The Pancatantra

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2007-07-31
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Ascribed by legend to the celebrated half-mythical teacher Visnu Sarma, the fables of The Pancatantrawere first recorded 1,500 years ago but date back to India’s robust oral tradition. Widely translated, they have influenced a vast number of works in India, the Arab world, and Europe, including the Arabian Nights, the Canterbury Tales, and the Fables of La Fontaine.

Author Biography

Visnu Sarma is thought to have been a celebrated teacher who, at the age of eighty, composed the stories of The Pancatantra to educate three idle princes in the art of governance.
Chandra Rajan studied English and Sanskrit at St. Stephen-'s College, Delhi, and has taught English at Delhi University and the University of Western Ontario.

Table of Contents

The Pancatantra : preamble
Estrangement of friendsp. 7
Frame story : lively and tawnyp. 9
The monkey and the wedgep. 15
The jackal and the battle-drump. 31
Fine tooth and the palace sweeperp. 38
The holy man and the swindler and the weaver's unfaithful wifep. 46
The crow and the serpentp. 62
The crab and the cranep. 64
Dim wit and the harep. 69
The weaver and princess charmingp. 76
The grateful beasts and the ungrateful manp. 98
Crawly, the bedbug and drone, the waspp. 105
The blue jackalp. 108
The owl and the wild goosep. 114
The camel, the crow and othersp. 120
The lion and the chariot-makerp. 126
The lapwing who defied the oceanp. 130
The turtle and the geesep. 132
The three fishesp. 133
The sparrow and the tuskerp. 137
The ancient wild goose and the fowlerp. 141
The lion and the lone Ramp. 143
The jackal who outwitted the lionp. 147
Strong and the naked mendicantp. 157
The maiden wedded to a snakep. 159
Death and little blossomp. 162
The tailor-bird and the apep. 164
Fair mind and foul mindp. 166
The foolish heronp. 169
The preposterous liep. 172
The twin parrotsp. 177
The three friends and the noble robber and faithful but foolishp. 178
Winning of friendsp. 191
Frame story : the crow, the mole, the deer and the tortoisep. 193
Bharunda birdsp. 195
Goldy's sorrowsp. 210
Mother Sandileep. 213
The greedy jackalp. 215
The man who received what was hisp. 226
Little simple, the weaverp. 238
Hangballs and the vixenp. 242
The mice that freed the elephantsp. 251
Speckle's captivityp. 256
Of crows and owlsp. 265
Frame story : of crows and owlsp. 267
How the birds picked a kingp. 280
The hare who fooled the elephant-kingp. 284
The cat's judgementp. 290
The brahmana and his goatp. 298
The ants who killed the snakep. 300
The serpent who paid in goldp. 305
The golden geese of lotus lakep. 306
The dove who sacrificed himselfp. 308
Old man, young wifep. 314
The brahmana, the robber, and the demonp. 316
The snake in the prince's bellyp. 319
The chariot-maker cuckoldedp. 321
The mouse-maiden who wed a mousep. 325
The bird who dropped golden turdp. 331
The talking cavep. 333
The frogs that rode snakebackp. 340
The brahmana's revengep. 342
Loss of gainsp. 351
Frame story : the ape and the crocodilep. 353
The frog-king who overreached himselfp. 360
Long ears and dustyp. 366
The potter who played the herop. 370
The jackal mothered by the lionessp. 372
The ungrateful wifep. 375
Two henpecked husbandsp. 378
The ass in tiger-skinp. 379
The unfaithful wifep. 382
The officious sparrowp. 385
The smart jackalp. 387
The dog who went abroadp. 391
Rash deedsp. 393
Frame story : the barber who slaughtered the monksp. 395
The brahmani and the faithful mongoosep. 400
The four treasure-seekersp. 402
The Scholars who brought a dead lion to lifep. 409
Thousandwit, hundredwit, singlewitp. 411
The singing assp. 413
The dull-witted weaverp. 416
The day-dreaming brahminp. 419
The ape's revengep. 421
The credulous Ogrep. 427
The three-breasted princessp. 430
The brahmana who askedp. 430
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