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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Jaico Publishing House/Mumbai/India; 1st edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8184952597
  • ISBN-13: 978-8184952599
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arthur Ryder, a Professor of Sanskrit at the University of California, translated the Sanskrit original into English in 1925. This re-write of the Ryder translation is aimed at today's busy reader and the original interwoven stories are presented separately. Archaic English prose makes way for modern language. The Principle clearly and simply summarizes the wisdom imparted at the end of each story. Arthur Ryder's brilliant introduction and charming verse translations remain untouched. The present edition has further inputs from Sunita Parasuraman.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mrinalini Singh on June 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
I would recommend this book to everyone interested in the original treasure of these famous fables. This is the Best translation of the Panchatantra I have read. Happily, it does not read like a translation. The spirit of the fables has been captured very well, while the verses especially, having retained their lyrical quality.
Excellent didactic leisure reading for all ages.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read this book a long time back and I still treasure that same copy. It is fun to read and full of 'animal' wisdom and wit. I read this book aloud to kids and they too enjoy listening. I would recommend this book as one of the best translations of the Panchatantra. The book accurately captures the very spirit and essense of the original Sanskrit text without the tedious victorian overtones so much evident older oriental translations.
Buy this book - Keep it - Read from it from time to time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike on June 1, 2009
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Excellently reproduced from the Sanskrit version. Similar kind is now available in Penguin Classics written by Chandra Rajan. It would be great if pdf book available so that it could be read by older people with enlarged font.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. WHITMONT on May 2, 2013
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I found the use of verses to be distracting. They are used very frequently, and while this may be historically accurate I found them to distract from the reading of the stories. This distraction reduced my enjoyment and my ability to decipher wisdom and meaning from them. Otherwise, an interesting cultural and folkloric representative.
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