Can you think about a rollercoaster that also travels through time? One particular minute you are gaping at a struggle, which took position hundreds of years in the past and the next you’re hurrying in a metro in current-working day Bengaluru?
‘Eleven Stops to the Current: Tales of Bengaluru’ achieves this by way of the scarce feat of bringing historical past to existence by using a established of 11 stories created by some of the best-cherished names in children’s fiction in India. As the ebook suggests, ‘a ton of the previous still exists all all around us, if we know the place to appear for it. It is in the names of the roadways, the properties all-around us, the foods we try to eat, the festivals we rejoice, even the floor we stand on’. And this ebook does just that — helps make us seem at the earlier via the existing with tales by Aditi De, Meera Iyer, Edgar Demello, Shruthi Rao, Zac O ‘Yeah, between other equally illustrious authors. In 2019, the Bengaluru Chapter of INTACH (Indian Countrywide Belief for Artwork and Heritage) printed ‘Discovering Bengaluru: Historical past, Neighbourhoods, Walks About the City’s Record and Cultural Heritage.’ Edited by Vrinda Baliga, Eleven Stops… is a milestone of a unique variety as this is the initially time that it has come out with a collection of quick tales dependent in and about Bengaluru for children.
Background via tales
All the stories convey to the record of the spot in an partaking method, which take the reader to the earlier of the town. Which essential landmark was there proper opposite Swami Vivekananda Metro Station and why was it crucial? What transpired on the working day Russell Marketplace was inaugurated? And what about, how old is the name Bengaluru? ‘The Hero of Begur’ tells us about the very first-ever mention of the identify on a ‘hero stone’ and the inscription, which dates back again to about 890 CE, 1,100 years back, when the name Bengaluru was to start with talked about.
Packed with these fascinating information from the past of Bengaluru, the collection is a significantly cry from the dry historical past textbooks, which we are employed to. So, if Shruthi Rao’s story is a thriller/fantasy involving time vacation with an unlikely ally, somewhat like the Dickensian Ghosts of Earlier, Present and Potential from The Christmas Carol, who whooshes ‘Bamma!’ from one particular period to yet another — from the period of Tipu Sultan to the existing with alacrity the wonderful fable ‘When the White Owl noticed Red’ speaks about the birds’ battle to save their Fire tree, an allegory that refers to the rescue of the Old Court docket Household developing one more story is a gloriously imaginative deep-dive into the inauguration of the legendary Russell Marketplace and yet a different normally takes us back a several centuries and tells us about how a minor group of younger heroes help you save their village from pillagers and asks some major philosophical inquiries about the sanity of wars — “…Then we’d have gone and taken revenge on them. Then they would in transform have to arrive and search for revenge versus us and it would go on and on. Why? What would all that attain besides a good deal of bloodshed and suffering… Why do we faux there is glory in war?”
All the tales consider the reader on an intriguing journey by way of the city’s past with many interesting points — for example, Mysuru was bought for Rs 3 lakh — wrapped in a bundle of tales. When all of them zigzag as a result of Bengaluru’s historical and geographical earlier, each and every of the tale comes with considered-provoking issues. They also offer with pertinent themes like gender equality, bullying and standing up to bullies, the futility and the tragedy of wars, as effectively as conservation of character and monuments.
The tales are adopted by glossaries and an illuminating epilogue or anecdote, getting the reader to the historic and archaeological facts behind the story. The illustrations, by Sarada Natarajan, give the names in the tales believable faces and bring to life the times the stories are set in. A have to-go through for everyone who enjoys Bengaluru. And who knows, it may possibly choose you on a quest of your personal and you close up unearthing some historic gem of your possess!