“Whoever brings the horse back gets to decide how to settle this”, the old man said. If Kaveri returns with it, she can choose to have the whole village move into your house. If Korran brings us the horse, he can decide your punishment and he gets to move everyone out of his home.”
The story Kaveri and Korran retold by Anjana is about a quarrel between a Verpan family, a talented hunter boy named Korran and a poor magician’s daughter, Kaveri. Their story is inspired from the folktales of Nari Kuravar tribe in Tamilnadu. Tired of the continuous squabbling between Korran and Kaveri, the village elders decided to send both of them on a mission to find out a magnificent magical white horse in the forest in order to prove who is right and who is wrong. Both of them believe in themselves and reached the magical realm of the white horse.
Anjana has retold the story of Kaveri and Korran, bringing in a different perspective, as a story within a story where a camp instructor is narrating to the children about the tales of Kaveri and Korran in order to put up a play. This tale can turn the young minds into the realm of mystery and mayhem. The readers will trace the path of Korran and Kaveri in order to find out the white horse. The readers will be curious with a series of questions as they flip in through the book. Will they find out the white horse? Who will be the first to bring the white horse to the village elders? What’s so special about the white horse?
Through simple language, pictorial illustrations and detailed description of nature and tribes, the story captures the essence of tribal culture. The dying stories of tribal people can be re-lived through folktales like Kaveri and Korran.