The Swan and The Crow and Other Folk-tales (Paperback)
Imagine a world where a jackal passes the best judgement, a goat and tigress can be best friends and the cruel always get their due... The stories in this book are a part of a large collection of Indian folk-tales recorded by the British researcher William Crooke on his travels through the country. An Indophile with a keen interest in India's people and their varied cultures, Crooke believed that folk-lore and local stories were a great way to understand the culture and the people of India.
The book contains unique and captivating collection of tales, such as 'The Grateful Goat', where the goat's wit and generosity outmatch all those around him 'The King of Mice', where you don't want to mess with the inhabitants of Mouseland and 'The Valiant Blackbird', where a blackbird takes on a king to save his wife . These stories feature an array of interesting and clever characters, both humans and animals. These stories - some popular, others half-forgotten - passed on orally from generation to generation, have made their way into this book, making it both a fascinating and rare collection.