Since a very young age, I’ve enjoyed reading, hearing and telling short stories. Indian literature is rich with a large collection of short stories aimed at instructing as well as entertaining young children. When I was a child, my mom would tell me stories all the time, while feeding me, at bedtime, whenever I was bored … and as I grew a bit older, we were steadily introduced to chandamama, tinkle, panchatantra, jataka tales and amar chitra katha books.
When my own children were born, I tried to remember as many stories as I could but was able to recollect only a few of the vast number of stories I’d consumed over 20 years ago. Especially since I wanted to be able to tell the stories in Telugu – we live in the US and it is very difficult to hang on to the tenuous connection with our mother tongue.
This blog is an attempt to recapture as many of those stories as I can. These are not original stories – rather, as the title suggests, it is a compilation of pitta kathalu, burra kathalu, neeti kathalu (short stories, fables and moral stories).
I welcome suggestions – if you have stories you remember from your childhood, please forward them on to me, and I will credit you for the ideas on the post.
One of my readers most helpfully commented that there are several spelling mistakes on this site. I sincerely appreciate the feedback. As someone with no formal telugu education, I constantly struggle with spellings. If you spot any mistakes, please send me a comment and I will fix it.
Thanks for helping me make this blog so successful.