Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Reading Diary B: More Indian Fairytales

  • The Cruel Crane Outwitted
    • Tricking the fish by taking one and bringing it back! That is a whole new low…
    • He’s eaten all the fish, AND he wants the crab. Greedy, greedy. 
    • But luckily the crab is smarter than the crane, and grasped him by the neck.
    • I really like this quote from this story: “The villain, though exceeding clever, Shall not prosper by his villainy.”
  • Loving Laili
    • This lady gets told by an angel to marry Majnun…. And she believes him? 
    • And now shes getting in a big fish’s belly….
    • Well she finally found Majnun…. But her clothes are on fire. Interesting...
    • They went into the forest and she is turned into ash?... At least Majnun is faithful.
    • YAY! She gets to be reunited with Majnun… Wait…. Maybe not.
    • Turned into a little dog and can only be human again if he loves her?.... Sounds a lot like beauty and the beast to me.
    • For the record Majnun is a chicken. If the old lady “rakshas” wanted to eat him, then it would have without explaining itself.
    • Majnun is always making poor Leili’s life so difficult! He goes into another situation that she tells him not to, and once again people get hurt.
  • Harisarman
    • He already has a terrible life and now he wants to pretend to have magic knowledge… This could be interesting
    • Ah-ha they’re starting to question his validity… finally
    • But he manages to figure out where the frog is by luck!
  • The Talkative Tortoise
    • This story seems like something my parents would have told me when I was younger.
    • Chatterbox gets himself killed because he can’t stop talking.

Image of the Talkative Tortoise
Provided by Wikipedia

  • The Gold-giving Serpent
    • Oh another story about young, foolish greed makes this poor serpent and man never get along again.   
  • The Pigeon and the Crow
    • The end of story is much like a nursery rhyme. I really liked the format. Very entertaining
Bibliography: Indian Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs, with illustrations by John D. Batten, (1912).

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