Rupa to publish Myths and Legends from Around the World by Sowmya Rajendran

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Picture Credit: Rupa

A vivid retelling of some of the most well-loved stories of the world.


Do you know how Renuka, the warrior goddess, fought rakshasas? Or how Nu Wa held the broken sky together? Or how Rome was built or the zebra got its stripes? You may have heard of Achilles and his heel, but what of Cassandra and her prophesies? And how Anansi tricked the sky god to bring stories to the world? Do you know why the boat tour at the Niagara Falls is called ‘Maid of the Mist’?

Sowmya Rajendran’s Myths and Legends from Around the World is a vivid retelling of some of the most well-loved stories of the world. Meet mighty gods and powerful goddesses, mystical women and ferocious beasts, trickster spiders and sleeping giants as you discover how big the world is and yet, how small. How different we are from each other and yet, how similar! Stories connect us all through the ages, with a shared imagination that knows no boundaries. Joy, anger, jealousy, sadness, ambition, pride, love…human emotions, after all, are the same everywhere.

You might be familiar with some of these stories, but this inclusive book will lead you to seeing them again in a new light. Find out how our past is entwined with our present and why our world has never forgotten these captivating tales.


SOWMYA RAJENDRAN has written for children of all ages, from picture books to young adult fiction and non-fiction. She won the Sahitya Akademi’s Bal Sahitya Puraskar for her novel Mayil Will Not Be Quiet along with her co-author Niveditha Subramaniam in 2015. Sowmya grew up in Chennai and lives in Pune. She unfortunately does not have a dog or any exotic pet that she can include in her bio. She enjoys writing with a sense of humour and is interested in looking at stories from underexplored perspectives. Sowmya currently works with The News Minute, writing on gender, culture and cinema.

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