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The Panchatheertha (five pilgrimages) Part 1 is a facetious, satirical revision of sections 1 & 2 of The Panchatantra, the masterpiece Vishnu Sharma wrote between 1200 BCE to 300 CE. The stories are primarily about statecraft and full of wisdom and morals. Despite that, youngsters found them very entertaining. In the tales, animals act and speak on behalf of human beings. ...more
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Published November 22nd 2018
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Khyati Gautam
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You look at the cover and something catches your attention instantly, a tiger and two jackals and you would wonder what the heck is this all about. You read the title and that closely resembles your famous 'Panchatantra'. 'Panchatheertha' literally means five pilgrimage destinations. And so is this book, a journey to one such pilgrimage place. It is interesting to get an overview of the book with this.

The book kickstarts with the story of a King who is worried about his three dumb and less effic
Aryan Sarath
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Though I have read Panchatantra when I was a kid, I hardly could remember the stories now as I had read them more than 30 years ago. Now you might be roughly knowing my age :-) Having said that, though I felt the actual story was more focused and written for the kids but the new version I felt is apt for all ages.

What did I like about this book?

The stories talks in detail about various life events by stressing on morals but in an ironic way. This is a lengthy write-up and if you need to grasp al
Aditi Varma
Week 3 Book 5
Panchtheertha by Rajiv Mittal
Rating 3/5

I met the author on Facebook, on a common reading group, and it turned out we had the same Alma Mater! When he told me about his book, I was excited to read it, and what a journey it was!

Panchtheertha is a satirical take on the Panchatantra stories written by Vishnu Sharma aeons ago. The original collection of stories revolves around animals, and gave moral lessons. I remember it being an important part of my childhood, and I bought the exact s
Ruchi Patel
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned
⚫️When I picked up this book, I thought it would be more or less similar with the stories of Panchatantra. This book has really unique concept. Very different stories O have come across till now.
⚫️ I am always fascinated by thoughts and stories of animals speaking human language and socialise and live like humans. I really love reading stories in this concept and in this book what the author does with the characters and concept is really hilarious. I have never imagined so.
⚫️ Well written. Good
Ritika Chhabra
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I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The first book of The Panchatheertha collection is based on the original Panchatantra stories by Vishnu Sharma. As a kid, I used to adore those stories so it is no wonder that today, I picked up this book to read. This book is a satirical take on the original parts of the Panchatantra

Thus, loosely based around those stories, the book has a more or less "moral"-istic tone to
Swapna Peri
Book Title: The Panchateertha: Part -1
Author: Rajiv Mittal
Format: Kindle Book

Book Title:
The title of the book ' The Panchateertha: Part-1 ' resembles the name of the book by the great hermit Vishnu Sharma, the ever classic - ' The Panchatantra '. The word ' Panchateertha ' as it means five pilgrim places, the title suggests the book is about a pilgrimage. Whether it's an outside or inward journey the story has to explain it.

Book Cover:
The cover image of the book is a very poorly designed animate
Chitra Iyer
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Panchatheertha Part 1 by Rajiv Mittal is my third read by the author. I had immensely enjoyed Brahmahatya and so when I was asked to review his new release, I obviously was curious to find out what the author had in store and gladly accepted.

So, let me start by giving you all a short summary of the book and then we will get down to my opinion.


The book begins with King Amarasakti finding a proper teacher for his sons. Shiva Varma is asked to coach the three princes and begins by reciti
Aarohy Kapoor
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before saying anything about the book, what impressed me the most about it was its title. It caught my attention and gave me mythological vibes which made me quite curious about the book. And, since it had Part 1 written at its end, I was clear that it would be a long book that I would enjoy reading. The same happened and I enjoyed reading this book. I give it 4 stars out of 5 and here is my review to it.

The main plot of the story is clear with its title where pancha refers to five and theertha
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
ince I have joined ‘The world of Book reviewing’, I have hardly come across satirical books, which had me in stitches or they gave me food for thought.

Opening Lines: Once upon a time, King Amarasakti ruled the city-state of Mahilaropyam in the south of India.

The Panchatheertha Part 1, is a satirical take on Panchatantra. Panchatantra, which has been an important part of growing up. I, in fact still have a Hindi and English version of the copy with me.

30-40 pages in, and I knew that this book hel
John  Trident
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it

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
Vidhya Thakkar
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
The Panchatheertha Part 1 by Rajiv Mittal is divided into two parts. The loss of friends and gaining friends. There are several stories like The story of the blue jackal, The Lion and the Jackal.

Firstly I did not like the cover of the book. It could have been much much better. The title of the book ‘Panchatheertha’ meaning five pilgrimages is beautiful. The author tried to beautifully conceptualize the book.

The book has stories that deals with various emotions that we witness in our day to day l
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a kid, I was always fascinated by The Panchatantra stories. Sunday's used to be my favorite because I got to watch the Panchatantra show on the TV.

I have not read any stories from it. But when I read the blurb of this book I was very intrigued. I usually don't read big books in e-form, but this was an exception. And I must say in the very beginning that I loved it.

This book is a satirical revision of the Panchatantra book by Vishnu Sharma. There are five stories narrated in this book which gi
Solitude and  books
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is difficult to kill even a weak man who does not easily trust others but easy to kill a strong person who readily believes others...."
Author - Rajiv Mittal
Price - 249/- Pages - 352
This book is inspired by moral stories of Panchantra and carries the style of Anthropomorphism where animals exihibit human like traits in their behaviour, emotions and lifestyle.
Language is lucid yet has sprinkle of ornamentations here and there .
It is a witty and satirical take on the so calle
Anuya Patil
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book that proudly reintroduces us to our old folktales.
We are lucky that we have folktales like The Panchatantra that are part of our cultural heritage. Sadly, they have been forgotten, perhaps even deliberately ignored for too long. It is almost fashionable to consider them irrelevant, something we were forced to read in school, boring etc. I am now trying to understand why or how this happened. Well, perhaps I did know and preferred not to think about it while I was waxing eloquent about imp
Saswati Rath
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Panchatheertha is one of those exquisite books that leaves you in a state to ponder even after you finish the book. It isn't just another book of mythology but is a collection of five marvellous tales, you really can connect to on viewing with a perspective different.

What I liked -
1. The narration, of course. Free flowing and usage of simple language along with attractive phrases.
2. The about factor of the book is researched and not just presented vaguely.
3. The author hasn't messed up in a
Divya Malhotra
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An exhilarating journey into the ancient Panchatantra tales.
The humor and philosophy in this revised version of The Panchatantra should not be forgotten, at least until Rishi Shiv Varma’s reincarnation emerges to continue this thoughtful parampara ))
When I read the Panchatantra as a kid, I thought the disparate stories one after another were confusing and ultimately a bit tedious. In this version, the author or is it Rishi Shiv Varma or both? )), while remaining faithful to the original, have ma
Sana Shekh
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A connection to simpler times.

School friends who are with me as adults are friends I can trust. We grew up together in a simpler time without judging one another and without expectations from each other. Caste, religion, possessions, ego … all the destroyers of trust in adulthood – they just did not matter. The Panchatantra, in my childhood, was part of this simpler time. The Panchatheertha, this modern day version, talks about gaining and losing friends and therefore has a bittersweet connectio
Sayan Basak
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Panchatheertha or five pilgrimages is a book which tries to venture in seeking after what the soul desires we become pilgrims with no home but the path the soul would have us follow. The purpose of a pilgrimage is about setting aside a long period of time in which the only focus is to be the matters of the soul. Many believe a pilgrimage is about going away but it isn’t; it is about coming home. Those who choose to go on pilgrimage have already ventured away from themselves; and no
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A real treasure hunt for those with patience.
Rishi Vishnu Sharma would never have dreamt that his simple tales for children, The Panchatantra could have been given such a naughty upgrade. It was just chance that I have read the Sanskrit play Mṛcchakaṭika written over two thousand years ago by Śūdraka. The tongue-in-cheek tribute to it though Vasantasena and its other protagonists in the third story ‘The Rise and Fall of a Merchant’ can so easily be missed. There are several such hidden treasures
Diti Shah
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As the cover suggests, this is a love story with the main characters who are total opposites. Afterall, opposites attract, don't they?

The story which is total romantic then takes a real life twists which puts the reader on the edge keeping you wondering what next!? Good usage of vocabulary, simple English and free flowing narration makes this story a good read and enjoyable.
Sourav Chatterjee
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Two jackals, a lion, a bull, monkeys, birds and a menagerie of humans from kings to eunuchs to snake charmers to Sage Narada Muni – this is a madcap trip along the path carved originally by The Panchatantra which will have you falling off your chair with laughter. The first Hindi movie I know where adults behaved like kids and got away with it, making me and my whole generation laugh (even now as I remember) was Padosan. This book is in the same spirit. Just sit back and enjoy this crazy, whacky ...more
Wilson Anthony
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Important lessons about the meaning of real friendship

In this era of Facebook and social media where virtual ‘friends’ are so easily made, this treatise on what exactly is friendship is a wake- up call.
The Panchatantra stories are re-told with a lot of sarcasm and wit sugar-coating some very sobering truths, many of which we choose to ignore in our daily lives.
Shanu Shah
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was one Hilarious Story.. My cheeks and stomach were aching from the sarcasm and the sheer logic applied to the so relevent and old stories. Its a light read and i would definitely recommend to read for a laughter and to see the panchtantra stories from new angel..
Yogiraj Gaigole-Patil ( Anjaan )
Nowadays, most Indian Ebooks seem to be about faltu ka romance. This book is different and totally bindaas. Everyone in it is chalu or jugadu but in a fun way. Anytime you are feeling vela, just read it – you will laugh a lot particularly if you are a desi.
Ayush Ayush
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Panchatheertha Part 1 by Rajiv Mittal is a fantastic read based on some part of the classic folktale book 'The Panchatantra'. I loved this book because it threw me back into my schooldays as then I was more into reading folktales and fairytales. Reading this book, after such a long time is a refreshing experience. The stories are fun to read as full of sarcasm and satire and comedy. It is a well-written and well-edited book, and I have a hunch that Rajiv Mittal is a promising writer after re ...more
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Packing the "Panch..."...

A topical take on an all time classic,PANCHATANTRA, left me in splits and stitches. Each character was etched beautifully either as a hero or a villain as one would wish to see them in their own indeed needs an imaginative brain to string the stories into a seamless narration and Rajiv has excelled at it. Deeply philosophical cloaked in animal fables... if ever you have been prescribed medication for De- stressing-- read Panchatheertha 1.... You would be
Sudarshan Jagtap
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Vishnu Sharma’s reincarnation Shiva Varma has, in this redraft, revived the ancient Indian tradition of parampara (continuation of knowledge from one guru to the next). In his excitement, he forgot the younger age group of his shishyas (students). His characters now try to explain the motives for their actions, also express their feelings; something The Panchatantra had cleverly avoided doing. Within its pages, animals are still made to think and behave like human beings but have not othe
Gautam Sasidharan
The Panchatheertha is a contemporary version of Vishnu Sharma’s epic Panchathanthra. The stories, as in the original work, have animals and birds as the central characters. The book tries to annotate age old wisdom but with a more realistic and pragmatic approach.

The book starts off with the central story of a teacher who is assigned with teaching the three sons of a king. The rest of the book consists of the stories which the teacher narrates to the sons. The stories are allegorical and try to
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book Review by #LITEROMA PUBLISHING SERVICES :: "The Panchateertha (Part 1)" by Rajiv Mittal

** Thanks to the author for gifting us a Kindle copy of the book for review. **

** Thanks to our reviewer Reetwika Banerjee for reviewing the book on behalf of Literoma. **

As we all know, 'The Panchatantra' is one of the highest read Indian moral classics and most of us have grown up reading the stories either in plain cover or through pictorial depictions. And I still remember many of the lessons learnt
Geeta Nair
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Satirical gems that talk of gain and loss, ‘The Panchateertha Part 1’ has at its core characters from the world of humans? Nay! Here animals take center-stage, to enlighten mankind represented by the three dumb sons of King Amarasakti of Mahilaropyam in the south of India. What follows is a satirical take on modern day men and their ways in the form of short – stories. Though the characters that form a part of the stories are from the animal kingdom, the truth is that they represent each virtue, ...more
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