Old Deccan Days

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Old Deccan Days  (1898) 
by Mary Frere

OLD DECCAN DAYS

CHUNDUN RANEE.

OLD

DECCAN DAYS

OR

HINDOO FAIRY LEGENDS

Current in Southern India

COLLECTED FROM ORAL TRADITION

BY MARY FRERE.


WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND NOTES BY

The late Rt. Hon. SIR BARTLE FRERE, Bart.

G.C.B., G.C.S.I., ETC.


Fifth Impression.


LONDON

JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET

1898

THE ILLUSTRATIONS

By CATHERINE FRANCES FRERE.

THESE STORIES,


ORIGINALLY DEDICATED TO

THE LITTLE SISTER

FOR WHOM THEY WERE WRITTEN DOWN


I Dedicate


TO THOSE IN ENGLAND THAT LOVE INDIA

AND TO THOSE IN INDIA THAT LOVE ENGLAND.

CONTENTS.

  PAGE
PREFACE TO THE THIRD ENGLISH EDITION ix
INTRODUCTION xii
THE COLLECTOR'S APOLOGY xviii
THE NARRATOR'S NARRATIVE xxiii
1. PUNCHKIN 1
2. A FUNNY STORY 13
3. BRAVE SEVENTEE BAI 18
4. TRUTH'S TRIUMPH 38
5. RAMA AND LUXMAN; OR, THE LEARNED OWL 50
6. LITTLE SURYA BAI 60
7. THE WANDERINGS OF VICRAM MAHARAJAH 71
8. LESS INEQUALITY THAN MEN DEEM 93
9. PANCH-PHUL RANEE 95
10. HOW THE SUN, THE MOON, AND THE WIND WENT OUT TO DINNER 115
11. SINGH RAJAH AND THE CUNNING LITTLE JACKALS 117
12. THE JACKAL, THE BARBER, AND THE BRAHMAN WHO HAD SEVEN DAUGHTERS 120
13. TIT FOR TAT 133
14. THE BRAHMAN, THE TIGER, AND THE SIX JUDGES 135
15. THE SELFISH SPARROW AND THE HOUSELESS CROWS 139
16. THE VALIANT CHATTEE-MAKER 141
17. THE RAKSHAS' PALACE 147
18. THE BLIND MAN, THE DEAF MAN, AND THE DONKEY 156
19. MUCHIE-LAL 163
20. CHUNDUN RAJAH 170
21. SODEWA BAI 179
22. CHANDRA'S VENGEANCE 187
23. HOW THE THREE CLEVER MEN OUTWITTED THE DEMONS 203
24. THE ALLIGATOR AND THE JACKAL 211
NOTES 215
GLOSSARY 224




LIST OF FULL-PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS.


CHUNDUN RANEE Frontispiece.
ANNA LIBERATA DE SOUZA (the Narrator) to face page xxiii
THE LITTLE FORTUNE-TELLERS 56
THE JACKAL-PHYSICIAN 104
THE ROYAL FLOWER 152
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.