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A possible cover art

My version of the novel is different from the traditional story.
A magician picks up a child of 12 from the streets and leads him into a ruin. The boy is frightened at the sight of it for he fears that it is an abode for jinns. He is right. The magician is delighted and tells him that he is right for his purpose. He hands him clean plate, pours some powder and from a vial some liquid over it. He warns him to utter certain formula while fumes begin to rise. The boy does so and two figures appear. One is a Jinn and the woman is none other than Shehrzade who recites the story of the Tale of Two brothers and all the rest of it.

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The Baron’s household will not be complete without introducing Candide’s tutor Pangloss, who lived under the roof. He was sure the Baron’s castle was a symbol: it was the best of worlds for he lived in it. He was sure it was indeed the case for he could move among the life upstairs and also among the life downstairs. He was once surprised by Candide with a wench, a scullery maid and without batting his eyelid he explained, “I would like to be surprised now and then.” “But master,” Candide asked, isn’t it what you call low life?” Oh no! boy,” When you lie low all you see are stars and while I look down I tell my self, ‘Lucky dog, I live in the best of both worlds.”
Of course Candide believed it was so.

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Baron Thunder-ten-Tronck built his castle for view and his household for his will and pleasure.The baronness weighed three hundred and fifty pounds and she brought thirty million gold pieces, which pleased him. Her daughter, Cunegonde, aged seventeen and son taking after his vanity and bad jokes, were their chief joy. Baron told jokes point of which escaped all but at the way the servants laughed it was plain that he was a man of wit. He was the lord of the manor and he doted on Candide whose parentage was somewhat lost in translation. But no matter the boy was mild and honest. He as guardian had taken him under his wings.

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In Westphalia was the castle of Baron Thunder-ten-tronckh and Candide who lived there thought it was the best of the worlds. For the impressive youth it was gospel truth since the daughter of the baron made his heart flutter. Whenever she surprised on him he knew the signs. The lines he was reading swam and the book he was reading from became blank and his heart beat faster and he blushed. Love he was certain made the world move, and he could no more read when the maid of seventeen came near him. What sighs what yearning overcame him!
The grounds Cunegonde walked belonged to his guardian Baron Thunder. Decidedly he lived in the best of the worlds. He could well understand what his tutor said,’Lucky dog! I have it best of both worlds!”

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Candide is for all ages. His story could well be the story of an immigrant going to the west imagining the goodness of man. As professed by the doctor, the church and the politician, their institutions are altogether different from what really faces him at every turn. Rascality of man is only demonstrable when called to a given situation. Let us see how far I can go on with Candide and as I believe, no one shall tell how unless one really gets down to it. So I shall in the coming weeks post as and when I get the artwork and story get moving.

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‘Historians generally date Archaic period of Greece between 800 BCE – 480 BCE.

In the cusp of Archaic and Golden age of Greece Protagoras of Abdera struck the first blow with his dictum: Man is the measure of all things. It shook the Pantheon of gods on its foundations.

However without the birth of Aesop in 509 BCE this graphic novel would not have seen light of the day…. ‘



















‘I am Silenus

Your guide’




‘Come with me to that tavern…

It is on Samos… An isle.

A story along the way…

The Kid and the Wolf’



The tavern is full with custom… ‘Follow me

We shall meet some one special’.



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How does one define imagination? death defying power given to man. Homer still lives!


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