Retold Stories

TaleTown stories based on fables or folklore, and tales from across the world retold by Rajeev Wadhwa

  • Malika PukhrajMalika Pukhraj's iconic rendition of Hafeez Jalandhari's urdu nazm ‘Abhi Toh Main Jawaan Hun’ made them both legends in Indian sub-continent.

    Lyrics explained.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • (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...

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • Jolly Roger Pirate Grunge FlagRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba and 40 Thieves 17

    Marjina executes her daring plan.

    Hosh explains how burns can kill or affect health and how to treat them.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

     

  • 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

  • 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?

  • Book EndIt is our brain that translates words to create meaningful images.

    To do this, it needs to know both language as well as the context.

    Comprehension created from words will be wrong, if their translation or context is wrong.

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