The Hitopadesa

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-07-31
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics
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Widely read and beloved for more than a thousand years, the Hitopadesa(Book of Good Counsels) is an anthology of folk wisdom that offers humorous and profound reflections on human lives and loves, philosophies and follies. Drawing on traditional sources, Narayana presents classic tales as narrated by animals, resulting in a work that is a fascinating blend of fable and satire.

Author Biography

Narayana is thought to have lived in eastern India in the ninth century.
A.N.D. Haksar was educated at the universities of Allahabad and Oxford and has translated various classics from Sanskrit.

Table of Contents

Mitralabha / gaining friendsp. 13
The traveller and the tigerp. 17
The deer, the crow and the jackalp. 29
The cat and the vulturep. 30
The monks and the mousep. 44
The old man and the young wifep. 45
The greedy jackalp. 57
The merchant's bridep. 65
The elephant and the jackalp. 67
Suhrdbheda / splitting partnersp. 75
The meddlesome monkeyp. 84
The intrusive assp. 85
The cat which became superfluousp. 99
The canny procuressp. 102
Our faults redound on usp. 108
The woman with two loversp. 112
The cunning crowp. 114
The lion and the rabbitp. 115
The lapwing and the oceanp. 123
Vigraha / warp. 135
The birds who tried to help the monkeysp. 139
The ass disguised as a tigerp. 140
The rabbit and the elephantp. 142
The swan and the crowp. 146
The crow and the quailp. 147
The fool who was easily satisfiedp. 148
The blue jackalp. 158
The faithful servantp. 169
The greedy barberp. 173
Sandhi / peacep. 189
The foolish tortoisep. 192
The three fishp. 193
The quick-witted wifep. 193
The short-sighted cranep. 195
The hermit and the mousep. 198
The crane and the crabp. 199
The priest who fantasizedp. 201
The two ogresp. 203
The priest and the three roguesp. 211
The credulous camelp. 212
The cunning old snakep. 215
The hasty priest and the loyal mongoosep. 223
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