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Shehzadi Mircha

Shehzadi Mircha

Flora Annie Steel

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Fiction, Folktales

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Paperback

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(Paperback | ISBN 9789386702623 | 272 pp | October 2017)

Summary

King Karna is fried every morning to provide a fakir’s breakfast, but finds that there is a more generous ruler than he; Raja Rasalu becomes a jogi just for a glimpse of the fair Queen Sundaran; a rat thinks he drives a good bargain, but is astonished when his bargaining brings him a bride; and a bulbul pines for green chilies from the garden of a Jinn.

These folktales and many others from all over North India were collected by Flora Annie Steel in the nineteenth century. Today, they are an invaluable snapshot of a bygone era; they evoke the timeless India of myth and legend, peopled with talking animals, powerful fakirs and heroic kings, where anything can happen and usually does.

Charmingly illustrated by John Lockwood Kipling, father of Rudyard Kipling, and complete with original verses in Hindi and Punjabi, Shehzadi Mircha: Folktales from the Punjab is a delightful book for adults and younger readers alike.

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Reviews

‘A taste of rural Punjab, perfectly captured in all its warmth, colour and rich earthy wisdom.’—Ruskin Bond

‘While [Steel’s] only rival in this field of fiction is Mr Kipling, her work is marked by an even subtler appreciation of the Oriental standpoint—both ethical and religious—a more exhaustive acquaintance with native life in its domestic and indoor aspects.’
The Spectator, 1897


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Flora Annie Steel

Flora Annie Steel (1847–1929) was an English writer who was fascinated by Indian culture and spent twenty-two years in British India, writing extensively about the stories she heard and her own experiences in the country as the outspoken and critical wife of an engineer in the Indian Civil Service. Steel was described as ‘the female […]

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