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Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan

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Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan, written by Toru Dutt, provides readers with a captivating collection of traditional Indian stories and poems. Dutt's lyrical prose and vivid imagery bring these ancient tales to life, enveloping the reader in the rich culture and history of Hindustan.

The book is a treasure trove of folklore, mythology, and legends that showcase Dutt's deep love for her homeland and its storytelling traditions. Each story is beautifully written and carefully crafted, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the world of gods, heroes, and magical creatures that populate these ancient tales.

Dutt's writing style is elegant and evocative, drawing readers in with its lyrical beauty and emotional depth. Her keen eye for detail and her skillful use of language make each story come alive, transporting readers to a bygone era where myths and legends were an integral part of daily life.

Overall, Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan is a mesmerizing read that will appeal to anyone interested in Indian culture, mythology, and folklore. Dutt's timeless tales have a universal appeal that transcends time and place, making this book a must-read for anyone looking to delve into the rich tapestry of Indian storytelling.

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Toru Dutt was an Indian poet, writing in English. Born in 1856, she travelled to England and France, and being a polyglot became fluent in French and English, later in Sanskrit as well. Her works gained popularity and success posthumously. This collection of her poems, Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan, was published by her father after her death in 1877. This collection is divided into 2 parts: the 1st part contains long poems about the ancient legends of her native land of India, which had been passed on to her orally in Sanskrit and which held much fascination for her, and also implied her desire to return to India. The 2nd part is a collection of Dutt's miscellaneous poems, clearly influenced by her travels in Europe and includes the memorable 'Our Casuarina Tree'.

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