Fables

Panchatantra Stories

The Panchatantra contains the most widely known stories in the world. It consists of five books of animal fables and magic tales. Each of the five book is independent, consisting of a framing story with numerous inserted stories told by one or another of the characters in the main story. We have made the following …

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The Thief and the Brahmins

There was a Brahmin in a certain town, who was a thief. It was believed that he had become a thief due to ill actions in his previous life. One day, four Brahmins arrived in this town from a far-off place, to sell some wares. They had a successful business and earned a handful of …

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The King and The Foolish Monkey

Once there was a king, who had a pet monkey. This monkey was a fool, but was treated royally and moved freely in the king’s palace. He was also allowed to enter the king’s personal rooms that were forbidden even for the confidential servants. One afternoon, the king was asleep, while the monkey kept a …

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The Rat that ate Iron

Jveernadhana was a merchant’s son who was not successful. He faced a loss in his business and lost all his money. He thought of travelling to a different part of the country to seek success. He had inherited a very costly iron balance from his ancestors. When leaving, he mortgaged the iron balance to a …

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The Crane and The Mongoose

There was a huge Banyan tree beside a lake, which nested a number of cranes. In the hollow at the foot of the tree lived a poisonous black snake. He used to climb up and eat the crane’s youngs after they were hatched. One crane, who had lost her children to the cunning black snake, …

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Right-Mind and Wrong-Mind

Once upon a time there were two friends in a small village named Dharmabuddhi (Virtuous-Mind or Right-Mind) and Papabuddhi (Wicked-Mind or Wrong-Mind). One day, the wicked of the two, Papabuddhi, thought to himself that he was poor and lacked the knowledge to earn for himself. He thought of taking Dharmabuddhi to another kingdom and use …

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How a Sparrow Came to Grief

A couple of sparrows lived on the branches of a huge tree, deep in the jungle. They had worked very hard in building their nest, and it was a comfortable home that protected them in all weathers. One day, during the winter, as they were enjoying the comforts of their nest, it started raining outside. …

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The Bird and the Monkey

There lived a group of monkeys in the mountains. During one winter, there were heavy rains. Drenched in the rain, they began to shiver in the cold. During this time, some of the monkey found some colourful Gunja fruits, which appeared to them as embers of fire. Hoping to make some fire for themselves, they …

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Aesop’s Fables

Aesop was a storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop’s Fables. The life of Aesop is involved in much obscurity. There is nothing much to reply on with any degree of certainty in reference to the birth, life, and death of Aesop. Aesop’s Fables includes most of the best-known fables. …

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