The Upside-Down King: Unusual Tales about Rama and Krishna

Editor | Fiction

Did you know there was a time when bears spoke, the moon laughed and babies were found inside fish?

Have you heard of the two-horned sage who had never seen a woman in his life?

Did you know Ravana’s half-brother was the god of wealth?

Have you ever seen a man with a thousand arms?

The tales in this collection surround the two most popular avatars of Lord Vishnu-Rama and Krishna-and their lineage. Countless stories about the two abound, yet most are simply disappearing from the hearts and minds of the present generation.

Bestselling author Sudha Murty takes you on an arresting tour, all the while telling you of the days when demons and gods walked alongside humans, animals could talk and gods granted the most glorious boons to common people.

Puffin Books will release The Upside-Down King: Unusual Tales about Rama and Krishna by bestselling author Sudha Murty in time for Navratras. This is Murty’s 30th original work and her third book in the popular series featuring unusual stories from Indian Mythology – a follow up to the bestselling books, The Serpent’s Revenge: Unusual Tales from the Mahabharata and The Man from the Egg: Unusual Tales about the Trinity.

The Upside Down King includes the less popular but extremely charming stories about Rama and Krishna, who, despite being reincarnations of the same god, have very dissimilar personalities. The collection has stories about their lineage and descendants, making for an insightful and engaging read. A storyteller par excellence, Mrs Murty retells these gems in her unique style, making them accessible to the modern-day reader.

Talking about her latest book, Mrs Murty said, ‘My earlier books focused on my experiences at Infosys Foundation or on my innate creativity as a storyteller. Writing mythology, however, was new for me as the characters and the storylines were already well-known and in existence. This provided me with a limited framework to play with and was an interesting challenge for me. Moreover, I was curious to find out if children still loved the era of magical and meaningful mythological stories. The success of the first two books has encouraged me to write The Upside Down King – the third in the series – which is a special affirmation that the stories of the past are still interesting and wondrous to children of all ages.’

About the author

Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon, north Karnataka. She did her MTech in computer science, and is now the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written novels, technical books, travelogues, collections of short stories and nonfiction pieces, and six bestselling books for children. Her books have been translated into all the major indian languages. Sudha Murty is the recipient of the R.K. Narayan Award for Literature (2006), the Padma Shri (2006) and the Attimabbe Award from the Government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada literature (2011).

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