Ganesha Goes to Lunch by Kamla K. Kapur is a collection of twenty four stories drawn from mythical tales in India. The book draws you into an imaginary world, informing you, inspiring you and transforming you.
Each one of the 24 stories are ones you have always wanted to hear, taking you into the timeless world of Gods and Goddesses.
About the author
Kamla K. Kapur was born and raised in India, and is a citizen of the United States. She got her Masters' Degree in literature from Kent State University, Ohio, USA. Her poetry and short stories were published in English and translated into Hindi and Punjabi.
She lives half the year in a remote Kullu Valley in the Himalayas and the other half in California, with her husband Payson R. Stevens.
Synopsis of the story
Kamla's choice of stories ranges from tales about why Ganesha has an elephant's trunk, Shiv-Parvati’s wedding, the creation of Brahma and the universe, the story of friendship of Sudama and Krishna and the tale of Vishwamitra-Vashisht rivalry; just to name a few.
Each story is beautifully essayed weaving prototypes that help us deal with situations that we face in our daily life.
Kamla’s stories also portray the mystical world of ancient India, like a beautiful painting where each stroke of the brush has a tale to tell.
Many of the stories are from Mahabharata, Ramayana, the Puranas and the Vedas. I am sure all of us would have wanted to read these great epics at one time or the other and put-off doing so seeing the very size of the books. . Now’s your chance, the best of the epics compiled together for your reading pleasure intact with its mystic aura and religious flavor laced with lasting morals.
Theme of the story
Ganesha goes to lunch is a book for all ages, a book that would fascinate the young and the old alike. The stories illustrate the great spiritual and practical themes of human condition. Kamla Kapur’s narrative helps in recreating and dramatizing the stories to illuminate their relevance during modern times
Awards received by the book
In 1977 Kamla Kapur won the prestigious ‘The Sultan Padamsee Award’ for Playwriting in English from the Indian government.
She was selected by the New Mexico Arts Division as the Playwright in Residence for two years.
Other books by Kamla Kapur
· Malini in Whirlwood - a fantasy novel