Author: Manoj Kewalramani
Published by Virgin Leaf books
Price: Rs. 145
Deceit, doubt, divine and the delightful – What are fairy tales made up of? A new look at the soulful, shy, sophisticated, savant, sinister, scary, sinful characters we had read about in many of the fairy tales in our childhood. Little Red Riding Hood, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Puss in Boots, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Thumbelina, The Princess and the Pea, Rumpelstlitskin, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Pied Piper are some of the fairy tales chosen by the author.
Manoj has looked at the characters of some well-known fairy tales in today’s perspective. Why would a toad want to be a handsome prince if he is happy as he is? He doesn’t need some princess to redeem him from his frog-form. Be comfortable with what you are instead of trying to fit in the mould the world wants you to be seen in.
The princess and the pea where the bedraggled girl is crying hoarse that she is a princess because a pea kept under the several mattresses is poking her in the back. Well, girls! Most of the troubles in your life are the size of a pea. Face them squarely and they will be minuscule. Just stop crying over them!
There is nothing like eternal beauty. We all are going to turn old with the tide of time. Also beauty is what you are inside, not the physical form. The queen better learn it instead of looking for answers in the mirror. A new Snow White is going to happen with time.
Puss In Boots is a Man Friday personified who would go to any depths to serve his master. Deceit is a way of life today, isn’t it?
A refreshing look at the characters from fairy tales woven into poetry makes us rethink as to what they could have been. The verse is sometimes cryptic that compels you to dwell upon it. A perspective of the ‘other’ character and what they would they want to tell or what could they have felt! Read the poems and read the original fairy tales and you might be surprised with the interpretation of the character.
No wonder the first page says:
“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again”. C. S. Lewis