Vatsala Sperling


Vatsala Sperling, Ph.D., fluent in a number of Indian languages and Sanskrit, learned these traditional stories at her mother’s feet and enjoys introducing them to children of the Western world. Before marrying and moving to the United States, she was the chief of Clinical Microbiological Services at the largest children’s hospital in India. She is the author of How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head, How Parvati Won the Heart of Shiva, Ram the Demon Slayer, Hanuman’s Journey to the Medicine Mountain, Ganga: The River that Flows from Heaven to Earth, and Karna: The Greatest Archer in the World. She lives in Vermont with her husband and son.

Books By Vatsala Sperling

  1. For Seven Lifetimes

    For Seven Lifetimes

    By Vatsala Sperling
    By Ehud Sperling

    $19.95
    For Seven Lifetimes chronicles the year-long written courtship of a cross-cultural couple as they share their beliefs on sexuality, gender roles, careers, parenthood, and religion, and reveals the secret of a fulfilling relationship based on shared values and spiritual growth.
  2. Ganga

    Ganga

    By Vatsala Sperling

    $15.95
    Ganga tells how the Hindu goddess Ganga came to Earth as the Ganges River, a river sacred to Hindus. Illustrated with full-color paintings in the traditional Indian style, Ganga introduces children to one of the most beloved characters in Hindu mythology.
  3. Hanuman's Journey to the Medicine Mountain

    Hanuman's Journey to the Medicine Mountain

    By Vatsala Sperling

    $15.95
    Born on Earth to be a helper for Ram, the hero of the epic Ramayana, Hanuman, the magical monkey, can leap higher than the sun and move faster than the wind. This beautifully illustrated retelling of Hanuman’s story makes accessible to Western children and their parents one of the most playful and beloved characters of the Hindu tradition.
  4. How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head

    How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head

    By Harish Johari
    By Vatsala Sperling

    $15.95

    Ganesh’s timeless story teaches children about the steadfast power of dedication to duty, the awe-inspiring power of a mother's love for her child, and the gentle power of compassion. Accompanied by rich, color illustrations prepared according to the traditional Hindu canon, How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head will transport children to a magical world filled with ancient wisdom.

  5. How Parvati Won the Heart of Shiva

    How Parvati Won the Heart of Shiva

    By Harish Johari
    By Vatsala Sperling

    $15.95
    Adishakti comes to Earth as the mountain princess Parvati, and repeats her beloved's name until he opens his heart and asks for her hand in marriage. Accompanied by rich, color illustrations, How Parvati Won the Heart of Shiva teaches children that with enough love and perseverance even the seemingly impossible can be achieved.

  6. Karna

    Karna

    By Vatsala Sperling

    $15.95
    Karna: The Greatest Archer in the World introduces children to one of the most colorful characters of Hindu mythology, the heroic but humanly flawed character of Karna, who grapples with issues of right and wrong, truth and lies, loyalty and abandonment. This book speaks especially to the questions that arise for adoptive children and their parents.
  7. The Magical Adventures of Krishna

    The Magical Adventures of Krishna

    By Vatsala Sperling

    $15.95
    Tales of Krishna--part superhero, part mischievous boy--have delighted and instructed Indian children for centuries. Illustrated in a centuries-old method, this book brings to life one of India's most beloved characters.
  8. Ram the Demon Slayer

    Ram the Demon Slayer

    By Vatsala Sperling

    $15.95
    In Ram the Demon Slayer, readers follow Ram from his conception and birth through his training with sages and first successful demon battles to his marriage to the beautiful princess Sita and his final triumphant victory over the demon king. This beautifully illustrated retelling of the Ramayana makes accessible to Western children and their parents, one of the favorite heroes of the Hindu tradition.
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    Arjuna

    Arjuna

    By Vatsala Sperling

    Regular Price: $15.95

    Special Price $11.17

    We are all born for a purpose, though sometimes it is not clear to us what it is. In this colorful tale of good versus evil, Prince Arjuna, a compassionate warrior, must choose between abstaining from battle or fulfilling his destiny to end the war. Adapted for Western children from the Mahabharata.