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Panchatantra, is perhaps the oldest collection of Indian Fables still surviving. It is written around 200BC by the great Hindu Scholar Pandit Vishnu Sharma. Panchatantra means "the five books". It is a "Nitishastra" which means book of wise conduct in life. The book is written in the form of simple stories and each story has a moral and philosophical theme which has stood ...more
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Huda Aweys
We learned a lot about ethics and values ​​through these tales we kids .. :) It's really nice!
Isabelle
I really wanted to read this book because it is a very early record of the art of the fable, using animals for moral and/or philosophical teaching purposes. I think that having grown up learning and reciting one Lafontaine fable after another, year after year, has made me sensitive to the genre. So after Lafontaine and Aesop, the natural progression is the Panchatantra, I thought. It may well be so, and I am glad I read those fables for that very reason. However, I did not derive much enjoyment ...more
Brad
These animal fables within the five books (pancha tantra) of a frame story collectively constitute nitishastra or scriptures on the wise conduct of life, not for the ascetic but for the person in the world. Apart from being the recognizable source for versions of fables later recounted by Aesop and others, the narratives are entertaining for their humor and social calculus. One of my favorite sections is the fourth book, Crows and Owls. After a parliament of the birds has decided to make owl the ...more
Muhammad Shakhawat Hossain
ভালো লাগলো বেশ! অনেকদিন পর নীতিকথার কোন বই পড়লাম। পাঁচটি তন্ত্র বা নীতি নিয়ে পঞ্চতন্ত্র। এ পাঁচটি তন্ত্র হল, (১) মিত্রভেদ (বন্ধু-বিচ্ছেদ), (২) মিত্রলাভ (বন্ধু লাভ), (৩) কাকোলূকীয় (চিরশত্রুতা), (৪) লব্ধপ্রনাশ (পেয়ে হারানো) ও (৫) অপরীক্ষিতকারক (না ভেবে কাজ করা)।
পশু পাখির মুখ দিয়ে গল্প বলিয়ে হাজার খানিক বছর আগেই মানব প্রকৃতিকে মোটামুটি একটা ছকে ফেলে দিয়েছে এই বইটি! আজকের দিনে নীতিকথাস্বরূপ এই গল্পগুলির আবেদন কতটুকু জানিনা কিন্তু সেই সময়ের প্রেক্ষিতে গল্পবলিয়ের পর্যবেক্ষণ আর উদ্ভাবনী ক্ষমত
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Swamy Gorrela
These stories were not new to indians.One way or other, everyone must have listened to these stories at some point of time. Naturally, they are/were best moral stories i have ever read/heard. <3
Mourya Biswas
Jan 22, 2009 Mourya Biswas rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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I learned so many things from ythis book, and yes this book is really superb.
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All of us have read or heard tales of “Panchatantra” at some point of time or other in our life. These are classic animal fables attributed to have written by “Vishnu Sharma” more than two thousand years ago in Sanskrit. The origin of stories must have been still older and probably they were passed on from generations to generations through the art of story telling. I wanted to get hold of complete book and read it in Hindi and luckily found the book in recent book
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Robert Sheppard
FOLKTALES AND FABLES IN WORLD LITERATURE--THE PANCHATANTRA, THE INDIAN AESOP, LA FONTAINE'S FABLES, THE PALI JATAKAS, THE BROTHERS GRIMM, CHARLES PERRAULT'S MOTHER GOOSE, THE CHINESE MONKEY KING, JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS' TAR-BABY & THE AMERINDIAN COYOTE AND TRICKSTER TALES ----FROM THE WORLD LITERATURE FORUM RECOMMENDED CLASSICS AND MASTERPIECES SERIES VIA GOODREADS—-ROBERT SHEPPARD, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


Folk tales, folk song, folk legend and and folk lore have been with us since time immemorial and
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Krishna Kumar
Wonderful stories that gives insights when you read it again and again. Every story can be interpreted in different ways according to your exposure, thought processes and wisdom. Deep values but simple narration..
Soumya Nambiar
A re look at the stories we grew up with.
Marti
Jun 17, 2012 Marti rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Meh. I was really hoping to like this but I didn't. I just didn't find any stories that really spoke to me or that I could relate to but just that it's a collection of old Sanskrit stories makes it kind of cool.
Vivek
I have only hear from my teacher that the panchantatra book was so good and now I can able to read it.'Vishnu Sharma' was a very good writer .
Mckinley
animal tales from India, Lakshmi brought me back a copy.
Steve schmitz
reads like saragasso manuscript. btw, f___ aslan.
Anirudh
Excellent stories for children.
Malleeswari
There is a moral in every corner!
Uday
they are very interesting stories
Kiran
excellent,fabolous ,work
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