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Vyasa-katha : fables from the Mahabharata

By: Misra, Nityananda.
Contributor(s): Attri, Shivani [ill.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New Delhi Bloomsbury 2022Description: 450p.ISBN: 9789354355615.Subject(s): MahabharataDDC classification: 294.513 | M691v Summary: We have all read Aesop's fables, Jataka tales, and the Panchatantra or Hitopadesha stories. But what about the fables from the Mahabharata? We know about the human characters, but do we know about the clever jackal, the hypocrite swan, the smart mouse, the evil cat, the lazy camel, the arrogant tree, the faithful parrot or the astonishing mongoose in Vyasa's great epic? Vyasa-Katha presents fifty-one fables from the Mahabharata. These fascinating and instructive fables are a treasure-trove of practical and political wisdom, moral values, universal truths and philosophy. Animals, birds, reptiles, fish, insects, trees, rivers, directions, life forces, death and time intriguingly teach ancient Indian wisdom. With vivid descriptions and colourful expressions, the fables exemplify the advanced art of storytelling in ancient India. Author Nityananda Misra contextualises the fables and presents a faithful and unabridged translation. Carrying insights from Nilakantha's commentary and numerous Indian texts, with a beautiful collection of twenty-four illustrations, this is a must-read for children and adults alike.
List(s) this item appears in: New arrival October 09 to 15, 2023
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Books Books PK Kelkar Library, IIT Kanpur
General Stacks 294.513 M691v cop.1 (Browse shelf) Copy 1 Checked out to Nandini Nilakantan (E0512100) 25/03/2024 GB2770
Books Books PK Kelkar Library, IIT Kanpur
General Stacks 294.513 M691v cop.2 (Browse shelf) Copy 2 Checked out to PRATHAMESH DEEPAK LADHE (S22081100) 11/03/2024 GB2771
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We have all read Aesop's fables, Jataka tales, and the Panchatantra or Hitopadesha stories. But what about the fables from the Mahabharata? We know about the human characters, but do we know about the clever jackal, the hypocrite swan, the smart mouse, the evil cat, the lazy camel, the arrogant tree, the faithful parrot or the astonishing mongoose in Vyasa's great epic?

Vyasa-Katha presents fifty-one fables from the Mahabharata. These fascinating and instructive fables are a treasure-trove of practical and political wisdom, moral values, universal truths and philosophy. Animals, birds, reptiles, fish, insects, trees, rivers, directions, life forces, death and time intriguingly teach ancient Indian wisdom. With vivid descriptions and colourful expressions, the fables exemplify the advanced art of storytelling in ancient India.

Author Nityananda Misra contextualises the fables and presents a faithful and unabridged translation. Carrying insights from Nilakantha's commentary and numerous Indian texts, with a beautiful collection of twenty-four illustrations, this is a must-read for children and adults alike.

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