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By A. K. Ramanujan

This publication of oral stories from the south Indian area of Kannada represents the fruits of a life of examine by way of A. ok. Ramanujan, some of the most respected students and writers of his time. the results of over 3 many years' exertions, this long-awaited assortment makes on hand for the 1st time a wealth of folktales from a sector that has now not but been thoroughly represented in international literature. Ramanujan's ability as a translator, his swish writing kind, and his profound love and figuring out of the topic increase the stories that he amassed, translated, and interpreted.With a written literature recorded from approximately 800 A.D., Kannada is wealthy in mythology, devotional and secular poetry, and extra lately novels and performs. Ramanujan, born in Mysore in 1929, had an intimate wisdom of the language. within the Fifties, whilst operating as a faculty lecturer, he started amassing those stories from everybody he could--servants, aunts, schoolteachers, youngsters, carpenters, tailors. In 1970 he begun translating and analyzing the stories, a undertaking that absorbed him for the following 3 a long time. while Ramanujan died in 1993, the translations have been whole and he had written notes for roughly 1/2 the tales.With its unsentimental sympathies, its laughter, and its delightfully bright feel of aspect, the gathering stands as an important and relocating monument to Ramanujan's reminiscence as a pupil and author.

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She said.  The maid went into town and brought the magician (bawa) to her room.  Take these,” he said, and went on his way.  “He'll come now, he'll come now,” she muttered to herself, and looked at the door every other minute.  “Come here, my love,” said the woman, with her arms open, as he started stepping backwards.  If you don't do as I say, I'm not responsible for what happens next,” she threatened. “Come what may, I won't go to bed with you,” he said firmly.  At once the young man ceased to be a man and became a whimpering dog, wagging his tail, licking her feet.

Then tell me your life's story,” insisted the doll.  Just like that.  Now she's the wife, I'm the servant. ” And she ended the story.  When the story came to an end, he took a switch and lashed at the acrobat girl sleeping next to him, and drove her out of the house. ” he screamed. Then he went in and consoled the princess who had served him lovingly for twelve years; and they talked happily to each other all night.  They found the doors unlocked, and found in the heart of the house the couple, prince and princess, whispering loving words to each other.

He looked as if he was fast asleep. Before she could wonder about what was happening to her, how doors opened before her and shut behind her, she was in the presence of the dead man. His family had left provisions for twelve years in the house: vessels, dishes, clothes, grains, spices. The princess saw all these things around her.  Let's do something,” she said, and started massaging his legs.  She bathed and cooked, kept house and looked after the dead body, and thought about all the things that had happened to her.

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