Indian Tales

by Shenaaz Nanji

Welcome to India! You are about to enter a country that is bursting with color, life, and contrasts. The stories you will find here come from all over the Indian subcontinent. You will read about magical spirits in the mountains of the northeast; sneaky robbers and brave heroines in the heart of the Indus valley; action and adventure in the far south and much, much more. And to complete your Indian experience, you’ll also learn some fun facts about each of the states that the stories come from. This is a trip of a lifetime!


This collection of stories by Calgary author Shenaaz Nanji reads like an Aesop’s fables from India. Rich in description and imagery, the stories are full of gods, mortals, royalty, love and magic. Some have common themes — the evil stepmother, read more

Highly Recommended

Barefoot Books celebrates art and story again in a colourful collection of tales from South Asia. It is our experience that one of the biggest audiences for folklore from a country will be the children and parents whose heritage is read more

—Manitoba Library Association
CM . . . . Volume XIV Number 11 . . . . January 25, 2008

This anthology presents eight fluid retellings of folktales from different Indian states…An introduction offers a brief overview of the country’s history, from Indus Valley civilization to the Mughal dynasties, concluding with a paragraph about modern India. Each folktale is preceded read more

—School Library Journal

American Library Association

Part folklore, part cultural tour, this collection of eight folktales begins with a short, enthusiastic introduction to India’s diverse history, people, and landscape. The stories have been drawn from distinct areas of India—from Punjab in the north to Tamil Nadu read more

—Linda Perkins

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