Gods, Demons and Others
First edition (US)
|Author||R. K. Narayan|
|Publisher||Viking Press (US)
|Preceded by||A Tiger for Malgudi|
|Followed by||The Ramayana|
Gods, Demons and Others is a collection of short stories by R. K. Narayan adapted from Indian history and mythology, including epics like The Ramayana and Mahābhārata. In this book, Narayan provides both vitality and an original viewpoint to ancient legends.
Gods, Demons and Others is a collection of ancient tales from India's complex history and mythology presented in their traditional setting, albeit with Narayan's urbane and affectionate, satirical style, bereft of any didactic interludes. The selection of stories includes only those that center on outstanding personalities who transcend the boundaries of time and age. The book consists of 15 stories.
The story of a king trying to attain self-realisation.
The story of the Goddess Devi, responsible for all, in Hindu mythology.
Story of Manmata, the cupid of Indian mythology.
The story of how Nala a pure and righteous king is corrupted by a demon and thereby separated from his wife Damayanti. Nala subsequently overcomes all obstacles and is reunited with his kingdom and wife.
- The Mispaired Anklet
Story of the Chola king, Sibi Chakravarthy, who promises refuge to a dove and then sacrifices a part of his right thigh to a hawk, in return for the safety of the dove.