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The Panchatantra Retold: Part 5 - Apariksitakarakam Kindle Edition
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As a student and fan of World Mythology, I was delighted before the stories began with the foreword explaining it’s a necessary and traditional aspect of Indian mythology to retell stories. One tale is told, and then the narrative is picked up by another character to further illustrate the point being made. This mode of storytelling was the heart and soul of ancient oratory, the reason we have these stories today, because one orator preserved them by passing them on to another before they were eventually written down. IMHO, Sonal Panse has found a most fitting way to bring this tradition into the digital age, thereby passing these stories on to another generation.
I was given a free copy of The Panchatantra Retold: Part 5 – Apariksitakaram in exchange for an honest non-reciprocal review. Excellent book. My inner child wants to read the others now.
It is not a book you want to read through in one sitting, story after story, especially not for children. Each story focuses on some moral lesson that needs absorbing and mulling over, especially for young minds. There are stories that emphasize wisdom and common sense over education and intelligence; humility over pride; modesty over greed; caring over selfishness; observation over oblivious behavior. If I had a small child, I would read one story a night, as each story ends with a lead on to the next, and that will delight the child and will make him or her want to read the next one.
The subtle humour and unexpected turn of events, present all through the book, makes it an even more enjoyable read.
I like the way the author gives sanskritized titles to the chapters like “Apariksitakarakam” which means ill-considered action. This story gives the message that a person must not rush into any action without understanding, planning or examining the consequences that may arise.
This also happens to be my son's favorite story. I like the way how these stories are interwoven. That's the beauty of Panchatantra.
The version of Panchatantra stories as retold by Sonal are easy to read on a Kindle and her style of writing and illustration are very appealing.