The Tale of Peacock and Peahen consists of Assam
folk tales for children. Assam is surrounded by the Brahmaputra valley. The
sacred scriptures of the Puranas are known here as 'Kamarupa'. It is believed
that Narakasura’s son, Bhagadatta, had ruled the kingdom in the capital of
Pragjyotishpura which is now called Gauhati. Pragjyotishpura was founded by
Amrutraja, son of Kusa and grandfather of Vishwamitra. There is a famous temple
of Tantrik Goddess Kamakhya Devi.
It is also believed that in Assam, Sri Krishna
fought against Bhishmaka to marry his daughter Rukmani. This place is also
famous because King Banasura of Sonitpur fought against Sri Krishna when his
daughter Usha secretly married Aniruddha, the grandson of Sri Krishna.
The people of Assam believe in Tantras, Ojhas,
witchcraft and black magic. They seek the advice of witch doctors for all kinds
of problems. The history of Assam is
affected by various socio-ethnic groups.
The staple diet of Assam is steam boiled rice
which is called Ukhua or sundried Uaroi. A very fine quality of rice called
Karaballam is grown only in Assam region.
The author, Shanti
Radha Krishnan, graduated from Delhi University. She did her post-graduation in
English Literature from Annamalai University in the year 1989.
Ever since her
childhood days her grandmother narrated folk tales of India. She developed her
writing skills at a very young age. She has been writing in official magazines
in English as well as in Hindi. Her parents inspired her to write. This is her
first book and she hopes everyone would like to read the folk tales of India.