Chandrakala Jagat is from the Gond tribal community. Working as a daily labourer, she travelled all over Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh digging ponds and constructing buildings. She now lives in Bhopal, telling stories to her children and to anyone who wants to hear them. One of her favourites is about a magical fish that lived in Adhar Talab in Jabalpur, who wore a nose ring and granted wishes. The story was made into a film in which she herself played the narrator. The Magical Fish is a now a published book with Tulika.
Happiness has begun to leak out of the world… One old woman decides something has to be done, and the wind tells her to go to a certain fish in a green-green lake. A magical book from a Gond storyteller and a Gond artist.