Tales from the Himalayas


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Delightful, entertaining and varied collection of stories for children

I'm so glad I came across this delightful book of short stories for children. Although the stories are based in Uttarakhand (India), they have a universal appeal that children will relate to. Some stories have a moral, some are full of action and adventure, some even feature ghosts!

The language is simple and the storytelling is clear and engaging. The wide variety of stories in this collection ensures that every child will find something he/she likes. Many of the stories have surprising twists that I didn't see coming.

My favorite stories were The Snow Leopard (a wizened grandma narrating a story of her childhood), Postcard (about the relationship between a grandfather and grandson) and The Villain (about colorism and feeling confident in one's skin).

The characters, places, and settings are described in exquisite detail so that readers can form a vivid picture in their minds. The majestic hills, the cold climate, and the natural beauty of the Himalayas come alive in these stories. I was transported back to my childhood while reading them.

I would highly recommend this collection of short stories for children to learn about life and culture in Uttarakhand and for adults to remember a simpler childhood that is now lost in the melee of digital devices and social media.

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Priyanka Pradhan is a Dubai-based journalist with over 13 years of experience in television, print and electronic media, across India and the UAE. Previously, she was assistant editor for The New York Times Style Magazine (UAE and Qatar editions) and Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East in Dubai. view profile

Published on October 05, 2020

Published by Rupa Publications (India)

40000 words

Genre: Children's

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