For most of us, grandparents telling us stories during the holidays has a special place in our memories. The warmth of a grandparent, spinning tales that held us rapt. Sudha Murty’s Grandma’s Bag of Stories is just as charming.
Anand, Krishna, Meena and Raghu arrive at their grandparents’ place in Shiggaon. Ajji’s and Ajja’s house was all readied up for their arrival, with Ajji preparing their favourite snacks. The perfect holiday with wonderful food, fun times with the animals in Ajji-Ajja’s house and best of all, the wonderful stories that Ajji told them. After all, when Grandma opens her bag, everyone gathers around.
From her bag, emerges tales of kings and cheats, monkeys and mice, scorpions and lost treasures, and princesses and onions. Unlikely combinations, one might think, but when Grandma is the one telling them, they are just perfect! The book is great for young children to be read to, and for older children(5+, perhaps) to read for themselves. I particularly loved it, because the whole setting took me back to my childhood. The school holidays when we would all travel to our grandparents and have this wonderful time with our cousins.
Daughter loved the stories too. Living abroad, I felt that this was a nice book of stories which helped her connect to India a tiny bit more, reliving her own experiences of hearing stories from her granddad, her favourite part of holidays. Needless to say that it was a book that both of us enjoyed – thoroughly! I haven’t read any of Sudha Murty’s other books, but am certainly looking forward to picking up some more of hers, particularly the children’s ones.
A beautifully written book, which can be enjoyed by children and grown-ups alike. I would rate it a 5/5.
About the Author
Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon in north Karnataka. She did her MTech in computer science, and is now the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written nine novels, four technical books, three travelogues, one collection of short stories, three collections of non-fiction pieces and two books for children.
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