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Hindu Tales from the Sanskrit [Kindle Edition]

N/A , N. D'Anvers , Siddha Mohana Mitra
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


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  • File Size: 166 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B004HZZ34W
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082VDAFQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Children's Stories December 28, 2010
By Mithril
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This is a book of nine stories which have been translated from their original language into English. The book was first published in 1919, so there's a distinct air of ethnocentrism hovering about it, although it manages to be very fair and open about other cultures and gods.

Actually, I was overall very impressed by the lack of a condescending tone in the book, which often occurs with early translations of stories into English, AND often occurs in books of children's stories.

The stories themselves tend towards the long side, but they are broken into chapters. Each chapter is very short and ends with a series of simple questions ('what is the chief lesson to be learnt from this story' or 'what would you have said if you had been the woodcutter?'). I didn't care for the questions because they interrupted the flow of the story slightly and gave the overall feeling of reading a textbook, but they were easy enough to ignore and didn't detract from the stories.

The book does not have an active table of contents, and includes some occasional typo-like errors from the scanning process. It also seems to have a very odd interpretation of, where commas should go--but nothing to turn you off from reading it.

The stories included are:

The Magic Pitcher
The story of a Cat, a Mouse, a Lizard and an Owl
A Royal Thief-Catcher
The Magic Shoes and Staff
The Jeweled Arrow
The Beetle and the Silken Thread
A Crow and His Three Friends
A Clever Thief
The Hermit's Daughter

For another book of child-friendly Indian fairy tales you might also check out Deccan Nursery Tales or, Fairy Tales from the South, and you can find more general tales in Indian Fairy Tales
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Stimulating April 3, 2010
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I enjoy reading world literature and appreciate nice translations. I also liked the questions interspersed through the text. Far too few people read nowdays and from that small pool few seem to question or think about what they read. Recommend for fairy tale lovers and those interested in a glimpse of Indian values/thoughts/literal culture.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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The Stories Present in the text is Very interesting with some good morals. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories to my Room mates. Good read for anyone looking to broaden their horizons.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved these stories! November 6, 2010
By Janell
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I love fairy tales and folk tales of all sorts, and these stories are no exception. I loved reading them, but I like to be able to share fairy tales with the children I babysit when they go to sleep, and they always ask me to tell them some new story. But these stories are much too long to be told as a bed-time story! It took me a good 40 minutes to tell one properly! Of course, the kids didn't mind staying up to hear it... :) The questions do make it fun to read to them, though
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good work February 26, 2011
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was trying kindle so thought free book will b good to read but i suppose if amazon will even charge little money for this book it will go ...nice translation n good questions after each chapter
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3.0 out of 5 stars Simple Folk Tales for Younger Readers February 26, 2014
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Although I prefer reading sci-fi, fantasy and thrillers, I do enjoy the occasional folk-tale, historical fiction and non-fiction book. Some spoilers to follow...

STORY: This book actually consists of 9 different folk tales. The commonality between them is that they are all Indian (specifically Hindu) folk tales. Most of the tales are set in the past, but readers can relate to characters and events that take place. All the tales are written in a simple fashion for younger readers (as a nice introduction to Hindu mythology and folk tales).

As an adult reader, the tales were all a bit too simplistic in nature for me, but I really enjoyed The Beetle and the Silken Thread. It's a tale of how a royal advisor/vizier used his ingenuity and creativity to escape from a potentially fatal situation. Most of the tales follow the same general principle: introduce the tale/character, an evil fate befalls them and the hero is able to escape having learned some moral. To expand on this, the author makes sure to include two questions after each chapter of each tale and 4-5 questions after the conclusion of each story. This would help parents discuss the issues that characters have to deal with and teach some good lessons throughout.

MY TAKE: I would recommend this to anyone interested in getting started with Hindu mythology and folk tales. These are all wonderful stories for young children and most of them have some sort of message throughout the book. Indeed, the questions sprinkled throughout the book would make for good discussions with younger readers.

I hope to continue reading with some books that delve deeper in Hindu Mythology, meant for older readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet stories November 3, 2013
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Great book for anyone who has a love of fairy tales. The stories show great moral value that any person could use.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fairy tale lovers delight July 25, 2013
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This is a fun find for the fairy tale lover. While some of the plots may seem familiar none of the actual stories are in Grimm's. As these are Hindu, you can see different cultural values as well as similar ones regarding loyalty, love and virtue. I did not give this a full five star because I thought the translation might have been a little more elegant. Usually fairy tales are told in "quaint" language, old fashion by our standards of current speech. This translation uses serviceable, if "ho-hum" language. But the stories themselves are fun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great short moral stories and I read all of them. I enjoyed very much.
Published 4 days ago by Bob P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it
Published 13 months ago by Leatherface
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for adults or children
This is a good work for the expansion of cultural experience for the adult or child who is interested in world cultures and their histories. Enjoyable!
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hindu Tales from the Sanskirt
This book has short Hindi stories that are a fun read and can be shared with others. Stories about greed and what is truly important for example.
Published 15 months ago by nina martinez
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic Overview of Hindu Tales
A nice overview of Hindu Tales but nothing outstanding. I would be interested in reading about their stories more. Another text might be more interesting. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lynn Ellingwood
1.0 out of 5 stars order
I never bought this book I don't know why it is showing up. Hope you did not charge me for this please check your records.
Published 19 months ago by DEBI
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This appears to be originally for students, with commentary. I enjoyed every word of it. It is gentle and flowing, and would be good bedtime stories for school children. Read more
Published 21 months ago by pb
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
I didnt really have the time to read the whole thing but fron what i did read, it was good.
Published 21 months ago by Jashara
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