The new year is upon us, and along with new beginnings, it also brings about recollections of times well spent. To feed our nostalgia, Audible has brought back our favourite Indian classics in the form of audiobooks and audio shows. With a special selection of timeless tales, the audio medium is the perfect companion to recreate your childhood storytime anywhere with your loved ones.
Here is a list of titles that are sure to bring back memories of storytime:
Chandrakanta: Devaki Nandan Khatri, published in 1888, was the first modern Hindi novel. It gained a cult following, and widely contributed to the popularity of the Hindi language. A unique feature of Khatri’s novels was that the seemingly magical happenings were largely a result of the application of scientific knowledge and workings of mechanical contraptions. This ever popular tale with larger than life characters is re-created in audio format on Audible Suno with dramatic music, battle effects and Foley creating an immersive soundscape.
Tenali Ramakrishnan was an Indian poet, scholar, thinker and a special advisor in the court of Sri Krishnadevaraya who ruled from C.E. 1509 to 1529. Tenali Raman was always very quick on his feet and managed to solve all the tricky questions and situations presented by the King and the problems which would come to his court. The very series of questions and answers that transpired between the duo created these stories which challenge your wit and tease your brain. Relax, enjoy and treat your mind with some problem facing tactics and a whole lot of fun for all ages on Audible Suno.
Vikram-Beetaal is the story of an Evil Spirit which inhabited a dead body. It is an old legend composed in Sanskrit centuries ago by Somdev Bhatt. The great King Vikrama, known as Vikramāditya (first century BC), guarantees a tantric alchemist) that he will catch a divine soul who dangles from a tree and possesses and quickens dead bodies. These are spellbinding 26 stories told to the wise King Vikramaditya by the witty ghost Betaal. Presented in larger than life sound production full of dramatic music on Audible Suno; Foley effects creating an immersive soundscape taking our listeners to the world long forgotten.
Akbar and Birbal
The tales of Akbar and Birbal have been passed on from generation to generation, enthralling young and old listeners alike. This audiobook, available on Audible.in, brings together a selection of these stories, along with fascinating historical details about the Mughal court, the emperor and his witty courtier. From the time that a chance meeting in the forest brought them together, the emperor and his minister faced dilemmas that ranged from the ethical to the personal, from debates on the true nature of justice to the problems of hen-pecked husbands. Written by Amita Sarin and narrated by Manish Dongardive, this classic recreates the Mughal court in all its grandeur and vitality.
The oldest surviving collection of India fables, the Panchatantra, was probably written around 200 BC by the great Hindu scholar Pandit Vishnu Sharma. The Panchatantra is a book of niti, the wise conduct of life, written in the form of a chain of simple stories. The central characters in these fascinating fables are many times animals and birds. Each of these stories has a moral and philosophical theme aiming to guide the listener on how to attain success in life by understanding human nature. These tales have stood the test of time and are pertinent even in modern times. This audiobook, available on Audible.in is the complete translation of the book as written by Vishnu Sharma.
So what are you waiting for? Download Audible now (available on Google Playstore and the Apple Store) and put on one of these stories, which are sure to bring back memories of your childhood!