During my childhood I used to listen to stories from my grandmother. Sundays used to be special for me because on every Sunday, my grandmother used to tell stories and each had a moral. In the same way, this book comprises of short stories for kids, each having a moral. Kids would probably find the stories interesting and at the same time will learn some lessons from them.
There were some grammatical mistakes but they can be easily edited out. Also, some morals were repetitive but that's okay, since one or a more stories can have a the same moral. The book would have been more interesting if each story had an illustration. Since, children are mostly taken by pictures, it would have been a good way to make them read the stories and really get into them.
My grandma's Bag of stories by Nishant Joshi is collection of 40 short moral stories for children. I loved few stories though all stories are good The title and cover is beautiful and it will remind us our childhood days. The language is simple I enjoyed reading the stories. The book is about short tales of human, animal, plant etc. and every story end with one good message. It was a good read. It's difficult to find the stories like these the series of stories are good collection of stories Overall it is good book. I will give it 4/5 stars
“Who can resist a good story, especially when it’s being told by Grandma? From her bag emerges tales of kings and cheats, monkeys and mice, bears and gods. Here comes the bear who ate some really bad dessert and got very angry; a lazy man who would not put out a fire till it reached his beard; a princess who got turned into an onion; a queen who discovered silk, and many more weird and wonderful people and animals.”
-“Grandma’s Bag of Stories” by Sudha Murti
Nishant Joshi has presented the age old priceless stories of grandmothers in a totally different style.
Summary:- Memories of our grandmother spinning tales around animals, insects, plants, mysterious characters and God have kept us rapt till date. Nishan Joshi’s “My Grandma’s Bag of Stories” is delightful and at the same time enjoyable. This book is a collection of 40 moral stories, ideal for young children and those who are 5+ in age. Simple and lucid language of the book, makes reading a pleasure.
Each story ends with a powerful message which can be interpreted in various ways and will help you expand the horizons of your mind. This book guides one on the correct path by enlightening with age old morals interlaced with new age stories. I hope you will imbibe the morals and apply them in your day to day life.
My thoughts:- Although a compilation of the age old folk stories are not nothing new yet frankly speaking the first thing I noticed about this book was its title. The moment I took a notice of it I just had to read it. Grandmother’s Bag of Stories is basically another collection of oral folk and fairy tales. With an origin of hundreds years old these stories are treasures of our (and every other) country’s literature.
Especially in India (specifically in Bengal) it has a long history. Before when our country wasn’t developed as much and there wasn’t electricity, there was a tradition that our grandparents mostly our grandmothers used to tell us stories of a time when kings ruled, princes would go for daring adventures, princesses would wait for their prince to come, animals would talk like humans, ghosts lurking in the darkness so don’t go alone outside after dark. Generally they feel like any other fantasy tales but had some deep morals inside.
And as grandmothers would have plethora of knowledge of stories the term was coined “Grandmother’s Bag of Stories”.
Unfortunately I never had an opportunity to listen fairy tales from my grandparents and nor my children will get. Everyone is so addicted to computer games and social media that this tradition is nearly extinct.
So it is really a great initiative of the author to recreate the book. What amazes me that he has wrapped the stories in a contemporary style. Old magic and fairy tales have been replaced by new media. The author has not only brought the talking animals of fables but also mentions facebook, blogs, and coaching centers which are not really a part of folk tales but of now modern society. This I had not expected.
The last story “The Monster with Hundred Hands” is probably the best. Each story ends with a moral. Last but not the least a very cute and apt cover.
Drawbacks and ratings:- Initially the modern charisma might surprise us but I must say that the charm of the old stories have been lost to some extent.
Some stories have loose ends. In “The Wicked Fortune Teller” if Ansh’s mother had known that the astrologer was “Wicked” and had been the cause of the deceitful banishment oh her husband why did she take her son to him to know his fortune in the first place?Also, the villagers were poor and illiterate so how did they pay the astrologer with enough gold and silver? In some stories morals didn’t feel apt.
I expect some better word choice, “He cooked a dish” instead “He made a dish”.
Two stories “The Inhuman Human” and “The Egotistical Guy” share the same story and moral. An editing mistake but a grave mistake.
And a little bit of grammatical errors. And please add one Author’s Note.
The author is requested to look at editing next time so that the minor mistakes can be overcome. And I suggest publishing the paperback versions of the book. It will be great as a gift to the children.For the time being 3 star is the rating.
Thanksgiving:- Thanks to the author Nishant Joshi for giving me the opportunity to read and review his book.
Everyone in today's world is not lucky to have a grandma beside them as a support! This book is a collection of 40 stories. If you heard stories from your grandparents and miss them now, you sure won't miss them and you'll love this book. If you are parent and want to make your children read books then this might be a starting point for them. The moral gained after reading is being positive. Characterisation-5/5 Plot-5/5 Narration-5/5 Cover-5/5 Title-5/5 Overall ratings-5/5