Time is one of the gifts of childhood. During our childhood, we had time to wander and wonder, to play freely without fears of traffic or crime. These are some of the simple joys missing from children’s lives these days. Cuddapah Tales takes us back to those simpler times.An airplane lands in a village and the village boys run to watch it; a monkey up to tricks loses more than his wits; a little dog’s bite finally puts sense into a mischievous kid; children make a visit to a village fair, which ends in tears; there's an unforgettable visit of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and a little girl’s adventurous cart ride to middle school. In simple, uncomplicated prose, the life of a five-year-old Nandu unfolds in a series of incidents, in an age when cars were few and the British were not just a memory but still a presence in India.