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The book reached Arabia sometimes in the fifth century AD, and then later it reached Europe, where it is believed to have led to development of Aesop's fables. It is difficult to judge how it has affected these societies, but in India it has had tremendous impact, which continues to this day. Its lessons are alive and well even today, and almost every child will know at least one story from Panchatantra.
The present translation from the original Sanskrit is good one, though it appears to have been condensed at many places, with many critcal comments left out. If you want a more faithful translation, you may look in Penguin Classics where it has been published as 'Pancatantra', translated by Chandra Rajan, and offers an excellent introduction to boot.
However, Sanskrit and English are two very different languages in their orientation (though they belong to the same family). As a result, the translation of many ideas suffers. Also, some of the particularly interesting comments have been left out altogether.Read more ›
What's that? Oh, it's a bunch of comic books with morals. Our comics in the states have long since
strayed to the more adventurous, exciting comics we see today which may or may not have a moral.
The kids looked forward to more comics. These comics that are the stories of relationship building,
deceit and the eventaul outcomes of friendships, treachery, honesty and deceit.
How did we do it when we grew up. Well, I guess we had Aesops Fables. But I never saw them in comic
This book is a subset of the textual versions of those morals. I hear that the comics are still available,
but there are about 2000 of them. I liked it. The storeis reminded me that some of the stuff you
hear may not always be honest. After all, people may have a reason for being dishonest at one time or
another. Eventually, they'll come around.
Thanks for the recommendation, Chandrika.
be a wise leader. Simple, enjoyable tales, and good advice.
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Great short stories using animal characters but having a message. I use to tell a story whenever my daughter persists for it.Published 6 months ago by Somnath Singh
It was a very nice book to read especially off your work to take the stress and yet a self-educating experience.Published on April 14, 2014 by Gokul
I love stories about the east because they always have lessons in them,but this was way too childish for me.Published on January 5, 2013 by Tommy B.