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Grandma's Bag of Stories

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  2,871 ratings  ·  165 reviews
When Grandma opens her bag of stories, everyone gathers Around.

Who can resist a good story, especially when it’s being told by Grandma? From her bag emerges tales of kings and cheats, monkeys and mice, bears and gods. Here comes the bear who ate some really bad dessert and got very angry; a lazy man who would not put out a fire till it reached his beard; a princess who got
Paperback, 178 pages
Published 2012 by Puffin Books
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“We should always have some aim in life which we must try to achieve while being of help to others.”

Rating-4 stars

Grandma's Bag of Stories by Sudha Murty, is a collection of short stories narrated by Ajji, (grandmother) to her grandchildren. These stories deal with simple themes and morals in a beautiful and engaging way and I would highly recommend it, specially for children.

I think this book is best suited for children within the age of 6-10 years, but it also just as enjoyable for olde
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book of Indian cautionary tales for children. The illustrations were not very stylish, but this is
beautiful storytelling by Sudha Murty.
Dalia (book_o_creativity)
Grandma's Bag of Stories is a beautiful collection of short stories by Sudha Murty. Who can resist a good story and especially when it's handpicked, sorted and being told by Grandma? Grandma will tell you stories of magnanimous king, wise farmer, enchanted scorpions, greedy mouse and many more. As Grandma sits with her grandchildren to tell stories over long summer days and nights to entertain and educate her pupils.
I loved this book. For me it's one of the best children-literature book and adu
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-pages
Sudha Murty has been one of my favourite storytellers whose work amazed me as a child. My mom got me one book of her and I've read that countless times, diving into them effortlessly.

This book brought the same magic, children's stories with a message and amusing tales one hears from their grandparents sitting leisurely and spending a good time during holidays in villages. I loved how I was reminded of the storytelling sessions I was rendered by my grandparents. I miss them and couldn't have ask
Kavitha Sivakumar
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ir-india-2020
Oh, I like this author's style of writing. I became a kid enjoying grandma's stories :) ...more
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For most of us, grandparents telling us stories during the holidays have a special place in our memories. The warmth of a grandparent, spinning tales that held us rapt. Sudha Murty's Grandma's Bag of Stories is just as charming.

Anand, Krishna, Meena and Raghu arrive at their grandparents' place in Shiggaon. Ajj'si and Ajja's house was all readied up for their arrival, with Ajji preparing their favourite snacks. The perfect holiday with wonderful food, fun times with the animals in Ajji-Ajja's ho
Shaloo Walia
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A quick, easy read. Though children's book but the stories can be equally enjoyed by adults. Reminds one of summer vacations spent at grandparents' place listening to endless stories. ...more
Vinay Leo
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
When you are little, stories form a big part of your life. More often than not, your parents or grandparents would tell you stories with those happy endings and daring deeds, with a moral to show you good things happen to good people. Sudha Murty's book, Grandma's bag of stories, is a refreshing read for anyone, any age. It has those memories of childhood for us who aren't kids anymore. It's put in a tone that you'd remember your grandparents telling the stories in. And it makes you want to go b ...more
Priya N
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
It is always a nice feeling reading Sudha Murty’s books. I loved this bag of stories.
Sep 29, 2012 is currently reading it
Read some 50 pages; more to go.
Cute stories.
Wish I had all this in childhood.
Stories which are important not only for children but also for the adults like us. Sudha Murty writes awesome stories which reminds us of our childhood and our villages.
Ayati Choudhary
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is centred around the summer vacation of seven children. These children visit their Ajji (Kannada for grandmother) and Ajja (Kannada for grandfather) in Shiggaon. Their Ajji knows a great deal of stories and she narrates one story a day, and it is for this reason that the children love her. Over the summer vacation, these children spend their time in this small town with their Ajja and Ajji. Most of the stories are being narrated by Ajji, but on few occasions, other village characters ...more
Guru Guru
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Easy English and Good read.
Kriti Labh
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grandma's Bag Of Stories , kids sit around the grandma with there , while getting mesmerised by one interesting tale after another showing there emotions in the twist and turn of stories and asking questions to show there attentiveness .

The book starts , and a few children go on to their grandparents ' home in Shiggaon , Karnatka
on a holiday during summers ... The children find some one to play with . They befriend the kids next door , and they had loads of fun with them . From taking a fun pic
Ashwath Anantharaman
This book is a compilation of many short stories, some funny, some adventurous and some scary too! Seven children who love stories listen to the tales told by their grandmother (ajji) and also told by others. Their grandmother can spin tales on anything under the sun, however she insists that she will share only one story a day. When the children demand more, she replies, " If you only eat laddus and pickles all day, will you be healthy? Stories are like that." Too much could be boring!!!
Aanay Tibrewal
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Grandma opens her bag of stories to teach lessons, everyone gathers Around. From her bag emerges tales of kings and cheats, a magic pot, monkeys and mice, bears and gods. Here comes the bear who ate some really bad dessert and got very angry; a lazy man who would not put out a fire till it reached his beard; a princess who got turned into an onion; a queen who discovered silk, an island full of statues, the saltiest sambar in the world and many more weird and wonderful people and animals. G ...more
Riya Joseph Kaithavanathara
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Maanya Singh
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grandma's Bag of Stories by Sudha Murthy is a collection of 22 short stories, in which 4 children came to their grandparents house to spend holidays and their grandmother tell them lot's of stories .
The books genre is fiction.
The book sounds exciting by it's title.
The main characters were Raghu, Meenu, Anand and Krishna who visited their grandparents house and their grandmother who tells them a lot of stories.
The other important characters were grandfather and Vishnu Kaka.
My favourite character
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have read this book twice and yet if i read it now again, i feel something new in it. I am a lover of sudha murthy and have read most of her books. The book has a big horizon of views, different stories of wit and wisdom. About the title, i would say that, grandma, the word itself is a synonym to stories in many cultures. She has a wide range of stories of many types. She never scolds us but tells stories with morals and we understand what she means. At last i would say to each and every one w ...more
Mokshita Agrawal
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sudha Murty's books are one of my most favourite books as they contain some and the other moral in them. This book has the morals even after every chapter or the story grandma tells. As in the silk story i got to know about the occurrence of silk which helped me in my class reading the same topic in science and history. This was also the first book I read. It grew to be very interesting when the stories started and finished ending up with a new moral or something knowledgeable. I reccommend read ...more
Vibha Srinivasan
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Who doesn’t love a good story especially when its told by grandma ?
Join Sudha Murthy into the world of wonderous tales told by grandma where princesses turn into onions and scorpions turn into gold...…
In this book the different stories teach us the values of life and examples of stubborn, generous, and absent-minded people. These delightful stories provide a great deal of entertainment and enjoyment to people of all ages. The weird and wonderful characters of these stories are the parts
Namit Chaturvedi
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Join Raghu, Meenu, Anand and Krishna as they join Ajji in the wonderful land of stories. There are king and thieves, mice and bears, gods and a forgetful girl.

There's a king who wants to listen to the longest story in history, a mouse (Mushika) who wants something for everything he does, a bear who was angry at Mohan for feeding him bad payasam, Goddess Lakshmi proving that she doesn't stay where she is not appreciated, a thief being outwitted by a common village wife, Kavery, a king who wants t
Vaibhav Rai
The book contains stories with moral values which were passed from many generations in India. It also contains some of old Indian legends. The book is made for all ages and not reading the stories when ajji is telling them is not possible at all. I would recommend everyone to read this book containing this legendary and folktales which came out of the ajji's bag of stories. ...more
Akshay Ladda
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 100-200
▪︎Quick and Easy Read
▪︎Engaging Short Stories

My Favorite Short Stories From These are 'Kavery and the Thief' , ‘Doctor, Doctor’ , 'A Treasure for Ramu', The Enchanted Scorpions, & How the Seasons Got Their Share. (Rating 4/5)
Anushree Shenoy
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book celebrates the essence of life. We should cherish good relationship and nature. My grandma is not a story teller. But when I was reading this book, I found a new Ajji (grandma in Kannada) who told me stories, who rectified my mistakes by using apt examples.

The book made me travel through village, forests, paddy fields, banana plantations, waterfalls, temples, market and Ajji’s beautiful house.

When I see new generation kids I feel pity because they will never get this joy of enjoying na
Adithya  Sunil
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful book for children who love to listen to the stories told by their grandparents.Reading this book I felt like I was sitting alongwith Anand,Krishna,Raghu and Meena listening to stories told by Ajji about whatever character one can imagine.It is an enjoyable read for children of all ages.So dive in, and join these kids in the wondrous land of stories.....
Pakhee Bhatia
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book will take you through the memory lane of your childhood days spent at your grandparent’s home. Sudha Murty’s Grandma’s Bag of Stories is simply wonderful and full of engaging stories of monkeys and mice, kings and cheats, scorpions and hidden treasures and princesses and onions.
The book starts with the grandmother Ajji waiting for her grandkids Raghu and Meenu to arrive for summer vacations. The other pair of sibling Anand and Krishna had already arrived. The craziness and fondness of t
Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating - 2.75.
Aarav Sharma
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely book by Sudha Murthy. Very lucid and entertaining stories.
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Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon in north Karnataka. She did her MTech in computer science, and is now the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written nine novels, four technical books, three travelogues, one collection of short stories, three collections of non-fiction pieces and two books for children.

Her books have been translated int

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