Book Review: Fables from India - Uday Mane

Fables from India: A Collection of Short Stories by Uday Mane is inspired by the heritage of India and is aimed primarily at children with a universe full of kings and animals, which since the dawn of time punctuates the search for the meaning of life on earth, of the alternation of the seasons, the feelings and passions of the human soul and the perpetual conflict between the forces of good and evil.

I was driven by a significant curiosity about the new and unusual stories. The question I was raised to mind was how will this book compare to the traditional fables? Will it also have the typical tales to tell around the campfire? Who will be the protagonists of these adventures?

The book is composed of tales that tell about a poor farmer torn between resurrecting his wife and upholding his duties to a very wealthy King's negligence costing the Prince his eyes, while another wants to cut down a fruit laden tree for justice. Other times we meet a jester living two lives, to a boy in search for world's bestselling book while another search for his separated pet lamb.

A land of myths and legends that seem to echo still in its lunar landscapes, India has also given voice to our creativity in an original heritage of fairy tales, collected here in a novel anthology with stories that tell of the eternal struggle between good and evil with strokes of magic, metamorphosis and cunningness and courage.

And if justice always triumphs as tradition, punishing the wicked and giving happiness and wealth to the honest, every fairytale surprises us with an irreverent sense of humor, with an unpublished sensuality or cruelty reminiscent of the sagas. Page after page we get closer to the soul of a people in boreal solitude.

In this extensive territory, the lands of India are rich in an immense variety of stories of the celebration of a faith in the endless variety of the universe, in the simultaneous occurrence of all, in the coexistence of all possibilities and without that they should be excluded each other. So the stories intersect and overlap in all their forms.

This book can not only be with its fantastic stories but also fall in love with the characters portrayed. The tales, unlike the fairy tale, is instead a folk tale of wonders, where the fantastic element is not seen as extraordinary, but it is presented as normal and usual. In the tales, the natural and earthly dimension is continuously interwoven with magic.

But more than in the wonderful content, the strength of the tale lies in its profound purpose. Unlike the fable that has a purpose purely moral, what’s really wonderful about the tales is to announce that a full life is there for everyone despite adversity and unfavorable initial conditions, as long as you address those risky fights without which you cannot reach your true identity.

The transformation of the universe is thus sustained, and the imagination of man is subject because it recreates itself every time in the world order with a new story to tell. That's how, here's a new one appears, and then another in search of an essence that is the identity of unity and multiplicity, between the infinitely large and the infinitely small, between the shaft and the seed of the universe and man.

With a style typical of fairy tales, simple yet rich, the book takes us to a new and mystical world of magic, cruelty, and love, in a tradition that is familiar but unknown to us. No wonder the extent to which the reader encounters can smell the scent of childhood nights mixed with magic and exotic factor that these stories bring with them. I do not know if for the originality of the stories or the happy endings, the book won me over and I recommend it.

Publisher: Leadstart Publishing • Published: 20 September 2016 • ISBN-13: 978-9352016266 • Language: English • Binding: Paperback • Pages: 170