Although its dates have not been conclusively established, the Kathasaritsagara is said to have been compiled by a Kashmiri Saivite Brahmin called Somadeva in AD 1070. The stories in this book are retold from ten of the eighteen books of the original Kathasaritsagara. The main narrative, or frame story, deals with the adventures of Naravahanadatta and culminates in his eventual coronation as the king of the sky-dwellers with magical powers. The numerous tales and stories in the book are told by various ministers of Naravahanadatta.
About the Author:
ARSHIA SATTAR has a Ph.D. from the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. Her areas of interest are Indian epics, mythology, and the story traditions of the subcontinent. She also reviews books and writes on women's issues and contemporary culture for various newspapers and magazines.