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Urvashi Butalia

SRI KRISHNA KATHA By Sitaram Chaturvedi 1979, pp. 120, Rs 8.00   ASLI JEEMAKADE By Vimla Mehta 1979, pp. 94, Rs 7.50   PARVAT DEVATA By Radheshyam Sharma 1979, pp. 48, Rs 5.00   KAUN JEETA KAUN HARA By Krisbna Chaitanya 1979, pp. 60, Rs 6.00   PAHELIAN By S.N. Saxena 1979, pp. 84, Rs 7.50   TENDUA AUR CHEETA By Ramesh Bedi 1979, pp. 80, Rs 8.00 All published by Publications Divi­sion.   In their own small way, publishers of children's books have contributed to the International Year of the Child by publishing various kinds of books for children. Not to be outdone, and creditably, the Publications Division, a public sector organization, has made its own con­tribution in the form of these six books in Hindi. All six are meant for older children—the younger child, as is so often with children's literature in India, is not taken into account. Having decid­ed to publish these books, however, the publisher seems to have made little or no attempt to make them either attractive or modern. Of the six books at least four are on traditional and stereotyped themes. One, the Sri Krishna Katha, needs no ex­planation; two, Asli Jeemakade and Parvat Devata, are collections of short stories, written fluently and well, but with an al­most wholly sentimental, and largely rural bias (stories with titles such as ‘Seva ka Phal’, ‘Dosti’, ‘Sahsi Balak’ and ‘Dan ki Mahima’, speak for them­selves). And the fourth, Kaun Jeeta Kaun Hara consists of two stories, the first about two men who set out to prove themselves in order to win the hand of a fair maiden, and the second, called ‘The Elephant and the Sandgrouse’, is a sort of allegorical story about a rogue elephant who sets out to destroy everything in sight, and is finally defeated by the sand­grouse with the help of various animals. The story ends with the homily that 'the law of the world is that a person's mis­deeds would catch up with him sooner or later,' This kind of very obvious sermo­nizing is the bane of much of children's literature in India, The fifth book, called Pahelian, is simply a collection of riddles, interesting, because unlike Indian nursery rhymes, they are wholly Indian. It is un­fortunate that the book is completely without illustration—such a book would have taken illustration well. The 'last book, however, Tendua aur Cheeta, by Ramesh Bedi, a non-fiction account of the living and breeding habits of the ...

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