Structure of the Library
translating 1,600 folktales in Hindi, a good size library, I found out
that the folktales did not need only translation, they needed some other
kind of special treatment also so I divided them into two sections
- (1) Collections, and (2) Books.
Tales collected individually were kept under
the Section "Collection". Some more books which were either not
available easily, or published several time by several publishers all over
the world, or were published before 1900 were also translated, and those books were kept under
the Section "Classic Books".
These folktales, collected individually from
various sources, are kept in this Section. This Section has been divided
in four sub-sections -
First of all the tales were divided
according to their geographical areas. About 40 books are ready in this
Among them many tales were such that they delivered the same message on
some specific topic. So many tales were distributed among various topics.
books were made of such nature.
Many Colors Series
--During this process some other points were also noted and this applies
only to very famous and popular tales, for example, like Cinderella, or
Tom Thumb etc tales which are not alone in the world but they are told in
other countries too with a little or no variation at all.
--one tale can have several versions, not even in its own country of
origin but also in other countries too. When while reading or listening it
you are bound to say "Oh, is it not the same story which we have heard
last time, but it is still similar. Either you are telling it
wrongly or maybe I have forgotten." In fact nobody is wrong both are right
in their own way.
Such tales were
collected at one place under the Series "One Story Many Colors". Twenty plus
books have been assembled under this series.
These books are not the folktale books but are of some other educational
and informational books written not only for children but also for
grown-ups. They can also read them and get benefited from them.
Meanwhile I came to
realize that there were some very old books also which needed special
attention. They could be classified as classic books, or forgotten books,
or old books which needed this treatment. Only those books which were published around
1900 and before OR if they seemed to be rare, OR they looked interesting
(only by personal judgment) have been selected for this purpose. Presently the following three categories have been
used to select them :
All African Folktale Books
In this section only those books are included which contain only
African folktales not on or about their folktales.
In this section only those books are included which
contain only Indian folktales not on or about their folktales.
Folktale Books Prior to 1900
This section covers the books of Asian and
European folktale published before 1900
have already been published by publishers. Those published titles are
given here but their stories are not given on this website. There are
seven such books.