There once lived a man who was too large for regular sized clothes. But he desperately wanted new clothes so he could attend the wedding of the princess. After much frustrated searching, he hits upon some brilliant ideas... the fisherman's boats become his shoes, a woven basket makes a lovely hat and a colorful tent (aka 'shamiana') make up his 'Wedding Clothes'
Then there's a touching story of 'Granny's Sari' that got lost one day. And it was not any ordinary saree - it was Granny's favorite for it had the most beautiful pictures of bears and lions and squirrels on it. When Granny and grand-daughter Anu go looking for it what do they find? That the saree has helped a policeman nab a thief, it helped a neighbor pluck mangoes from a tree and finally ended up as new clothes for a poor fisherwoman's three children. What a special sari indeed!
What about the hilarious story of 'Mrs Woolly funny sweaters'. Mrs Woolly who knits in the mist and churns out absurd looking sweaters - one with two necks, another with no arms and yet another with four arms! How will Mrs Woolly and her daughter sell them? Well, a mother monkey carrying a baby monkey on its hip is a great candidate for the sweater with two necks. And a sitar is a customer for the armless one. A dog, for the sweater with four arms ..err legs. Ingenious right?
And who doesn't like 'Surprise Gifts'? Especially if they're a surprise for the sendee as well as the sender? When Farida aunty, a do-it-yourselfer made gifts for her brother's family, she sent apple jam, a hair clip, a lamp shade and a pen stand. How on earth did that become glue, a CD cleaner, a skirt and a hose pipe?
Asha Nehemiah the author of these stories (and more) is a much loved author in our house. Going by the number of times she's mentioned in the comments of other posts, she's a favorite with other ST-ers as well. The best part? These books (and others by CBT) cost Rs.18/-. That's what, 40 cents (USD)? Who says great books have to be expensive?