Gulla and the Hangul is a simple story of a kind-hearted shepherd boy. It beautifully captures the gentle pace and beauty of life in a Kashmiri village and is a gentle reminder to children on the importance of conservation.
Our fun-loving hero, Gulla, is full of curiosity and innocence. His close bond with nature and her creatures forms the basis of a very well told story.
Against the backdrop of the underlying disquiet in the Kashmir valley, the reader is gently drawn into the routine of the young shepherd boy. It takes a sudden dramatic turn when Gulla spots a hangul, a young deer, being chased by dogs. He runs behind it to try and save it from a vicious end. Having saved the hangul, he now has to overcome fears that night usually brings. Men who fire guns, dangerous animals on the prowl and Banbudhiya, the wicked old woman of the forest - as legends go.
He braves it all in his effort to protect the little animal - and is well rewarded.
Soft, appealing colours, flowing lines of the illustrations and good background detailing, aid and support the narrative throughout the story.
Familiarizing the reader with local words, food and common terms from this region of India are an added bonus in a good narrative.
This book is also available in Hindi, Tamil, Malyalam, Kannada, Telugu, Gujarati, Bangla and Marathi