Our ‘Book of the Month’ pays homage to one of the most celebrated poets of Hindi, Rashtrakavi Maithilisharan Gupt. Selected excerpts from his most famous work, Bharat Bharati, which stirred deep nationalist emotions among Indians when it was first published in 1912 are presented. Since the month of September sees Hindi Diwas (September 14), it is befitting to feature excerpts from this important poetic work in Hindi.
During her stay in Japan from 1916 to 1920 the Mother translated and adapted some stories written by F. J. Gould. Her versions, written in French and first published as Belles Histoires, later appeared in English translation as Tales of All Times. The Mother explained that these stories were written for children “to discover themselves and follow a path of right and beauty.” The timeless nature of these stories make them equally appealing to grown-ups, or shall we say, to all who aspire to be truly a child of the Mother. In this issue, we are retelling a story titled ‘Modesty’ in multiple languages.
The author here eloquently speaks of the significant place leading women from Indian itihasa-s hold in collective Indian psyche. She gives examples of various literary creations in which she feels the portrayals of our ‘epic heroines’ continue to inspire and enlighten the Indian women to this day and show them the path to truly becoming strong and powerful making their choices.
We review three new Sanskrit books for children published by Samskrita Bālasāhitya Parishad. These books reflect the diversity of children’s literature in Sanskrit – one is a book of rhyming songs, the other is a collection of short humorous stories and the third is a beautifully illustrated story book.