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Celebrating India’s 75th Republic Day: With Wondrous Tales and More

Another revival post from the archives. This one is from 2017 and for India’s Republic Day. As always, rewriting a bit of it – formatting/typos and discrepancies/so on; and adding some more content for today. I wrote about watching India’s Republic Day celebrations and the parade. This year’s parade was the 75th one since India’s first President, President Rajendra Prasad readied himself to partake in the very first parade in 1950.

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A Foto for Republic Day: A Foto Kind of Friday!

(this section is from the original post in 2017)

Yesterday, the 26th of January was India’s Republic Day – the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950. As India celebrated it and I saw updates from friends, and watched the Republic Day parade live online, I recalled our trip to Delhi last summer (in 2016), and to the Rashtrapathi Bhavan.

This led to me browsing through those photos for the umpteenth time. And I decided to share this photo taken during sunset at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan (literally meaning the Presidential Residence).

In the forefront is featured the National Emblem of India. It is an adaptation of the iconic Lion Capital of Emperor Ashoka at Sarnath. What is interesting about this is that it was added to sandstone piers on either side of the gates of the Rashtrapathi Bhavan in October 2015. This spot remained empty for over 65 years, where before independence, it held the British crown.

Celebrating Republic Day with Tales from India

Some of my favorite tales from India include the ones from the panchatantra and the Jataka tales, Tenali Rama and Akbar & Birbal, as well as those I grew up hearing from my grandmoms and reading as well. Today’s post features a couple of books among the multitude of such books, random picks and reads over the years.

Ruskin Bond’s Tales and Legends from India

Tales and Legends from India by Ruskin Bond ()

Included in this collection are stories, painstakingly culled and thoughtfully crafted, from the Mahabharata (‘Shiva’s Anger’ and ‘Shakuntala’); the Jataka (‘The Hare in the Moon’ and ‘The Crane and the Crab’) and from regional folklore (‘The Tiger-King’s Gift’ and ‘The Happy Herdsman’). With detailed annotations on the sources of each of these stories, Tales and Legends from India showcases the unique and wonderful ethos of India, as told by its most beloved storyteller, Ruskin Bond.

I have always enjoyed reading Ruskin Bond’s books, so of course, I picked this one as well. This collection is delightful and contains many known tales and other unfamiliar ones I am now sure to keep in mind for future storytelling sessions!

Be sure to look for it. I know you will enjoy this read.

Traditional Tales: Tales from India

Tales of India: Folk Tales from Bengal, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu (Traditional Tales) by Svabhu Kohli (Illustrator), Viplov Singh (Illustrator)

This collection of 16 traditional tales transports readers to the beguiling world of Indian folklore. Transcribed by Indian and English folklorists in the nineteenth century, these stories brim with wit and magic.

What I love in this: the artwork is simply stunning!! I would recommend it and the other books in this series just for the illustrations! Many of these tales are new to me, and intriguing too. I am now going to look for more such folktales in other collections for sure.

Related Reads and etcs

And Now, the End of This Post

Dear reader, I hope these books intrigue you to check them out for yourself or a loved one. Do you watch/participate in events like the Republic Day Parade I mentioned? Which was the last such event you saw/took part in?






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