Lakshmi the water buffalo was usually friendly and cooperative. She loved the family that looked after her and they loved her back equally. Every afternoon, Gokul would take her to the fields to graze, and to the river for a swim. But Lakshmi was one stubborn buffalo. She wouldn’t allow anyone but Gokul’s mother, Hansa, to milk her. And one day, Hansa fell ill and had to stay in bed. Who would milk Lakshmi?
Set in the lush countryside of India, and accompanied by full-colour and black-and-white paintings, Lakshmi, the Water Buffalo Who Wouldn’t is a delightful read.
On a bright morning, a long time ago, there was great excitement at the palace of Chandpur. A princess was born, but during the day, she would remain in the form of an orange, and at night, she would emerge from her peel and transform into a beautiful maiden. On one such night, King Prithvi of Boondh saw her and fell deeply in love with her. They spent many years together, until one day the princess failed to return to the orange before dawn…
Mehlli Gobhai’s beautiful retelling of the ancient legend of the mysterious orange princess is an enchanting read, enhanced by his opulent colour paintings.