TUNTUNI AND OTHER JUNGLE TALES FROM BENGAL
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TUNTUNI AND OTHER JUNGLE TALES FROM BENGAL (Tuntunir Boi)
Dive into the world of fables from Bengal! The tricky fox who means mischief and the great escapades of Tuntuni! Did the king get to devour Tuntuni? Read more about the great adventures and fun these characters have in store for you. A collection of tales that will tickle your sides and test your humour!
The cat is after her babies; the barber won't help her and the king? But does this faze tiny Tuntuni? Let's find out how Mr. Fox fools Uncle Tiger and Mr. and Mrs. Crocodile again and again and again! Dive in this and other beloved tales from Bengal. A set of tales taken from the classics of Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury and retold beautifully by Madhumita Gupta. Tuntuni and other Jungle Tales from Bengal has intricately designed illustrations by Anil Narayanan that can capture the imagination of young minds.
Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury was a Bengali writer and painter. Apart from being the most loved children’s authors, he has placed phenomenal role in introducing modern block making, including half – tone and colour block making in South Asia. Cheleder Ramayana, Sekaler Katha, Äakasher Katha, Tuntunir Boi are some of his renowned works.
Story – Tuntuni and the King
In a corner of the king’s garden was Tuntuni’s little nest.
Once the king put out
a box full of coins in his garden to air
them out but in the evening when the servants
came to pick them up, they somehow
left one coin behind.
When Tuntuni saw the shiny coin, she
swooped down and took it to her nest
and was overjoyed. ‘Ooh!
Aren’t I really, really rich?
I have the same wealth
that our mighty
And from then on, she kept on thinking
this and singing:
‘Isn’t it, oh! Isn’t it my lucky, lucky day?
I’m as rich as the king, and no taxes to pay!
With all that wealth in my little nest
Isn’t my fate really the best?’
The king was in his conference hall when
he heard the song and asked, ‘Hello! What
is the bird saying?’
The courtiers there, bowed their
heads and replied, ‘Your Highness,
the bird is saying that she is as rich as
The king burst into laughter at this
tall claim and commanded the servants
to go and find out what the bird was
hiding in her nest.