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Panchatantra Tales

The original Sanskrit text of "Panchatantra" was written by Pandit Vishu Sharma around 200 BC, and contained a collection of popular tales. Each of these stories has a moral that continues to be relevant to this day. Here are some such tales as retold by Maude Barrows Dutton in "The Tortoise and the Geese and Other Fables of Bidpai" (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1908)

The Merchant and his Iron
This tale from the Panchatantra about two friends show us that 'Tit for Tat' is sometimes the best way to teach a lesson.

The Carpenter and the Ape
This tale from the Panchatantra is about a mischievous monkey whose stupidity leads him to punishment. The moral: Do not meddle with things that don't concern you.

The Crane and the Crab
This tale from the Panchatantra is about a cunning crane who befriends a crab only to eat him, and how the crane's greed brings her to her end. The moral: One may smile and smile, and yet be a villain.

The Lion and the Hare
This tale from the Panchatantra is about the hare and the lion, and how the cleverness of the hare saves him from being eaten by the lion. The moral: Nothing is impossible for the wise.

The Tortoise and the Geese
This tale from the Panchatantra is about a tortoise and two geese that lived together in a pond for many years. The talkative tortoise meets his end because of his garrulousness. The moral: Silence is Golden.

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