Book Review: The Owl Delivered the Good News All Night Long – Folktales, Legends and Modern Lore of India


Book Title: The Owl Delivered the Good News All Night Long
Author: Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai
Format: Kindle

Book Review:

Folktales are a kind of story that gets passed on from generation to generation. This is true in many cases, and this element gave the new age authors the liberty to write their own versions of popular kinds of traditional tales, such as fables and fairy tales. It is also a fact that a folktale does not have a single author. The tale itself takes many versions as the generations pass on. The word folk in the folktale itself answers this. It is also a fact that many folktales are old. For many generations, these tales were told. Most of them are in the brain but not on paper.

The Owl Delivered the Good News All Night Long - Folktales, Legends and Modern Lore of India
The Owl Delivered the Good News All Night Long Book Cover

As a result, folktales for kids like The Arabian Nights from the middle east or the Indian folktales that comprise of many animals as the main characters were told aloud long ago in many places but now are written down in books. These folktales talk about many stages and parts of life. They tell about happy times, sorrows, animals, birds, kingdoms, virtues, ethics, heroes, and villains. But, every tale tries to teach a lesson or explain something that is difficult to comprehend.

India is a country that runs mostly on farming. Farmers are the real torchbearers of the country. It can also be said that these rural people are also the initiators of the folktales. They used the format to share their emotions and fears. These tales also talk about the natural regime and texture of the land, people, and environment. The folktales and folk songs have always been lifting the spirits of tired minds.

In this book, The Owl Delivered the Good News All Night Long, author Lopamudra picked up folktales from every state in India. Every tale in the story is fascinating and interesting. The word folktale need not be just an old-time setting or yesterday’s Kingdom-styled one; it can also be today’s! Keeping this in mind, the author has curated beautiful tales of feelings and emotions.

As the book’s synopsis says, the book is comprised of 108 tales from every state in the country. From Jammu and Kashmir in the North to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the South, from Dadra and Nagar havens and Daman and Diu in the West to Arunachal Pradesh in the east, and all the other states and Union territories of India in between, here are 108 fabulous folktales, legends, and stories from more than fifty-seven languages and dialects.

The language used is simple, elegant, and with extreme clarity. The book is though a translated one, the narration in every small tale is absolutely dynamic, gripping, and exciting. The stories range from love to friendship, to wittiness to real-life and many more such emotions. As the book is written universally, it can be read by readers of any age.

A thoroughly recommended book!

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