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‘The Garden of Tales’- Classic folktales of Rajasthan by Vijaydan Detha translated into English

Stories of Rajasthani Folk Writer, fondly known as ‘Biji’ in the literary circles have been translated by Vishes Kothari into a compendium titled ‘The Garden of Tales’, Detha spent his whole life fishing and retelling folk stories in desert village Borunda.

Garden of Tales features 18 unique stories about greed, grief, love and more, drawn from a 14-volume anthology by Vijaydan Detha, translated by Vishes Kothari.It depicts the story of a newly married woman who finds out that her husband is also actually a woman.

Vijaydan Detha is undoubtedly the most significant writer of Rajasthani prose in the twentieth century. He draws the reader into the complex and quirky world of the common folk of Rajasthan, while bringing alive the magic realism of folklore and fable.

His ageless classics have been made into popular and critically acclaimed films like Duvidha, Charandas Chor and Paheli.

Traversing landscapes that are both earthly and cosmic, his tales, while being about the rich and poor, the saint and sinner, are also populated by trees, animals, the wind and the rain, gods and goddesses, and even ghosts. And between them, they explore humanity in all its myriad manifestations: love and desire, innocence and cunning, wisdom and folly, greed and deceit, righteousness, valour and the illusion of power.

Nominated for Nobel prize for literature in 2006, he has received national and international acclaim, including Padma Shri, Rajasthan Ratna Award and Sahitya Akademi Award.

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