Fading Tales of the Deccan

Nasima H. Khan

Total Pages: 40
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Two women’s quarrel costs a life and a loss of sanity; A hard working sparrow faces a troubled kinship with her cousin crow; A wily old woman who loves to eat outwits predators in a jungle…

These are three tales from the Deccan Plateau of Peninsular India handed down through generations in an oral tradition. Recalled from an era gone by and sprinkled with happiness, humour and some pain, these tales have been reconstructed to appeal to the modern-day child.

Narrated by the Great Peepal Tree, ‘Fading Tales of the Deccan’ portrays reality and enchantment through prose and children’s chants to recall a world that once existed and which children of the future may never likely know.

Nasima H. Khan has been a career journalist—a writer and editor in the print media in New Delhi, India, and later in Muscat, Oman. A Wolfson Press Fellow of Cambridge University, UK, she thereafter turned to teaching journalism and communication at a college of the Ministry of Higher Education, Oman. She now lives in India, in the suburbs of New Delhi.

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