Anita Nair is the author of the best-selling novels The Better Man, Ladies' Coupe, Mistress and a short story collection, Satyr of the Subway. Her children's books include The Puffin Book of World Myths and Legends; Adventures of Nonu, the Skating Squirrel; and Living Next Door to Alise. Her books have been translated into over twenty-six languages around the world.
When Surya the sun god got married, his wife could not bear the heat of his rays and ran away. Surya was heartbroken and the world plunged into darkness. A dwarf asked a king for some land, which he measured with three footsteps, and ended up claiming the earth and the sky. Sage Daksha got his daughters married to the moon, but later, in a fit of rage, cursed the moon with consumption, making it wax and wane. These are some of the fifty myths from India recounted in this fabulously produced book. From wise sages to demonic asuras, beautiful river deities to arrogant kings, wayward gods to brave princes, this collection of myths showcases the most enchanting and magical stories from Indian mythology.