Book Review: Adbhut by Meena Arora Nayak

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Book Title:  Adbhut: Marvellous Creatures of Indian Myth and Folklore 
Author:
Meena Arora Nayak
Published By:
Aleph Book Company
No. of pages: 216

Book Review

Mythology helps us how to express to the human race the thought process of an ancient civilization. Myths are the instruments to transport one back to the delightful state of imagination, after which it touches the real and the unreal. Myths are glimpses of the strange and beautiful world through stories that deal with numerous aspects of natural surroundings, social life, and environs, such as creation, natural resources, and the superhuman actions of gods and humans. Whereas Folklore comprises the unrecorded traditions of a people—the collection of traditional customs and stories passed through the generations by word of mouth.

Adbhut by Meena Arora Nayak
Adbhut by Meena Arora Nayak

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Indian mythology is an interesting combination of both, more prominently. Be it about Lord Ganesha, the golden deer in Ramayana, or the Pushpaka Viman; there are numerous stories where birds, animals, trees, flowers, and other creatures are blended into the mythology.

This book, Adbhut by author Meena Arora Nayak explores various creatures from various traditions of Indian mythology. The book is divided into five categories: Creatures of the Sky, Creatures of the Sea, Creatures on the Earth, Creatures of Air, Water, and Land, and then the Worms, Insects, Reptiles, and Dragons, and Creations of Amalgam.

Most of these stories are from Indian mythology; some stories are from other cultures. Overall, this book is a good collection of 55 stories, and each story has its flavor and fragrance. Physical descriptions of the creatures mentioned in the stories reflect the author’s in-depth research and analysis.

The book also lists creatures across religions, customs, and geographies. Books like this will validate the Indian contribution to world literature where Harry Potter, Twilight, and Jurassic Park books and movies are accepted widely.

Pick it if

  • You wish to explore the other side of Indian Mythology and stories.
  • You like to read about fantasy creatures in folklore stories.

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