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By A. K. Ramanujan

ISBN-10: 0520203992

ISBN-13: 9780520203990

This e-book of oral stories from the south Indian zone of Kannada represents the end result of a life of study by way of A. okay. Ramanujan, the most respected students and writers of his time. the results of over 3 a long time' hard work, this long-awaited assortment makes to be had for the 1st time a wealth of folktales from a zone that has no longer but been appropriately represented in global literature. Ramanujan's ability as a translator, his swish writing sort, and his profound love and figuring out of the topic improve the stories that he amassed, translated, and interpreted.With a written literature recorded from approximately 800 A.D., Kannada is wealthy in mythology, devotional and secular poetry, and extra lately novels and performs. Ramanujan, born in Mysore in 1929, had an intimate wisdom of the language. within the Fifties, whilst operating as a faculty lecturer, he begun gathering those stories from all people he could--servants, aunts, schoolteachers, childrens, carpenters, tailors. In 1970 he begun translating and examining the stories, a venture that absorbed him for the subsequent 3 a long time. while Ramanujan died in 1993, the translations have been entire and he had written notes for roughly half the tales.With its unsentimental sympathies, its laughter, and its delightfully vibrant feel of aspect, the gathering stands as an important and relocating monument to Ramanujan's reminiscence as a pupil and author.

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Yes,” said the acrobat girl.  Two more years rolled by.  The time for his life to stir again was near.  So she put down the cup and went back to bathe and offer worship.  They became husband and wife while the princess sat inside, long absorbed in prayer, the woman who had served him for twelve long years.  She began to work as their servant while the prince and the acrobat woman sat back and enjoyed themselves.  All she wants is a talking doll,” he thought.  The acrobat girl was overjoyed at the sight of the rough food; now she began to thrive and get color in her cheeks.

When she was done, she belched a big belch of utter satisfaction, picked up the empty vessel, and went to the pond to wash it.  She tapped on the door, which was soon opened by her angry mother­in­law.  When the husband came home, he too joined in the punishment.  Worship and rituals were performed all over the village.  She is angry.  No one came forward.  She wants me to lose face in the village.  But the daughter­in­law persisted and finally convinced her that she knew something no one else knew.

The princess saw all these things around her.  Let's do something,” she said, and started massaging his legs.  She bathed and cooked, kept house and looked after the dead body, and thought about all the things that had happened to her. ” She had answered from within, and told her father what had happened.  Time passed, and they grew old.  She looked all around the house, tried the doors, and at last climbed onto the roof.  Just then, she saw a young woman looking through a window. ” “Yes,” said the acrobat girl.

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