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By A. K. Ramanujan

This ebook of oral stories from the south Indian zone of Kannada represents the fruits of a life of learn by way of A. okay. Ramanujan, essentially the most respected students and writers of his time. the results of over 3 a long time' exertions, this long-awaited assortment makes to be had for the 1st time a wealth of folktales from a zone that has now not but been accurately represented in international literature. Ramanujan's ability as a translator, his sleek writing variety, and his profound love and realizing of the topic enhance the stories that he accumulated, 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 Nineteen Fifties, while operating as a faculty lecturer, he started gathering those stories from every person he could—servants, aunts, schoolteachers, young children, carpenters, tailors. In 1970 he all started translating and studying the stories, a undertaking that absorbed him for the subsequent 3 many years. whilst Ramanujan died in 1993, the translations have been whole and he had written notes for roughly 1/2 the tales.

With its unsentimental sympathies, its laughter, and its delightfully shiny experience of aspect, the gathering stands as an important and relocating monument to Ramanujan's reminiscence as a pupil and writer.

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