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Author : Jaya Madhavan
Illustrator : Saudha Kasim
Mystic weaver, radical reformer, loved and hated equally in his time... The simple wisdom of Kabir’s famous dohas makes him one of the most frequently quoted poets even today. This novel traces one day in Kabir's life, from daybreak to midday to nightfall, threading fact, legend and poetry. Spare visuals before each section continue Kabir's favourite metaphor of weaving, a tapestry of 15th century Banaras unravelling as the day progresses. This is a landmark in contemporary writing for young readers — thrilling yet emotive, blending high drama with the mesmerising calm of Kabir's beliefs.
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|Specifications||144 pages; 8.5 x 5.5; black & white; soft cover|
|Tags||day in the life, poet Kabir, Banaras, life and times of Kabir, Kabir's beliefs, history, social theme, culture, art|
Jaya Madhavan's retelling is well written and makes some very complex issues - communal hatred, intolerance, caste, even the frightening phenomenon of mob frenzy - accessible to young audiences. I liked the spareness of her writing style, very much in keeping with the simplicity of the man at the heart of this book. She adds a dash of fantasy too, inventively casting the tools of Kabir's trade - Dhaga, Takli, Warp, Weft, Spindle - as narrators and loyal friends of the poet. Much like the sutradhar of traditional folk theatre, they are more than merely detached story tellers;through their playful banter, their squabbling and occasional bits of role playing, we get a glimpse of Kabir's life and his effect on people around him. Saffron Tree
A remarkable book
With its clear lucid language the book is easy to read and will appeal to adults and children alike. The delicate line drawings enhance the visual appeal of the book. Young India Books