Warning: include(domaintitles/domaintitle_cdn.exoticindia.php3): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/exotic/newexotic/header.php3 on line 751

Warning: include(): Failed opening 'domaintitles/domaintitle_cdn.exoticindia.php3' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/exotic/newexotic/header.php3 on line 751

Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address [email protected].

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Language and Literature > Fiction > Old Deccan Days or Hindoo Fairy Legends
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Old Deccan Days or Hindoo Fairy Legends
Pages from the book
Old Deccan Days or Hindoo Fairy Legends
Look Inside the Book
Description
About the Book

Collectors in the nineteenth and early twentieth century’s unearthed a wealth of stories from around the world and published them in English translations for the delight of general readers, young and old. Most of these anthologies have been long out of print.

The ABC-CLIO Classic Folk and Fairy Tales series brings back to life these key anthologies of traditional tales from the golden age of folklore discovery. Each volume provides a freshly typeset but otherwise virtually unaltered edition of a classic work and each is enhanced by an authoritative introduction by a top scholar. These insightful essays discuss the significance of the collection and its original collector; the original collector's methodology and translation practices; and the original period context according to region or genre.

Certain to be of interest to folklorists, these classic collections are also meant to serve as sources for storytellers and for sheer reading pleasure, reviving as they do hundreds of folk stories, both reassuringly familiar and excitingly strange.

About the Author

Kirin Narayan is Professor of Anthropology and Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of Storytellers, Saints and Scoundrels: Folk Narrative as Hindu Religious Teaching (1989) and Mondays on the Dark Night of the Moon: Himalayan Foothill Folktales (1997)

Introduction

"ALL THOSE WHO LOVE really good tales . . . had better buy this book," exhorted a review in March 1868, when Old Deccan Days was first published. The review went on to recommend that readers "secure it as a possession for which their children and their children again, will be thankful."'

For anyone who delights in the imaginative spaces opened up by fairy tales, this reviewer's comments hold true into the twenty-first century. Several generations have passed since the first edition of Old Deccan Days appeared in bookstores: a handsome maroon-bound volume with the Hindu God Ganesh emblazoned in gold on the cover, and a gold cobra rearing its hood along the spine. By now every library with a substantial South Asian or folktale collection has a copy of Old Deccan Days, whether in one of the British, American, or Indian editions, or in assorted translations-European languages including Hungarian, German, and Danish, and Indian languages including Tamil, Gujarati, and Marathi.2 Among scholars, the book continues to be cited as the first Indian folk-tale collection in English, launching a host of other nineteenth-century folktale collections in India. Given the enduring charm of the stories and the book's scholarly importance, it is high time that Old Deccan Days is accessible again for readers "to secure as a possession" for themselves, children, or grandchildren.

Old Deccan Days is the outcome of a remarkable collaboration between Anna Liberata de Souza, a gifted South Indian storyteller who worked as an ayah or nursemaid in British colonial households, and Mary Eliza Isabella Frere, a sensitive young British woman, whose father, Sir Bartle Frere, was the governor of Bombay. Anna Liberata de Souza had a Portuguese name because her grandparents were Christian converts. In the 1860s, when she worked in the Frere household, she was about fifty years old.' Her association with Mary Frere must have begun in 1863 when Mary, at eighteen, arrived from England to join her father.

In the winter of 1865, Anna Liberata de Souza accompanied Mary iFrere on the governor's official tour of the southern regions of Bombay Presidency. In those days, "Bombay" meant not just the rapidly developing port city, but an enormous administrative swath comprised of areas now folded into the modern Indian states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Kerala. Much of this area fell in a plateau region known as the Deccan, inspiring what would later be a part of Mary Frere's title for her book. The governor of Bombay's caravan consisted of six hundred people, as well as elephants, horses, camels, mules, and bullocks. Mary Frere was the only white woman in this party, and Anna Liberata de Souza attended to her needs.

On this tour, Mary usually immersed herself in reading, writing, or sketching, but her eyes grew sore and inflamed. She turned to Anna, whose ancestors were originally from the countryside they were traveling through. Could Anna tell her a story? Anna demurred, but Mary pressed. "You have children and grandchildren, surely you tell them stories to amuse them sometimes?"'

Sitting cross-legged on the floor, "often with an entranced, far-away look on her face, as if she were actually seeing, at that moment, all that she was describing,' Anna began to recollect stories she had heard from her own grandmother. At some point in the course of hearing the first or second story, Mary must have decided that these tales were worth sending to her younger sister, Lily. Mary took notes, and then reconstructed the tales in a careful English longhand on lightweight paper that could easily be sent across the seas to England. "An Indian Story for Lily" is the heading she used for the first two stories; later, her handwriting grew rushed and messier, and the title "An Indian Story" gave way to more particular names.

Anna had surely told these stories before, most likely to her son and daughter, or her daughter's children. This time, though, her audience was a different kind of child: a young British woman whose own mother was far away in England, and who could only understand the stories when these were told in Anna's broken English, mixed with Hindustani. Responding to Mary's request, Anna started with a story of seven princesses and a wicked stepmother, recounting how the smart youngest princess was turned into a black dog and kidnapped by a wicked magician, but how her brave son overcame the magician. At the end of Anna's story, all the characters displaced within the narrative "went to their own country, and lived very happily ever afterwards. And as to the rest of the world, everyone went to his own house."

**Contents and Sample Pages**











Old Deccan Days or Hindoo Fairy Legends

Item Code:
NAR335
Cover:
PAPERBACK
Edition:
2006
ISBN:
9788182900691
Language:
English
Size:
9.50 X 6.50 inch
Pages:
292 (10 B/W Illustrations)
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 0.52 Kg
Price:
$28.00
Discounted:
$22.40   Shipping Free
You Save:
$5.60 (20%)
Look Inside the Book
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Old Deccan Days or Hindoo Fairy Legends

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 102 times since 25th Jun, 2019
About the Book

Collectors in the nineteenth and early twentieth century’s unearthed a wealth of stories from around the world and published them in English translations for the delight of general readers, young and old. Most of these anthologies have been long out of print.

The ABC-CLIO Classic Folk and Fairy Tales series brings back to life these key anthologies of traditional tales from the golden age of folklore discovery. Each volume provides a freshly typeset but otherwise virtually unaltered edition of a classic work and each is enhanced by an authoritative introduction by a top scholar. These insightful essays discuss the significance of the collection and its original collector; the original collector's methodology and translation practices; and the original period context according to region or genre.

Certain to be of interest to folklorists, these classic collections are also meant to serve as sources for storytellers and for sheer reading pleasure, reviving as they do hundreds of folk stories, both reassuringly familiar and excitingly strange.

About the Author

Kirin Narayan is Professor of Anthropology and Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of Storytellers, Saints and Scoundrels: Folk Narrative as Hindu Religious Teaching (1989) and Mondays on the Dark Night of the Moon: Himalayan Foothill Folktales (1997)

Introduction

"ALL THOSE WHO LOVE really good tales . . . had better buy this book," exhorted a review in March 1868, when Old Deccan Days was first published. The review went on to recommend that readers "secure it as a possession for which their children and their children again, will be thankful."'

For anyone who delights in the imaginative spaces opened up by fairy tales, this reviewer's comments hold true into the twenty-first century. Several generations have passed since the first edition of Old Deccan Days appeared in bookstores: a handsome maroon-bound volume with the Hindu God Ganesh emblazoned in gold on the cover, and a gold cobra rearing its hood along the spine. By now every library with a substantial South Asian or folktale collection has a copy of Old Deccan Days, whether in one of the British, American, or Indian editions, or in assorted translations-European languages including Hungarian, German, and Danish, and Indian languages including Tamil, Gujarati, and Marathi.2 Among scholars, the book continues to be cited as the first Indian folk-tale collection in English, launching a host of other nineteenth-century folktale collections in India. Given the enduring charm of the stories and the book's scholarly importance, it is high time that Old Deccan Days is accessible again for readers "to secure as a possession" for themselves, children, or grandchildren.

Old Deccan Days is the outcome of a remarkable collaboration between Anna Liberata de Souza, a gifted South Indian storyteller who worked as an ayah or nursemaid in British colonial households, and Mary Eliza Isabella Frere, a sensitive young British woman, whose father, Sir Bartle Frere, was the governor of Bombay. Anna Liberata de Souza had a Portuguese name because her grandparents were Christian converts. In the 1860s, when she worked in the Frere household, she was about fifty years old.' Her association with Mary Frere must have begun in 1863 when Mary, at eighteen, arrived from England to join her father.

In the winter of 1865, Anna Liberata de Souza accompanied Mary iFrere on the governor's official tour of the southern regions of Bombay Presidency. In those days, "Bombay" meant not just the rapidly developing port city, but an enormous administrative swath comprised of areas now folded into the modern Indian states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Kerala. Much of this area fell in a plateau region known as the Deccan, inspiring what would later be a part of Mary Frere's title for her book. The governor of Bombay's caravan consisted of six hundred people, as well as elephants, horses, camels, mules, and bullocks. Mary Frere was the only white woman in this party, and Anna Liberata de Souza attended to her needs.

On this tour, Mary usually immersed herself in reading, writing, or sketching, but her eyes grew sore and inflamed. She turned to Anna, whose ancestors were originally from the countryside they were traveling through. Could Anna tell her a story? Anna demurred, but Mary pressed. "You have children and grandchildren, surely you tell them stories to amuse them sometimes?"'

Sitting cross-legged on the floor, "often with an entranced, far-away look on her face, as if she were actually seeing, at that moment, all that she was describing,' Anna began to recollect stories she had heard from her own grandmother. At some point in the course of hearing the first or second story, Mary must have decided that these tales were worth sending to her younger sister, Lily. Mary took notes, and then reconstructed the tales in a careful English longhand on lightweight paper that could easily be sent across the seas to England. "An Indian Story for Lily" is the heading she used for the first two stories; later, her handwriting grew rushed and messier, and the title "An Indian Story" gave way to more particular names.

Anna had surely told these stories before, most likely to her son and daughter, or her daughter's children. This time, though, her audience was a different kind of child: a young British woman whose own mother was far away in England, and who could only understand the stories when these were told in Anna's broken English, mixed with Hindustani. Responding to Mary's request, Anna started with a story of seven princesses and a wicked stepmother, recounting how the smart youngest princess was turned into a black dog and kidnapped by a wicked magician, but how her brave son overcame the magician. At the end of Anna's story, all the characters displaced within the narrative "went to their own country, and lived very happily ever afterwards. And as to the rest of the world, everyone went to his own house."

**Contents and Sample Pages**











Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Old Deccan Days or Hindoo Fairy Legends (Language and Literature | Books)

Tibetan Folk Tales and Fairy Stories
by Sudhin N. Ghose
Paperback (Edition: 2000)
Rupa . Co.
Item Code: IDI890
$6.00$4.80
You save: $1.20 (20%)
SOLD
Glimpses of The Association Between Fairy Tales and Homoeopathy
Item Code: NAQ783
$20.00$16.00
You save: $4.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Immortal Wisdom from Ancient Times in Myths, Tales and Legends
Deal 20% Off
by Kireet Joshi
Paperback (Edition: 2006)
Sri Mira Trust, Pondicherry
Item Code: NAC282
$22.50$14.40
You save: $8.10 (20 + 20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Timeless Tales from Bengal (An Anthology of Bangla Children's and Young Adults' Stories)
by Dipankar Roy and Saurav Dasthakur
Hardcover (Edition: 2018)
Niyogi Books
Item Code: NAP638
$35.00$28.00
You save: $7.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Tales and Legends from India
by Ruskin Bond
Paperback (Edition: 1990)
Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: NAF338
$10.00$8.00
You save: $2.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
VIKRAMADITYA-VEITAL TALES OR THE TALES RIDDLES
Deal 20% Off
Item Code: IDF982
$25.00$16.00
You save: $9.00 (20 + 20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Rabindranath Tagore (Selected Short Stories)
Item Code: NAF881
$27.00$21.60
You save: $5.40 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Best Loved Folk Tales of India
Item Code: NAE973
$25.00$20.00
You save: $5.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Teaching Stories
by Jamuna Rangachari
Paperback (Edition: 2014)
Life Positive Pvt. Ltd
Item Code: NAN258
$20.00$16.00
You save: $4.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Five and Twenty Tales of the Genie (Vetalapancavinsati)
by Sivadasa
Paperback (Edition: 1995)
Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: NAF283
$20.00$16.00
You save: $4.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Tong Ling Express (A Selection of Bangal Children's Stories)
by Nivedita Sen
PAPERBACK (Edition: 2010)
SAHITYA AKADEMI
Item Code: NAR275
$20.00$16.00
You save: $4.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Stories of Ancient India (English Rendering of Selection From Aryacharitram)
Item Code: NAO508
$20.00$16.00
You save: $4.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Folk Tales From the Bard's Mouth
Item Code: NAN416
$25.00$20.00
You save: $5.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Around The Hearth: Khasi Legends (Folktales of India)
Item Code: NAJ501
$12.00$9.60
You save: $2.40 (20%)
SOLD
Spinning Yarns (The Best Children's Stories from India)
by Deepa Agarwal
Paperback (Edition: 2013)
Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: NAE997
$16.50$13.20
You save: $3.30 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
You have a fine selection of books on Hindu and Buddhist philosophy.
Walter, USA
I am so very grateful for the many outstanding and interesting books you have on offer.
Hans-Krishna, Canada
Appreciate your interest in selling the Vedantic books, including some rare books. Thanks for your service.
Dr. Swaminathan, USA
I received my order today, very happy with the purchase and thank you very much for the lord shiva greetings card.
Rajamani, USA
I have a couple of your statues in your work is really beautiful! Your selection of books and really everything else is just outstanding! Namaste, and many blessings.
Kimberly
Thank you once again for serving life.
Gil, USa
Beautiful work on the Ganesha statue I ordered. Prompt delivery. I would order from them again and recommend them.
Jeff Susman
Awesome books collection. lots of knowledge available on this website
Pankaj, USA
Very easy to do business with your company.
Paul Gomez, USA
Love you great selection of products including books and art. Of great help to me in my research.
William, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2019 © Exotic India