This delightful collection of tales centres around the encounter of the fabled emperor Vikramaditya with a vetala, a genie, who inhabits a corpse. Vikramaditya is told twenty-four tales by the genie who ends each with a riddle. The twenty-fifth tale in the collection is the epilogue to the narrative.The Five-and-Twenty Tales of the Genie (Vetalapancavinsati) was set down by Sivadasa around the eleventh to the fourteenth centuries CE. there are no biographical details available for Sivadasa and this name could well be a nom de plume.|
About the Author:
CHANDRA RAJAN has taught English Literature at Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi University and at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. She is currently working on translations of Kalidasa's other poems and on a novel based on certain crucial episodes from the epic Mahabharata.