The Story of Kalidas -The Gem Among Poets is the delightful tale of the literary legend Kalidas, a man so revered that his imprint is felt in Indian literature to this day. As a young cowherd in a remote village he was a simpleton who was constantly bullied and harassed. A twist of fate takes him to the king’s palace in Kashi. After that he rediscovers himself and through single-minded focus and hard work, and some great good fortune he becomes Sanskrit’s greatest writer and poet of all time. This transformation comes with its share of heartbreak, humiliation, laughter and tears.
Drawing on historical research, Nandini Sengupta has written a beautiful story for children of a simple young boy who goes on to become one of India’s literary giants.
Illustrators Rituparna Sarkar and Hitesh Sonar have done exquisite hand-drawn illustrations that have been finished digitally. The palette of colours used has been inspired from Indian flora and fauna.
Fully illustrated 56-page book with over 18 full-page and over 25 smaller illustrations.
The back of the book includes information about Kalidas’ works, other Sanskrit writers from history and Emperor Chandragupta Vikramaditya II.
The endpapers have beautiful motifs of flowers, birds, butterflies and squirrels.