- Author: Girish Karnad
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- ISBN: 9780199474677
In Naga-Mandala, Karnad weaves two Kannada folk tales together. The first one comments on the paradoxical nature of oral tales in general: They have an existence of their own, independent of the teller and yet live only when they are passed on from one story-teller to another. Ensconced within this is the story of Rani, who makes up tales to fill the void in her life. Rani’s predicament poignantly reflects the human need to live by fiction and half-truths.