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The Panchatantra, one of the world's greatest collections of tales, was compiled in India by a learned Brahmin named Vishnu Sharman, more than 2,000 years ago. These stories were meant to impart worldly wisdom to the dull-witted sons of a king, and have since travelled the world, awakening intelligence in readers across centuries. This book is a rare coming together of sim ...more
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Published January 1st 2008 by Jaico Publishing House (first published -300)
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Huda Aweys
We learned a lot about ethics and values ​​through these tales when we were kids ! .. :) It's really nice,And I was like it ! ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Panchatantra story of a monkey and a crocodile.Stories in stones, Tripurantakesvara Temple

It all started with Sreyas and me discussing tales and creatures in them. I presented him some of Lithuanian tale and myth heritage and he offered me to have a taste of his country’s folklore. “The tales of Panchatantra”. Nāndi, my friend 😉He cautioned me in advance that there are no dragons there.

“The Tales of Panchatantra” contains five books (“pancha” means “five” and “tantra” means “part”), eac
Insanely fun book collecting a myriad tales of animals and people, that can be read in just moments and that leaves you laughing and pensive. It's strikingly similar to Aesop's Fables, so similar that even if you lack the Indian cultural context for a lot of the tales (as I did), you'll still understand the general thrust of the story, both because they're very easy to understand and because you're likely to get the point from the Western animal fables you were taught growing up. There's also ha ...more
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Always a good collection to start with 💝
Ashish Iyer
The Panchatantra means five codes of conduct is an ancient Indian collection of interrelated animal fables. Originally narrated in Sanskrit. The Panchatantra illustrates the primary Hindu principles of niti - the wise conduct of life – through stories largely based on animal characters. It is one of the surviving work is dated to about 300 BCE, but the fables or stories are likely much more ancient. The text's author is unknown, but has been attributed to Vishnu Sharma. These stories of India is ...more
James Violand
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Aesop on steroids. Instead of the moral at the end of a fable, the characters recite morals throughout a fable, which may be within a fable, which is inside another fable, only then to reach a conclusion and a new moral. It reminds me of the movie "Inception" only not nearly as entertaining. There's only so much a black snake, lion, fish, turtle, crow or one of a myriad of animals can teach us without ennui settling in. ...more
Jun 25, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: folklore
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
Robert Sheppard

Folk tales, folk song, folk legend and and folk lore have been with us since time immemorial and inco
Mourya Biswas
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I learned so many things from ythis book, and yes this book is really superb.
Atimia Atimia
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title and description are slightly misleading if you expect everyday folk wisdom. Without spoiling anything, the work consists of five ''books'' that are narrations by a wise man (Visnusárman), trying to educate three young stupid princes in the art of governance and general social conduct. The stories are riddled with their own sub-stories and fables, making it a very diverse read.

Basically, at any given point, you could be reading a story about a Brahmin and his Mongoose, which a snake is
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
M Winter
I would have preferred growing up on these tales rather than the ones of Brothers Grimm.
Sep 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Indian stories whose authorship is generally attributed to Visnu Sarma in Sanscrit. Originally part of the Indian oral tradition these stories where compiled by Sarma as a means to educate a King's dolt sons in the art of good government. Generally believed to be the original source of Aesop's Fables the stories use animals as the main characters to make a point on how to govern.

These stories can be suitable for children as well as adults, and even though violent ends come to some of the charac
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-literary
In the preamble, the genesis of the book and its lasting influence is described. “With the aid of these tales, he instructed the princes. They too, learning through these stories, became in six months what Visnu Sarna had promised they would. Since then, this work on practical wisdom has become celebrated as an excellent means of awakening and training young minds.” (5) It is in this spirit that this great book of Sanskrit fables proceeds. Designed to train young minds, they are as a collection ...more
Aryan Prasad
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: acadmic, humour
MR Kale have given translation for selected hard passages only, forcing the reader to actually read the Sanskrit text rather than relying on translation.
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
lynne fireheart
Mar 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
This was a long read. Amusing, educational, and entertaining too.

The premise is simple: a King at wit's end about how to awaken the intelligence of his sons engages the services of Visnu Sarma, who proceed to educate the princes via tales, not unlike Aesop's fables.

What I enjoyed was how the stories were structured. Each of the five (panca) have a large frame within which many many MANY smaller tales appear. You'll have two characters in a situation, one wants to do something, the other either
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-shelf, 2020

Oh man. Okay so I did not like this. Here are my reasons:
1. The introduction alone is a huge turnoff as it is so unnecessarily long and convoluted.
2. The writing style and the verses it contains are just repetitive rather than poetic.
3. It is way too preachy which leads to the reader not actually retaining any of the lessons from the stories.
4. It is so anti-women. Like there are entire verses (upon verses) explicitly saying how women are horrible and deceitful and stupid e
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been a while since I've read this, but only now am I taking the time to review it. Panchatantra, credited to Vishnu Sharma, is a very comprehensive book on correct Indian practices during the 3rd century BCE through mostly fables. One of the best parts of this book is the sort of matryoshka-ish storytelling that delves deeper into itself while explaining those practices and really immerses the reader into an interesting experience of learning.

Besides that, another interesting aspect of i
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read and re-read and re-read this book while growing up. Had already known quite a few of the tales from the text-books, newspaper/magazines and listening as bed-time stories. They had tremendous impact on that kid in me.. and there it began.. my love for 'short stories'.
I was reading this book again 2-3 years back (the grown-up me), and realized I wasnt as thrilled as used to be.. it can be partly attributed to these were 'known by heart' tales and partially that I had grown up.
therefore cou
Digendra Sharma
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really interesting and amazing stories linked to each other witch makes this book more interesting to read.........and the best part is that every story in the book teaches a lesson for life to you in a nice way......geniously written for reader to feel that each story is written for his age group but the genious part is that the book is written irrespective of any age group ...incredible recommended to every age group.......:D
Sunitha Prabhu
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A king, worried that his three sons are not wise enough for this world of wile and guile, asks a learned man named Vishnu Sharman to teach them the ways of the world. Since his students were truly dim, Vishnu Sharman decides to pass on wisdom to them in the form of stories.

The Panchatantra tales have regaled children and adults alike with a moral at the end of every story for over two millennia. The stories have been translated into nearly every language in the world that has a script.
Stories I read:

The Foolish Friend.
Dharmabuddhi and Pâpabuddhi.
The Bullock's Balls.
The Gold-Giving Snake.
The Dog That Went Abroad.
The Brahman's Wife and the Mongoose.
The Fish That Were Too Clever.
The Two-Headed Weaver.
The Broken Pot.
The Enchanted Brahman's Son.
Barack Liu
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

253-Panchatantra-Group authors-Poem-200BC

- wisdom, however, the lack of decisive, which can only be sentimental; courage but not clever clever, no doubt, this is only large animal hair.

"Panchatantra" (Panchatantra), was created in India between 200 BC and 300 AD. It is an Indian collection of fairy tales of "Aesop's Fables" style. Although it is a fable, and the structure of the story is simple and clear, the witty words in it are plentiful and interesting to read.

John  Trident
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

As the name describes, Panchateertha is an onomatopoeia which derives from the process of onomastics based on a linguistic language called 'sanskrit.' It refers to the five pilgrimages which enables & helps the soul seek salvation, freedom from all the shackles of materialistic life. It also helps it to reach the destination of enlightenment where all the living beings long for eternal peace.

Cover is okay. I feel it could have been better designed. It doesn't integrate much with the
Jun 21, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The glossary was the most interesting part, I swear.
Some over the place, rambly, angry thoughts:
-I feel like I deserve a prize for finishing this book.
-don't, I repeat, DO NOT read it to your children. Don't read it at all, in fact.
-it's misogynistic as hell. I'm used to it, but it never fails to enrage me nonetheless.
-this is an ancient piece of lit containing dozens of fables that are, for the most part, boring, repetitive and no longer relevant. or maybe I just don't like reading fables, idk.
Carlee Cannon
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reminds me of Aesop's fables & other fairy tales, but with more complex and meaningful lessons woven throughout. ...more
Aryan Prasad
Dec 21, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, acadmic
This edition claims to be the most complete and those not contain the story which I needed for my exams (क्षपणककथा). I took this edition only because it was available freely on archive.org, will now switch to Panchatantra of Visnusarman by Kale, which is also available on archive.org AND contains all the stories.

Also, a note to book publishers, if you are deciding to publish a book of short stories, do consider adding an index.
die gho
Jul 18, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, fantasy, anthology
The Panchatantra is more than meet the eye. If you read the book, it is a group of fable like those of Aseop's fables. But their is a extra element. Each book (of which their are five) has a frame story. And it is my reading these frame stories that you find its biggest lesson. A meta-lesson on how story are used to trick, fabricate, and deceit.

Notice in the first book how the story is told by minister to trick the king and in the third to trick the owl king. So is what the book saying is not t
Bernie Gourley
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Panchatantra” is “Aesop’s Fables” meets Machiavelli’s “The Prince,” but with an Indian flavor. [I realize that the Panchatantra is much older than “The Prince” (though not as old as Aesop’s Fables -- at least not when comparing written editions) but I’d argue it’s still a useful tagline for general readers who aren’t particularly acquainted with Indian literature.] Like Aesop’s Fables, anthropomorphized animals make up the bulk of the cast in this set of stories within a story. Like “The Prince ...more
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