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The Man Who Never Lied - An African Folktale

The Man Who Never Lied – An African Folktale
Posted on: August 29, 2018

It is ideal to be truthful, even under unfavourable circumstances, and face due consequences boldly, rather than lie to escape, or try to alter consequences to one’s advantage. To lie is a bane, and there are two sides to the act of lying…

The Pigeons and the Bird-Catcher

The Pigeons and the Bird-Catcher
Posted on: August 16, 2018

Once upon a time, deep in the jungles of the Western Ghats, there lived two pigeons—a husband and a wife—named Sameer and Pāyal. They were the perfect pair, just as suitably as they were named. Sameer meant “breeze” and Pāyal meant “anklet”—the breeze that carries the melodious jingles of the anklet…

The Farmer and the Money-lender

The Farmer and the Money-lender
Posted on: July 26, 2018

This is the story of a poor farmer who borrows money from a wealthy money-lender—a game-of-the-fates tale in which both protagonist and antagonist take turns getting the better of each other. One of them finally triumphs, with irony lending an unpredictable end to this story…

Origin of the Panchatantra: A Fascinating Story in Itself - Part 2

Origin of the Panchatantra: A Fascinating Story in Itself – Part 2
Posted on: February 14, 2018

After Vishnu Sharma had finished talking to the princes he sent them away and promised the king that he need not despair anymore and that he would personally undertake the task of teaching the princes all they needed to know and that too in just six months…

Origin of the Panchatantra: A Fascinating Story in Itself - Part 1

Origin of the Panchatantra: A Fascinating Story in Itself – Part 1
Posted on: January 23, 2018

This is a typical story-of-how-a-story-happened that begins with “A long time ago in a land far, far away…”

The Sea-Maiden and The Laidly Beast - Part 3

The Sea-Maiden and The Laidly Beast – Part 3
Posted on: August 26, 2011

The princess stared in disbelief as the monstrous head entered her field of vision in slow-motion and crashed into the side of the knoll. Stray drops of monster blood pelted her face, bringing her sharply out of her reverie and she saw the herd standing beside her, his lips splitting into a warm, reassuring smile. Then he looked skywards and so did the princess. They were seeing a falcon, clutching an enormous sword in its claws, gliding gracefully towards them.

The Sea-Maiden and The Laidly Beast - Part 2

The Sea-Maiden and The Laidly Beast – Part 2
Posted on: August 26, 2011

The giant’s evil-bladed sword had smacked into an wooden door which now lay in splinters, completely busted by the force of the sword’s flight. The young herd had walked into the park of trees and going yonder, had found the giant’s sword and the splintered door.

The Sea-Maiden and The Laidly Beast - Part 1

The Sea-Maiden and The Laidly Beast – Part 1
Posted on: August 19, 2011

In a small village in Scotland, there lived a poor fisherman whose living was by selling fish he caught in a nearby loch. The loch was a protected bay or rather a lake, formed by a narrow arm of the sea. It was a beautiful sight to behold, oh yes it was, the sparkling, crystal-blue lake, set in the midst of a splendid rocky basin. The fisherman was getting old and so was his luck.

The Story Of Two Sisters Who Were Jealous Of Their Younger Sister - Part IV

The Story Of Two Sisters Who Were Jealous Of Their Younger Sister – Part IV
Posted on: August 10, 2011

The princess was as well-trained in the art of riding as any other, male or female, and made quick progress, the first twenty days. Eventually, she met the dervish and sought his help in securing the objects of her quest.

The Story Of Two Sisters Who Were Jealous Of Their Younger Sister - Part III

The Story Of Two Sisters Who Were Jealous Of Their Younger Sister – Part III
Posted on: August 10, 2011

Prince Bahman rode in silence. He was going over what his sister had told him about the three elements she coveted so much.

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