This Reading Diary details my thoughts from reading Folk-Tales of Bengal by the Rev. Lal Behari Day, with illustrations by Warwick Goble (1912). I read the stories The Evil Eye of Sani, The Boy whom Seven Mothers Suckled and The Origin of Opium.
- This is the first story that I've read where the gods go to a human to decide a problem.
- I already see some similarities to the Ramayana. The wife wants to follow her ill-fortuned husband into exile.
- Looks like all of the couple's good luck draws a lot of bad attention.
- Another similarity to Rama, Sribatsa has his wife kidnapped.
- Thanks to her good luck she became ugly so she would not lose her chastity…
- It seems that his wife got the brunt of all the misfortune in this story. I mean she was prisoner for a VERY long time.
- Wow switch out the mangoes for rice and you have King Dasartha.
- Ok this story took a very dark child-eating kind of turn.
- The boy is very clever. He does not act too hastily. He carefully plots his opportunity to ruin the evil Queen.
- Wow I was very surprised with the happy ending. I did not think every thing would work out!
- Well the mouse is certainly working his way up the food chain.
- Well I guess the mouse/elephant is sexist.
- I feel like the opium tie in was just thrown in at the end… That did not make any sense.
(Image used in The Origin of Opium from the Untextbook.)