Folklore pervades childhoods, families and communities and is the language of the illiterate even in large, modern cities, folklore-proverbs, lullabies, folk medicine, folktales-is only a suburb away, a cousin or a grandmother away wherever people live, folklore grows india is a country of many languages, religions, sects and cultures it is a land of many myths and countless stories translated from twenty-two indian languages, these one hundred and ten tales cover most of the regions of india and represent favorite's narratives from the subcontinent ak ramanujan's outstanding selection is an indispensable guide to the richness and vitality of india's ageless oral folklore tradition. About the Author: Poet, translator, folklorist, and philologist A.K. Ramanujan was born in Mysore, India. He earned degrees at the University of Mysore and Deccan College in Pune and a PhD from Indiana University. Ramanujan wrote in both English and Kannada, and his poetry is known for its thematic and formal engagement with modernist transnationalism. Issues such as hybridity and transculturation figure prominently in such collections as The Striders (1966), Selected Poems (1976), and Second Sight (1986). The Collected Poems of A.K. Ramanujan (1995) received a Sahitya Akademi Award after the authors death.