The Tales of Dwipa

By Prajwala Dixit
Illustrated by Duncan Major

The Tales of Dwipa
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Through a framework of traditional tales, fantastic creatures struggle with issues of marginalization, opening discussion for parents and children in an accessible form.

The Tales Of Dwipa is a collection of short stories adapted from the Panchatantra, a collection of simple, ... Read more


Overview

Through a framework of traditional tales, fantastic creatures struggle with issues of marginalization, opening discussion for parents and children in an accessible form.

The Tales Of Dwipa is a collection of short stories adapted from the Panchatantra, a collection of simple, engaging, and interrelated animal tales penned by Pandit Vishnu Sharma in the hopes of awakening the dim intelligence of a powerful Indian king’s idle sons. The ancient stories of the Panchatantra still find meaning in today’s world despite originating in India before 300 BCE. These stories are set in a Canadian context with topical themes, bringing together two distinct cultures—Indian and Canadian—for the most impressionable minds of our society.

Prajwala Dixit

PRAJWALA DIXIT, an Indian-Canadian engineer, journalist/columnist, playwright, author, is an award-winning community catalyst. Originally from Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, she lives in St. John's.

Duncan Major

Duncan Major works by day as a graphic designer, and by night, as a creator of linocuts, drawings, and prints. He learned letterpress at a tender age from Tara Bryan, and is the custodian of two tabletop presses. He lives with his wife, son, and daughter in St. John's, NL.

Reviews

“The familiarity and memories it evoked while reading this novel was something I really loved as well. Although I am not of Indian ancestry and have not grown up around Indian culture, I lent the book to a friend who is and asked them what they thought of it. The reply stated that he only had good things to say about the book and that The Tales of Dwipa brought back memories of his youth. ”

Tyizr

“Dixit has skillfully given these folktales a fresh and contemporary resonance while remaining true to their original spirit. […] Duncan Major’s loose, organic and free-flowing illustrations with their subdued, earth-toned palette capture a sense of the enduring and universal nature of these tales as well as the elements that give them their more uniquely Newfoundland twist. ”

Lisa Douchet

“Great book, we really love all the fictional silly characters. We genuinely think all kinds of kids would like to read this, and think it would make a really good animated film as well. ”

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