Stories Of India Retold

A retelling of stories—and the stories behind the stories—from Indian epics, puranas, folklore and Indian history; through the eyes of a book-loving, history buff. Find stories about fantastical creatures; mortals and immortals; or just ordinary men and women achieving extraordinary feats.

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Thursday May 19, 2022

Puru, son of Yayati, belonged to the Lunar dynasty. He was the founder of the Puru or Kuru lineage-key players in the Mahabharata. 

Monday May 02, 2022

The Nagas are semi-divine serpents. They were cursed by their mother and condemned to die in the snake sacrifice conducted by the descendent of Pandavas, King Janamejaya. Under the threat of the decimation of their race, the Nagas searched for a cure to beat their curse. Their grandfather, Brahma, revealed that the key to break their curse lies in a child named, Astika. Listen to learn about how and why: -Nagas were cursed -King Parikshit was cursed -King Janamejaya vowed to kill the Nagas -Astika stopped the snake sacrifice. -Also learn about the Nagas in ancient Indian history. Blog: http://storiesofindiaretold.com Podcast website: https://storiesofindiaretold.podbean.com   

Friday Apr 08, 2022

A love story like no other. Young Dushyanta and Shakuntala meet in an enchanting hermitage in an equally enchanting forest. After spending a few moments in each others company, they fall in love and decide to marry. Alas! they are soon separated. Years later, the time comes for them to reunite, but things don't go exactly as Shakuntala had expected. Listen to the story of: -How Dushyanta and Shakuntala met and married; -How Shakuntala and her son, Bharata, were reunited with Dushyanta; -Also learn about attitudes about marriage and relationships in ancient India.  Blog: http://storiesofindiaretold.com Podcast website: https://storiesofindiaretold.podbean.com 

Friday Mar 25, 2022

The fully grown Garuda—the legendary eagle-like creature—was powerful and mighty. The King of Birds inspired awe and respect everywhere he went. His loyalty and bravery won the hearts of even Vishnu and Indra; and his campaign to free his mother from her slavery won him the enmity of the Nagas. Listen to the story of how: - Garuda became Vishnu's vehicle mount; - Stole the amrita; and  - Came to be known as the enemy of the snakes. Blog: http://storiesofindiaretold.com Podcast website: https://storiesofindiaretold.podbean.com 

Thursday Mar 24, 2022

Legandary eagle-like creature, Garuda shone as brightly as the sun. Garuda's birth was blessed by powerful sages. With powerful and godly ancestors, and blessed with powers that equalled that of Lord Indra, Garuda was destined for greatness. Blog: http://storiesofindiaretold.com Podcast website: https://storiesofindiaretold.podbean.com 

Saturday Mar 12, 2022

One of the most beloved text from ancient India, the Mahabharata is an epic poem. The core story talks about the Kurukshetra war fought between the Kouravas and the Pandavas. It said that—“What is not found in the Mahabharata, will not be found anywhere else.” Blog: http://storiesofindiaretold.com Podcast Website: https://storiesofindiaretold.podbean.com 

Saturday Mar 12, 2022

A story about grit and determination of a boy named Dhruva. The name Dhruva means the one who is immovable or fixed. Just like his namesake, the Dhruva star(Pole star), Dhruva was immovable and unshakeable in his focus.  Blog: http://storiesofindiaretold.com  Podcast website: https://storiesofindiaretold.podbean.com 

Sunday Feb 27, 2022

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About

“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.”

Sue Monk Kidd, author.

  

For the people of India, stories from ancient Indian literature is a window into who we are as a people. These stories may be thousands of years old, but they have survived in the hearts and minds of millions of people over generations.

   The Epics (Mahabharata, Ramayana), Vedas, Puranas and the folklore of India are not only entertaining, but also tell us about the history of our people and their values. The stories are often times highly exaggerated and layered with fantastical elements—but that is what makes it for a fun reading, and is probably the reason why they have survived, and are beloved still after all these years.

   I have been a lifelong lover and reader of books and stories. I am also a parent to two young kids and I wish to share with them the same stories I grew up listening to; the same stories our ancestors, going back thousands of years, grew up listening to. And that is how I started reading books, collecting the stories, and—most important of all—sharing the stories with my two kids, who love to hear all about the superheroes of ancient India.

   The stories I publish in this blog is my humble effort at retelling these beautiful stories. The goal is to remain true to the original story (that we know of) as much as possible, but presenting it in a way that is more relatable to children (and adults) today.I read books and research papers and whatever materials I can get my hands on to give you the most authentic stories.

   Please join me to explore the world of men, women and gods; mortals and immortals; flying chariots; otherworldly, shapeshifting dragon-like serpents; or just ordinary people achieving extraordinary feats.

   Peace and Love.

 

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