The Panćatantra

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Chandra Rajan
Penguin Books India, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 453 pages
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The Panchatantra Is One Of The Earliest Books Of Fables And Its Influence Can Be Seen In The Arabian Nights, The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales And Most Notably In The Fables Of La Fontaine&

Tradition Ascribes This Fabulous Work To Visnu Sarma Whose Existence Has Not Been Conclusively Established. Faced With The Challenge Of Educating Three Unlettered Princes, To Awaken Their Intelligence, Visnu Sarma Evolved A Unique Pedagogy For His Aim Was To Teach The Princes How To Think, Not What To Think And It Was Thus That These Entertaining And Edifying Stories Came To Be Composed.

The Panchatantra Started Travelling From The Land Of Its Origin Before Ad 570, As A Version In Pehelvi. Since Then More Than 200 Versions Have Been Executed In More Than Fifty Languages.

Chandra Rajan, A Noted Sanskrit Scholar, Has Based Her Translation On The Purnabhadra Recension (Ad 1199). While Remaining Faithful To The Original, She Breathes New Life Into The Stories, Skilfully Combining Prose And Verse To Give Us An Eminently Readable Translation.

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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 ... Read full review

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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. Read full review


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Visnu Sarma is thought to have been a celebrated teacher who, at the age of eighty, composed the stories of "The Pancatantra" to educate three idle princes in the art of governance.
Chandra Rajan studied English and Sanskrit at St. Stephens College, Delhi, and has taught English at Delhi University and the University of Western Ontario.

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