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King Vikram and the Vampire & The Wedding of the Mouse

King Vikram and the Vampire & The Wedding of the Mouse
Posted on: November 16, 2018

King Vikramaditya—often characterized as a virtuous king—was a legendary emperor who ruled ancient India, who was known for his generosity, courage, and patronage of scholars, and subsequently featured in hundreds of traditional Indian legends…

The Dwarf People - An Eskimo Folktale

The Dwarf People – An Eskimo Folktale
Posted on: October 16, 2018

Pik-mik-tal-ik was a large village in the Land of the Eskimo People, and this story is set in a time long before even the white people had discovered the land…

The Four Dragons - An Asian Folktale

The Four Dragons – An Asian Folktale
Posted on: September 28, 2018

During ancient times when there was only the Eastern Sea—then Earth had neither rivers nor lakes—there lived four dragons: Black Dragon, Long Dragon, Pearl Dragon, and Yellow Dragon. They generally lived in the sea, but one day they decided to fly up to the skies…

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.

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