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Gods, Demons and Others   Author(s) R. K. Narayan Country India Language English Genre(s) Novel Publisher William Heinemann Ltd Publication date 1964 Media type Print ISBN 9780434496006 OCLC Number 16080878 Preceded by A Tiger for Malgudi Followed by The Ramayana Gods, Demons and Others is a collection of short stories by R. K. Narayan adapted from Indian history and mythology, including epics like The Ramayana and The Mahabharatha.[1] In this book, Narayan provides both vitality and an original viewpoint to ancient legends.[2] Contents 1 Introduction 2 Book outline 3 References Introduction Gods, Demons and Others is a collection of ancient tales from India's complex history and mythology presented in their traditional setting, albeit with Narayan's urbane and affectionate, satirical style, bereft of any didactic interludes. The selection of stories includes only those that center on outstanding personalities who transcend the boundaries of time and age. The book consists of 15 stories.[3] Book outline Lavana The story of Lavana, an asura from the Ramayana. Chudala The story of a king trying to attain self realisation. Yayati The story of Yayati, an asura king. Devi The story of the Goddess Devi, responsible for all, in Hindu mythology. Viswamitra Story of Viswamitra, one of the most revered rishis of ancient India, who attains enormous power but stays unsatisfied until he realizes that the power should not be used for self-gratification.[4] Manmata Story of Manmata, the cupid of Indian mythology. Ravana Story of the asura king Ravana, Rama's nemesis in the Ramayana. Valmiki Story of Adi Kavi Valmiki, the author of the Ramayana who is said to have discovered the first śloka that set the base for Sanskrit poetry. Draupadi Story of Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas in the Mahabharatha. Nala The story of how Nala a pure and righteous king is corrupted by a demon and thereby separated from his wife Damayanti. Nala subsequently overcomes all obstacles and is reunited with his kingdom and wife. Savitri The story of Savitri from Markandeya's narrative within the Mahabharatha. The Mispaired Anklet Story of Kannagi from the Tamil epic Silappathigaram. Kannagi is eulogized by that Tamil community for her purity and devotion to her husband. Shakuntala Story of Shakuntala the daughter of Viswamitra and wife of Dushyanta, the founder of the Paurav dynasty. Harishchandra Sibi Story of the Chola king, Sibi Chakravarthy, who promises refuge to a dove and then sacrifices a part of his right thigh to a hawk, in return for the safety of the dove. References ^ New York Times, India of the Imagination, Julian Moynahan, July 15, 1990 ^ New York Times, New & Noteworthy Paperbacks, Laurel Graber, October 13, 1993 ^ New York Times, It's All in the Telling; Gods, Demons and Others, Nov 8, 1964 ^ Washington Post, New in Paperback, July 18, 1993 v · d · eR. K. Narayan Main articles R. K. Narayan · Malgudi · Indian Thought Publications Novels Swami and Friends · The Bachelor of Arts · The Dark Room · The English Teacher · Mr. Sampath - The Printer of Malgudi · The Financial Expert · Waiting for the Mahatma · The Guide · The Man-Eater of Malgudi · The Vendor of Sweets · The Painter of Signs · A Tiger for Malgudi · Talkative Man · The World of Nagaraj · Grandmother's Tale Collections Malgudi Days · An Astrologer's Day and Other Short Stories · Lawley Road and Other Stories · A Horse and Two Goats and Other Stories · Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories · The Grandmother's Tale and Selected Stories Non-fiction Next Sunday · My Dateless Diary · My Days · Reluctant Guru  · The Emerald Route · A Writer's Nightmare Mythology: Gods, Demons and Others · The Ramayana · The Mahabharata Screen adaptations Guide · Malgudi Days · Miss Malini