Kings, Kinship and Valour
(The Young World, 12th January 2007)
Rajkahini may at times, when the details get too much, seem very like a very colourful history book. The first few stories may seem superior in terms of characters, situations and the settings while in the later tales the decline of circumstances and grandeur in the personal characteristics of the royalty is striking. Their descendants undergo a natural decline and this is subtly indicated throughout the stories. The earlier stories are tales of valour where men live by the sword and in the latter ones the battlefield is abandoned and treacherous methods of poisoning are adopted to ensnare and kill.
Translated from the original Bengali version, it almost seems as if the translator has superimposed English over the work.
Illustrations and Inside Drawings
Series: Katha Pocket Plus Series