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Panchatantra: A Vivid Retelling of India's Most Famous Collection of Fables: Five Wise Lessons (Great Classics of India) Paperback – 1 Jan 2004

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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Torchlight Publishing,U.S. (1 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887089454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887089456
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,861,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Panchatantra, India's famous collection of fables has enthralled audiences for centuries. Full of humour, wit and wisdom, the tales combine artfully to convey basic life lessons. These fabulous stories, originally imported by a sage to three young princes, all illustrate that knowing how to use knowledge is more important than knowledge itself. The only non-scholarly version available, it is elegantly crafted and simple to read. Both younger readers and adults will enjoy this vivid retelling of Panchatantra.

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This is a wonderful re-telling of the timeless tales of wisdom!

Krishna Dharma's writing style is so fluid, enjoyable and easy to read.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a rich enjoyable book with lots of useful life wisdom along with it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The basics are in this book but more for young adults. 4 Jun 2009
By John J. Wright - Published on
Format: Paperback
I did not dislike this book but was wishing for a more complete translation. The basics of the tale are here but it is more a book for children or young adults. This I think was who the author intended the book for but this really is not stated when buying. If you have a younger child or teen then YES this book does offer some good moral tales. If your a adult and you are trying to study the classic Hindu text then I would look elsewhere. As for the author I have read some other of Dharma's works and they are very westernized versions. They keep your interest and you get the basics but he tends to either condense to much or pine to western style of thought. These are recommended for those just beginning there insights.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Indian fairy tale lessons 23 Nov 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I read this book as a young teen, and got this for my daughter. There are quite a lot of lessons of wisdom in this book. I'm not sure how much I like this particular translation/version of the panchatantra, but I do recommend these stories. My daughter is still a little young for them (she is 4), but I "edit" the parts I don't think she needs to hear (such as changing "ass" to "donkey") but she seems to like these stories already...
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Nice stories written in a very annoying manner. 15 Nov 2007
By C. Fernandes - Published on
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I was looking for a series of Amar Chitra classics that I remember reading when I was younger. And not being to find them anymore, I thought I'd try this book out.

The stories are similar to what I remember reading when I was young. But it is written in an irritating manner. You'll find one story encapsulating another story which encapsulates another story and then it folds backwards to finish the first story - many, many pages after it first began. And they do that again and again. So much so that it became burdensome to read this after a while.

What a pity, because the stories are nice. I just never remember it being told like this before. And with so many interjections of other stories inside stories. Still, given that it's hard to find nice stories of folklore from India, you might be hard pressed to find better books. But be warned about the irritating style in this book.
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