Is Jwala Kumar a bird? A bat? A chameleon? Or is he something no one has ever seen before? And did he really just fall out of the sky into Champakbagh? Mohan Chandar lives with his wife and three children in the tiny and remote village of Champakbagh. One day, he rescues a strange creature from the storm that is raging outside. When he brings the creature home, the family is astonished. What sort of animal is this? Is he friendly? What does he eat? Where will he sleep? They name him Jwala Kumar, and as the days go by, they discover that Jwala Kumar is no ordinary animal. He has special powers that he uses to help his human family in their times of need. When the days are dark and hope seems to dim, Jwala Kumar lights up their lives in many ways. But who is Jwala Kumar and will he stay forever? Jwala Kumar and the Gift of Fire is a captivating story of innocence and friendship, of magic and love, and of gifts that last a lifetime.
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• A beautiful story that blends fantasy with a slice of life in India
• A new way of telling the story of a dragon in an Indian setting
• The author is a well-known and award-winning writer
• An ideal story for readers of all ages, accompanied by attractive illustrations
‘Award-winning writer Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar writes of a world invisible to English India.’—LiveMint
‘A voice steeped in the soil of its origin—the land of Santhals—and refreshing in its clear visualisations of his people.’—Kitaab
Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar is the author of a novel, The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey, which won the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar, and a collection of short stories, The Adivasi Will Not Dance, which was shortlisted for The Hindu Prize. He lives in Jharkhand and this is his first book for children.
First published in paperback in Talking Cub by Speaking Tiger 2018