Short Stories

The Unforgiving Monkey

Chandra was a king, whose sons kept a group of monkeys as pets. These monkeys were treated as royal pets, and were provided with the choicest of foods and the best of care. As they did not have much to do, they had become fat. The chief of these monkeys was very wise. The followed …

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The Bird with Two Heads

Once upon a time, there lived a great bird named Bharunda, on the banks of a lake. It was strange because he had two necks with two heads, but shared the common body. One day, as the bird was wandering, it found a delicious looking red-golden fruit. One of the heads mumbled, “Oh, what a …

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The Brahmin’s Dream

Swabhavakripna was a poor Brahmin who lived alone in a small village. He had no friends or relatives, and used to beg for alms for his living. He was also a miser, and kept whatever little food he received as alms in an earthen pot that he hung beside his bed. He kept a watch …

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The Musical Donkey

There lived a washerman’s donkey, whose name was Uddhata. During the day, the donkey would carry the washerman’s bags, but during the night, he was set free to eat the green grass in a nearby field. However, instead of grazing in the nearby fields, he crept into nearby farms and ate vegetables of his choice. …

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The Four Learned Fools

Four naive Brahmins, who were great friends, lived in a certain town. One day, they decided to study hard and acquire knowledge. They would then be able to make money. It was decided that they would require going to a different town to do that. So, they travelled to a new city, and joined a …

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The Lion that Sprang to Life

There lived four friends in a certain town. Although, all four of them were young Brahmins, one of them was a complete ignorant in matters of learning but had good common-sense. The other three were very learned in matters of the Holy Scriptures, but lacked common-sense. One day, as the four friends were assembled together, …

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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 Four Treasure-Seekers

Four Brahmins lived in a certain town, who shared a good friendship among themselves. However, they were utterly poor. They discussed their condition and concluded, “Let us leave this place, where we are languishing in poverty. Let us go somewhere else and prosper” After meeting their friends and relatives, they started on their travels. After …

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