The Magic Drum and Other Favourite Stories
Most of the stories are drawn from Murthy's own childhood - stories, some narrated to her by her grandparents, or stories she has heard from friends and acquaintances. These stories of village simpletons, of wise men and of Kings and common people. The Magic Drum and Other Favourite Stories have stories that are funny, interesting, and morally enlightening.
The Best Friend, for instance, shows how simple village people can be fooled Keshava, a simpleton is fooled by a teacher, who charges him a thousand rupees for turning his donkey into a human, and also takes away his only friend, the donkey. Some are stories where we see wit and intelligence win despite all odds, others alert you against trusting people, some funny tales show how destiny and good luck can help a man succeed in his ventures.
Good Luck, Gopal, for instance shows how Gopal, a dull, but good-natured villager, manages to earn riches sheerly because of good luck. At the end of the story, Murthy also manages to tell her young readers :Never push your luck too far. The Price is Right shows how a poor, simple village boy teaches a cunning merchant a fitting lesson.
Cure for Laziness shows how laziness can turn a healthy, happy life upside down. Nine Questions for a Princess is the story of a princess who wants to marry someone who is more intelligent and knowledgeable than her.
Age: 10 and up
Number of Pages: 160
Publisher: Puffin Books
Author: Sudha Murty
Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.5 inches