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TaleTown multimedia children’s literature by Rajeev Wadhwa, English short stories & tales for children, kids, youngsters, teens, teenagers, young adults, family

  • A Cup Too Full

    KyotoHe poured in his visitor’s cup. The cup was soon full, but Nan-in kept pouring.

    The tea rose to the rim and began to spill over on the table.

    Nan-in continued pouring.

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 01

    IMG_3047Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 01

    Will Alibaba’s fearful mind risk danger?

    Fear clouds opportunities, time & reflection reveal them.

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 02

    Old Man and the Donkey...Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 02

    Alibaba stole from thieves. Is stealing from thieves wrong?

    Beliefs are dangerous, yet useful. Why?

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 03

    balanceRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 03

    Qasim's clever wife stumbles upon Alibaba's secret. This strains their relationship.

    Trust once lost, is not easily regained.

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 04

    Saleh GesemRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 04

    Qasim gets to the treasure, but can he get it out?

    Stressed minds make mistakes. Mistakes can be fatal.

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    Gold Mohur Coin, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, 1889Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 05

    With slave-girl Marjina, Alibaba plans full Islamic burial rites for Qasim, but how to avoid suspicion?

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 06

    Pamela MachadoRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 06

    Marjina convinces the Haqeem that Qasim is very sick & then Mustafa to go blindfolded to sew the corpse.

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 07

    Funeral processionRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 07

    Alibaba observes Qasim's full mourning rituals.

    But why wash a dead body if you bury or burn it anyway?

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 08

    Old man [ 22 ] - Elder 3Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 08

    With mutual distrust growing, thieves widen their search and discover Mustafa.

    He tells a noteworthy tale...

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 09

    Reflected gloryRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 09

    The blindfolded Mustafa leads the thief to Alibaba's house.

    The home is marked, but Marjina foils the ID.

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 10

    A farmer's pride

    Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 10

    Another bandit marks Alibaba’s house but Marjina is vigilant.

    Rosh discusses Dozakh, Jannat, Life, death...

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 11

    (animated stereo) Bedouin (?) camp, Sinai (circa 1920)Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 11

    Captain of the thieves identifies Alibaba’s house & returns to hatch a deadly plan.

    Death comes knocking...

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 12

    Aqaba PalaceRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 12

    Discovering thieves hidden in oil barrels frightens Marjina to death.

    Could one literally die from fear?

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 13

    BarrelRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 13

    What could Marjina do to save Alibaba's household?

    Throw boiling water on hidden bandits? Burn barrels?

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 15

    first night's camp fireRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 15

    Super-heated oil, water or sand were deadly thermal weapons in ancient warfare.

    Could Marjina use these?

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 18

    Steely gazeRetold Arabian Nights tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 18

    Alibaba went to the Hammam completely unaware of the silent executioner working stealthily in his house.

     

     

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    Sekapan Piit Feet, Sarawak, BorneoRetold Arabian Nights tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 19

    Alibaba gratefully gifts Marjina her freedom, and sets about disposing the 37 corpses quickly & quietly.

     

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 21

    LaredoRetold Arabian Nights tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 21

    Thirst for vengeance rejuvenates the Captain.

    He rides back to the city to discover more about his enemy

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 22

    AntiqueRetold Arabian Nights tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 22

    Impostor Khwaja Hasan comes to Alibaba's party but won't eat their salt.

    Like Marjina, Josh wonders why?

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves - 23

    Book EndRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba and 40 Thieves - 23

    Marjina investigates their enigmatic guest & performs a dazzling sword belly dance

     

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