Old Car and Other Stories - OBER - Grade 3
Shanta Rameshwar Rao
140 x 216 mm
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The Old Car and Other Stories has four delightful stories. ‘The Old Car’ is a lovely story about a car reliving the good old days when it was active and happy. It contrasts that life with the sad and lonely life it now leads. The car desperately wants to feel needed and happy again. How that happens is what the story is all about. ‘The Peacock’s Performance’ is the story of a vain peacock who learns to be humble. ‘Bekanna and the Musical Mice’ is a cat-and-mouse story where the clever mice outwit a clever and cunning cat. The coronation of an owl as the king of birds is described in ‘The Owl’s Coronation’. But is the owl really wise and does he really become king? You will find the answer in the story.

Shanta Rameshwar Rao (1924–2015) wrote and told stories for most of her life. For her, story-telling was as natural as breathing; she believed that stories emerged from deep within and that in the telling and writing, they changed both teller and listener. She wrote for children and adults, and indeed her works have been enjoyed by people of all ages. She is best known for her retelling of Indian myths and legends. Her wide repertoire includes books like Tales of Ancient India (translated into several languages), The Bulbul’s Ruby Nose-ring, Seethu, Bekanna and the Musical MiceChathu—The Elephant Boy (co-authored with Karoor Nilakanta Pillai), In Worship of Shiva, and her retelling of the Mahabharata (now used as essential course material in story-telling courses in universities in the UK)Her novel, Children of God, was published to critical acclaim. She was invited by the Sahitya Akademi to write on the life and teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti.

A dedicated and inspired educationist, Shanta Rameshwar Rao founded the Vidyaranya School in Hyderabad in 1961, a space where, as she believed, children could learn with joy, creativity and in a spirit of questioning.

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