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Kathasaritsagara

No 507

PICTORIAL CLAS,ICS

FOR YOUNG "',"0

OLD

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CHATURANG

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I(ATHA

his

Su ndara sena sets out across the seas 10 meet future bride, princess Mandaravati of Harnsadv.pa. Mandaravati. impatient to be near her fLJIUre husband. also sets OU!

Harnsadvloa. MarlY advanturas follow. the reader in del ightlu I suspense. Sundarasena
, th tiller of rocav, royal household II is part of written

from keeping

reads

like any action-packed bUI is in fact a tale that held a spellbound nine centuries ago. farnousKathasaritsagara. b}l Somadeva. the

tha

in the 11th century COWl poet of Kashmir.

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Lak shrru

Lel

Lakshm, Lal tttustretions

Priillap

Mulick

!"'Y'CI!S.hld by H G. M IrGI1.ano ilfH Ig" Inllllil 80ilk Hause f" v t. Lld'. R",~j MiI[I"'IOn 291Wllcl!!hoLl~. I'\CIiII~. HamtlllY 400 039 Ptjnlld I)"" H I<; l'I.aIliU _, ISH F"'lflt.,S. M,HOI N',III~ii1 M.uhu'ii1(1:j!;. VI~!j.inJj ~oad ..... "dh.r~ EIiIS.I, iBamtlolv ,jjO(l GOo,.

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SUNDARASENA,SON OF KING NJAf1IiSENA OF NI:SHIiDfI. WAS THE PRIDE ,!IND JOY·OFHIS PAReNTS,FOR HE WAS BLESS~D IN ABUNDANCE wan ALL THe PRINCELY VIRTUES.

I'F YOU WERE

MARRleO TO MANOA RAYATI, YOU LORO
WOULD NOT HEAR .:Ht IVA HIM5ELF!

HERE

YOU SEE OUR PRINCE.O~AW US A

PICTU RE OF HIM.

THE K.ING AND QUEEN CAME TO KNOW OF THEIR SON'S STATE OF MNVD,AND THE REASONS FOR IT.

AN AMBASSADOR WAS SENT TO HAIYISADVIPA AND -rHE MATrER FULLY EXPLAINED. KING hlANDARADEVA, HIS QUEEN AND M.!INDIJRAVATI WER.E MORE THAN PLEA,sED AT EA.

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THEY WERE ALL CARRIED AWAY IN DIFFeRENT DIRECTIONS BY ClftlRNING ee». StfDDENLYTHERE WAS A LULL. SU/IIOARASeNA AN_f) ONE OF HIS Fl::lEND5 il:.OAy,cD .ON A CALM SeA. THEN-

tHe

SUN O"'~"SEN"

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LAND

IN

ONLY RIGHT THINKING AND RI6H LIVING CAN ALTER THE COURSE OF EVENTS

SHE IS CERTAINLY NO RUSTIC BEAUTY, HER. LOOKS AND MANNER SPEAK OF CITIES AN o PALACES.

o SAVE OUR SWEET COMPANION! WE ARE HELPLESS

E 15 PRINCESS MAN DA RAVAi I, SHE WAS ON HER _~ TO A LA_K._A_,_, ===-_---"L!......... .. .... _ THEY TOLDHIM THE STORY OF THE 5fflPW12ECK AND Al.L THAT FOLLOW£d, AND WENT THEIR WAY.

THE PRINCE COULD NOT

CON7'"AIN

HIS dOY.

THEY WENT TO

MATANGA'S

HERMITAGE.

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H/h'/

LIke

A RAGING

AS HE FINISHED PRAYING, VINDHYAKETUARR/VEO AT THE SHRINE.

TO WORSHIP

WHY, Tt--IIS IS
\II N DH YAK ETU WHO USED TO SEEK MY FATHER'S FAVOUR! BUT PRIDE PREVENTS ME ....

I AM A WRETCH TO REPAY

YOUR
FATHER'S KINDNESS

WHAT DOES IT MATTER WHO I AM? PLEASE. 60 AHEAD AND SACRIFICE ME.

VlNDHYAKETi.I SAT SPELL-BOUND, LISTENING TO THE STO~Y OF HIS A DVENTtlRES.

DELNe.RED YOU FROM
DEATH TWIC,.E. I AM SU.RE SHE WIL.L SOON BRINGoYOU TO MANDAR

DESTINY

HAS

tHE)!
AND

HAD GUESSED ICJGHT-BEPDRE THEM STOOD MANDARAVAT! THE MERCHANT. 5lJNDARASENA GATHERED HER. INTO HIS ARMS.

I

MY "A~E OF WOE CAN WAIT. I AM
SO HAPPY "0 BE WITH YOU.

VINDHYAKeTU TURNED TO THE MERCHANT. HIS VOICE: WAS STERN, HIS EXPReSSION FORBIDDING.

••• BUT HER VlRTUE WAS, H PROTECTION. I COULD NO
TOUCH HER THAN IF SHEW

A PI-AMI: OF FI~E.

WHO IS SPl..ENDID-TL.J,c~!JUI!lIt:S PRINCE OR THE PRINCESS?

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THE NEXT DAy' AS THE MTES HAD ORDAINED AND THE AS7ROLOGERS FOReTOLD, SUNDARASENA RECEIVED THE HAND OF MANOARAVATIIN MARRIAGE.

FOLLOWED BY A CORONATION.
SUNDARASENA WAS CROWNED KING OF NIS/IADA.

THE ROYAL

WEDDING

WAS

HERE'S HOW MY DADDY LOOI{S ...
HE'S SEEING REPOR'l CARD

WHEN

WHEN

HE'S

MY

HAPPY ...

WHEN

I BREAK

A.

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WHEN I FRIGHTEN HlM WITH A MASK

OVER

MY FACE ...

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