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Publisher:Vision Books Pvt. Ltd.
Published In:2008
Binding Type:Paperback
Weight:0.70 lbs
Pages:pp. [vi] + 241, Figures, Glossary

The Title "Gods, Demons and Others" is written by R.K. Narayan. This book was published in the year 2008. The ISBN number 8170945003|9788170945000 is assigned to the Paperback version of this title. This book has total of pp. [vi] + 241 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Vision Books Pvt. Ltd.. We have about 596 other great books from this publisher. Gods, Demons and Others is currently Available with us.

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About the Book

Here is R.K. Narayan's delightful selection of stories from India's vast treasure-house of myths and legends handed down through the ages. Drawing his stories from The Ramayana, The Mahabharata and other great Indian epics, Narayan tells the tales as they might be recounted by the wise village storyteller.

In the legends, where all things are possible, one thousand years seem only a second, and good ultimately triumphs over evil. The Devi, who is the personfication of the highest beauty and energy, vanquishes the demon Manisha who has invaded the heavens : Manmata, the god of love, is burned up physically when he enrages the austere god Shiva. Yama, the god of death, is persuaded for the first time to relinquish a soul when the mourning but determined Savitri pleades for the return of her husband.

The spectacle of battle, the fascinating mystery of the supernatural, the passion, devotion and laughter of love, the quest of the spirit for eternity - such are the ingredients of legends. And Narayan's retelling evokes them all with superb skill to provide the reader a treasury of enchanting myths which have for centuries painted the landscape of Indian life and mind.

About the Author

and Others an was born in Madras in South India and educated in Mysore which has also been his home for over half-century now. Narayan is one of India's most distinguished writers at work today. Through his several novels and short stories, he has created the enchanting fictional world of Malgudi which has captivated his readers throughout the world and, more recently, millions of Indian television viewers who saw TV adaptations of several of his Malgudi stories.

Narayan's books are regularly published in USA, UK and India and have also been widely translated into several European and Indian languages. His novel The Guide (1958) won the Sahitya Akademi Award, India's highest literary honour. In 1980, Narayan was awarded the A.C. Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature and in 1982 he was made an Honorary Member of the American Academy and Institute of Ails and letters. In 1986, he was nominated for a 6-year term to Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Indian Parliament in recognition of his outstanding literary stature.

Apart from Gods, Demons, and Others R.K. Narayan has also retold the great Indian epics The Mahabharata and The Ramayana which are also available in Vision Books. Sketches : R.K. Laxman
Retold : R.K. Narayan


The World of the Storyteller
The Gods of the Stories

I :
1. Lavana
2. Chudala
3. Yayati

II :
1. Devi
2. Vishwamitra
3. Manmata

1. Ravana
2. Valmiki
3. Draupadi

IV :
1. Nala
2. Savitri
3. The M1spaired Anklet
4. Shakuntala

V :
1. Harishchandra
2. Sibi

A Note on Cosmogony