tulsidas - Paperback Comic Book
Tulsidas - Paperback Comic Book
The Ramayana, written in Sanskrit by Valmiki is considered to be the adikavya, the first poem ever written. Tulsidas rendered it in Hindi in the 16th century, although his version, called Ramcharitmanas, differed from the original in many ways. It was written at a time when a vast area of India was under Mughal rule. Amongst the Hindu, there were frequent debates between the worshippers of Shiva, Vishnu and dthe Mother Goddess, and again between the worshippes of Rama and Krishna. There were also other cults, which were isolated from mainstream India life. In such an atmosphere, Tulsidas attempted to weave all the cults into an integrated whole.

The Rama of his story did not tolerate anyone who showed disrespect to Shiva. Tulsidas worshipped not only at temples dedicated to Rama but also at Krishna temples. His works and teachings stressed the importance of the life of a householder and weaned people away from tantric cults.

Tusidas hailed from a poor family of Rajapur in Uttar Pradesh. He was orphaned soon after his birth and even his foster-mother died when he was barely seven years old. When he was married, he became deeply attached to he wife, Ratna. She was the only person he could call his own. One day, not finding her at home on his return, he became extremely restless and rushed to his father-in-law’s house in the dead of the night, braving heavy rains and storm. But Ratna rebuded him and said, “Had you loved Rama as intensely as you do this bundle of flesh and bones, you would have overcome all mortal fears.” This was the turning point in his life.

The story narrated in this book is mostly based on legends of Tulsidas.
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Tansen - Paperback Comic Book
Tansen - Paperback Comic Book
Thansen is a legendary symbol of classical Indian music. Heralded as one of the greatest musicians of all times, Tansen was also a pioneer who opened up new avenues in song and composition by breaking down the convention of the traditional jatis and ragas of Hindustani classical music. He was not only a great performer, but also a highly accomplished composer and musicologist. Tansen found great patronage in the Mughal Emperor Akbar, and came to be renowned as one of the “nine game” of his court.

Indian music had no system of notations and therefore there is no way of knowing how musicians performed in the past. Tansen is still a living influence today because of his original composition like Miyan Ki Malhar, Darbari Kanada, Miyan Ki Todi and Dhrupad, which are everlasting in their appeal and are enriched by Tansen’s typical genius.

The legends of Tansen’s ability to start a fire with his rendition of the raga Deepak or to bring down rains with Raga Megh Malhar may not bear scrutiny of science perhaps. But they certainly contain a seed of truth about the immense potentialities of music, it invoked by geniuses like Tansen.
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Prahlad - Paperback Comic Book
Prahlad - Paperback Comic Book
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Bheeshma - Paperback Comic Book
Bheeshma - Paperback Comic Book
In ancient days, when the king was second only to God in power and authority, a young prince, Devavrata, declined a grand kingdom. He reinforced his refusal by a vow of celibacy so that no offspring of his could come forth to claim it either. He took this difficult decision to please his father Shantanu, and was thereafter hailed by the gods as “Bheeshma” “on the terrible oath”.

It is ironical that Bheeshma, who declined to be a king, wielded royal power longer than any other king of that dynasty. He was the regent for his stepbrothers and for his nephews. Yet, all his was not of his choosing – he had to rule despite his renunciation until duryodhana came of age.

It was perhaps because he had guarded Dhritarashtra’s throne all his life that he sided with Duryodhana against the Pandava princes in the great Mahabharata war and remained loyal to his king. Bheeshma commanded the Kaurava army, and as a soldier and a leader, he was invincible.
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Guru Arjan - The Man Who Knew No Fear
Guru Arjan - The Man Who Knew No Fear
When Guru Ramdas chose his youngest son, Arjanmal, to succeed him as the fifth guru of the Sikhs, it created a lot of ill-will in his eldest son, Prithichand. But the choice was nt wrong. Guru Arjan was the very embodiment of love, humility and courage. His greatest sahib and construction of the Har Mandir Sahib in Amritar. He was the first Sikh martyr and by his death inspired his followers to uphold the truth under any pressure.
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Raman of Tanali - Paperback Comic Book
Raman of Tanali - Paperback Comic Book
The triumph of wit over might, of brain over brawn, is a recurring theme in literature. Sometimes, as in the fable of David and Goliath, the gigantic Goliath is defeated with a sling and stone. But more often, like with Tenali Raman, it is done with nimble wit.

Tenali Raman was Telugu poet and jester at the court of King Krisnadevaraya of Vijayanagara. He was renowned as the “Birbal of the South” and many stories that have passed into folklore are attributed to him. Some of these are obviously invented to show his ready wit, like the one about his encounter with Goddess Kali.

This story describes the series of events that first bring the poor young lad Ramalingam of Tenali to the court of King Krishnadevaraya.
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Birbal the Genius - Paperback Comic Book
Birbal the Genius - Paperback Comic Book
Birbal’s sharp intellect saw him rise to a prominent position as a minister in the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. His wit and wisdom endeared him not only to Akbar, but also to a vast majority of the subjects of the Mughal Empire. He had the rare distinction of achieving immense popularity during his lifetime, next only to that of Akbar. He was a fair administrator, a brave soldier and, perhaps what pleased Akbar the most, a good jester.

This Amar Chitra Katha narrates some amusing anecdotes of Birbal’s quick wit, sharp thinking and his sense of fairness and justice. It is his fine discriminatory sense that draw Akbar’s attention in the first story of this volume. Thereafter, as one of the nine gems of Akbar’s court, Birbal truly shines.

The fact that Birbal was also a good poet is little known. He wrote under the pen name ‘Brahma’ and collection of his poems is preserved in the Bharatpur Museum. Though popularly known as Birbal his real name was Maheshdas. It is believed that he belonged to a poor Brahmin family of Trivikrampur (now known as Tikawanpur), on the banks of the River Yamuna. His phenomenal success made many courtiers jealous and, if popular accounts are to be believed, they were constantly plotting against him.

According to legend, even his death, while leading a large military expedition to Afghanistan, was result of treachery. Though he was killed in battle, the expedition was successful and managed to subdue the turbulent province. Akbar was so moved when he heard of Birbal’s death that he burst forth into a couplet and lamented, “Birbal, you never hurt the helpless. You always gave them whatever you had. I am helpless now and yet you have left nothing for me.” Akbar found in Birbal a true friend and sympathizer.
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Jataka Tales - Deer Stories
Jataka Tales - Deer Stories
All living creatures die to be born again, so the Hindus believe. Siddhartha, who became the Buddha, was no exception. It is believed that several lifetimes as a Bodhisattva go into the making of Buddha, the Enlightened One. The Bodhisattva is one, who be performing virtuous, kind and intelligent acts, aspires to become a Buddha. The Bodhisattva came in many forms – man, monkey, deer, elephant, lion. Whatever his mortal body, he spreads the message of justice and wisdom, tempered with compassion.

This wisdom, the wisdom of right thinking and right living, is preserved in the jataka stories the jataka tales, on which the present title is based, is a collection of 550 stories date to the jataka stories. Taking into account archaeological and literary evidence, it seems likely they were compiled in the period between 3rd century BC and 5th century AD. The jataka tales provide invaluable information about ancient India civilization, culture and philosophy.

The volume of deer stories will keep the children amused, while never failing to point out the ultimate triumph of good over evil.
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Krishnadeva Raya - Paperback Comic Book
Krishnadeva Raya - Paperback Comic Book
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jataka Tales - Elephant Stories
jataka Tales - Elephant Stories
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Lord of Lanka - Paperback Comic Book
Lord of Lanka - Paperback Comic Book
The Ramayana of Valmiki is considered to be the oldest epic of India. Unlike the Mahabharata, the story of Rama has no historical foundation Yet the poem has become an intrinsic part of Hindu life. The victory of rama over Ravana. Symoilizing the victory of good over evil, is still celebrated all over India during the Dassera festival in October.

The story of Rama has inspired many to write poems and scholarly treatises. A number of versions of the story are prevalent, not only in Sanskrit, the language in which Valmiki wrote his Ramayana but also in Hindi, Bengali, Tamil and other Indian languages.

Mumali, a rakshasa king, comes form the nether-world to the world of men in search of a groom for his daughter, Kaikesi. He is impressed by the mighty Kubera, son of Vishrava. He argues that is if his daughter were to marry Vishrava, she too would bear great sons. The marriage takes place but Kaikasi bears rakshasa children. The oldest is named Ravana. Urged by his ambitious mother, Ravana puts forth his claim to be the Lord of Lanka. Thereafter follow a number of adventures, ultimately leading to the siege of Lanka by Rama.

The story, as narrated here, is based on the Uttara Kanda of Valmiki’s Ramayana.
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Shivaji - Paperback Comic Book
Shivaji - Paperback Comic Book
During the seventeenth century, the Mughals reigned supreme over Northern Central India. In the Deccan endless battles went on between other kings like Adil Shah of Bijapr and chiefs like the Nawab of Janjira. The common man suffered at the hands of the officers as well as the marauding Khans and Sardars. Even the seal of such fighting races as the Rajputs had been suppressed by centuries of slavery under Mughal rule. Many of them had become mere puppets, holding posts of honour under their royal masters.

At such a peiod was Shivaji born. He was the son of an incredible brave father and wise and loving mother. These two and teacher named Dadoji were the moulding influences on shivaji’s character. The boy showed and uncommon understanding of the happenings around him. The wicked deeds of the ruling class made him angry and restless. The flame of freedom burnt in the little boy’s heart. He collected around him a band of devoted followers and as they grew up they swore to throw off the yoke of alien rule.

How shivaji carried out his ambitious plans with success, is told in pictures in the following pages.
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The Tiger and The Woodpecker
The Tiger and The Woodpecker
Telugu, a vibrant language even in medieval times, produced the distinguished poet manchana. His stories are all delightful lessons in wisdom. Some teach us the value of honour while others tell us that might is not always right. We see a tiny rat outwitting a venomous serpent and then an old turtle saving his friends from a greedy eagle. Read on to learn a trick or two.
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Crows and Owls - a Collection of Panchatantra Tales
Crows and Owls - a Collection of Panchatantra Tales
Pandit Vishnu Sharma found an ideal teaching tool – tales from a collection he called the Panchatantra. Gently guiding his pupils towards a life of honour and nobility, his fables provided joyful entertainment as well. They are read even today, 2000 years later, by peoples of diverse cultures in various languages. All that is foolish as well as unkind in the human character is starkly revealed, together with some useful advice: pick your friends wisely!
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Birbal The Clever - Tale of Birbal
Birbal The Clever - Tale of Birbal
Birbal had proved himself to be the mast reliable minister at court, time and again. He dispensed justice, dealt diplomatically with other rulers, led military expeditions and composed poetry. In addition, he also rescued Akbar from the dangers of arrogance and unfettered power. Most importantly, he made the Great Mughal Laugh.
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Bikal The Terrible- The Tale of Frightened Tiger
Bikal The Terrible- The Tale of Frightened Tiger
Bikal is the original ‘He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’. The best way to ward off Bikal the Terrible is to avoid taking his name. The word bikal inspires such fear and awe that even a figer gets scared of Bikal and tamely allws himself to be fooled by two daredevils. This is a delightful folktale from Madhya Pradesh.
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