Tales from the Puranas
Bengali Puranic Tales by Upendrakisor Raychaudhuri
Upendrakisor Raychaudhuri (1863-1915) was a pioneer in children's literature of Bengal. He combined a simple and lucid style of story-telling and his themes varied from animal and plant life to mythology, legends and folklore. Although Upendrakisor's versatility extended to painting pictures and inventing new techniques of printing, he will be better known to posterity as the writer who brought unalloyed joy in the minds of the children through his excellent tales. As a children's writer he started a family lineage which included such stalwarts as Sukhalata Rao (daughter), Sukumar Ray (son) and Satyajit Ray (grandson).