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Shaguna Gahilote is a performance storyteller. She is a maths wizard with a double master's degree, having studied in both India and the UK, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar. She came back to India to work on conserving rare and dying folk art forms. She has worked as an education, peace and culture specialist and helms Ghummakkad Narain: The Travelling Literature Festival and Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival, now in its tenth edition.

Shaguna spends her days writing, drawing cartoons, solving maths problems with her nephew and looking after her pet Labrador, Ginger, as well as her neighbourhood strays. She has trotted around the world on a staple diet of potatoes, eggs and hummus.

Prarthana Gahilote has been a journalist with the national media-spanning print, TV and digital platforms-for over two decades, with a stint in the UK as a Chevening Scholar. She is the festival director of Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival, India's first and only oral storytelling festival.

Prarthana suffers from wanderlust and loves walking the Himalayan forests whenever she can escape her homes in Delhi or Mumbai. When not occupied with the alphabet, she is found spinning yarns with family and friends, pampering her nephew, Raghav, and her pet, Ginger. She has an ever-growing collection of books, fountain pens and antiques. She directs short films, documentaries and digital concerts. She also writes poetry in Hindustani as well as lyrics for songs. She can't live without music or gulab jamuns.

Besides writing stories together, Shaguna and Prarthana together are often found pampering their pet Labrador Ginger and chasing their adopted rescues turned pets, Matru, Tchoti, Bucky, Romi, Bella, Jackson and Jerry. Their love for animals has led them to be founding members of an animal welfare trust, Animals Are People Too-a Mohit Chauhan initiative, which looks after over 350 stray animals across India, feeding and providing medical care to stray animals, especially dogs. Shaguna and Prarthana take pride in calling themselves 'dog slaves'.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ India Puffin (1 April 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0143447319
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0143447313
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 9 years and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 286 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.34 x 1.42 x 21.59 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and amazing tales from the desert
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When I first read the title, I presupposed these tales to be mirroring Royal Palaces, Kings and Queens. But they turned out to be extra ordinary tales of ordinary people from the desert region.

The book features less familiar yet captivating stories each charmed with the varied cultures of the desert region, their lifestyle, their ways to earn a living, hardships, wit to withstand the selfish greedy ones.

🏜🐪 After flipping through a few tales, I could not hold my curiosity to discover more of these sanded with adventure, thrill, innocence, simplicity and more to do with grit of the people there.

Tales that will not only amaze the young readers but will also fascinate adults
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4.0 out of 5 stars I didn’t have grandparents to tell me these stories, so a huge thank you to the Gahilote sisters!
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There’s magic in reading folk tales, especially from a land as diverse as ours. The Gahilote sisters through these collected folk tales take us through the desert lands of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Sindh and Multan.

Curious Tales from the Desert is a collection of 16 folk tales, all having an essence of magic, wisdom and money to them. A haggling pandit, a wisdom seller, two witches, a talking sparrow, a man who charges money to talk, many foolish husbands, many wise wives are a few of the characters you’ll come across while reading them.

But the take away from these stories aren’t simply that we should believe in the possibility of magic or in the wisdom they impart. The best part is the rich cultural intricacies that are depicted through them. The authors in their introduction rightly mention, “Folk tales, in their essence, are not just about a story but a repository of the local culture, its traditions, vegetation, food, mannerisms, history and more. That is why if we lose a folk tale, we lose a whole section of recorded folk culture with it.”

This book is most appropriate for children and they even make for a perfect bed time story. So, if you have kids at home, nieces or nephews, pass on a copy to them. Go a step ahead and read to them - these rare folk tales from our deserts.

I’d like to thank @penguinsters @penguinindia for sending across a review copy of these curious tales. And thank you @gahilotesisters for compiling these set of tales for us.
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