Vikram and the Vampire

Natasha Sharma

Vikram and the Vampire

Natasha Sharma

Distributed for Zubaan Books

124 pages | 18 halftones | 5 x 8 | © 2015
Paper $12.00 ISBN: 9789384757649 Published March 2016 World sales rights except India
King Vikram has a devil of a dilemma! In order to gain power and wealth beyond his wildest dreams, he must deliver a corpse to the sorcerer Shaitanish. The only problem with this simple task is that this particular corpse is home to Betal—an impish storyteller of a vampire with tricks up his sleeve. Betal gives the King a series of riddles to solve as he rides along on the King’s back. If King Vikram solves the riddle, but forgets to speak his answer aloud, the vampire will continue to haunt him—spoiling his plans for innumerable riches! Nobody is quite as foolish as King Vikram and Betal runs circles around the poor man, quickly turning him into a royal punchline.

Stories like this one of Vikram and Betal date back over a thousand years and in Vikram and the Vampire, Natasha Sharma brings the classic story to life in a hilarious and modern retelling. Children from eight to eighty will enjoy the tale of a dimwitted king and the tongue-twisting, punning vampire who is destined to outsmart him.
Contents
Cover
About the Book
About the Author
Title Page
Copyright
Note to the Reader
Dedication
A Matter of Transport
The Makings of a Chatpata Chaat..Oops…Chatpata Story
It’s A Set-Up!
I Hate Dark, Gloomy, Cobwebby, Spooky Places, Don’t you?
Vikram Meets Betal (Time for a drum roll)
The Delicate Darlings
The Noblest of All
Who Shall Be the Husband?
Who Shall be the Husband? (Don’t flip back to check…this is a different one)
Who Shall Be the Husband? (Is this a joke…)
The Greatest of Fools
Off With Their Heads
The Finicky Fellows
Who is to Blame?
Mutter A Mantra
That’s It! Enough is Enough!
The End is Near
Origin of Vikram and Betal Stories 
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