- Paperback: 520 pages
- Publisher: Penguin India (26 July 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0144000717
- ISBN-13: 978-0144000715
- Package Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Panchatantra Paperback – 26 Jul 2005
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About the Author
Vishnu Sharma was an author and Indian scholar and author. It is a widely accepted belief that he wrote the Panchatantra, which makes him one of the most widely translated non-religious authors in history.
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Not satisfied with the fact that the character names have been changes to make native English readers comfortable.
Other better options are available in market.
Not going to buy anymore Penguin-India books.
The book reached Arabia sometimes in the fifth century AD, and then later it reached Europe, where it is believed to have led to development of Aesop's fables. It is difficult to judge how it has affected these societies, but in India it has had tremendous impact, which continues to this day. Its lessons are alive and well even today, and almost every child will know at least one story from Panchatantra.
The present translation from the original Sanskrit is good one, though it appears to have been condensed at many places, with many critcal comments left out. If you want a more faithful translation, you may look in Penguin Classics where it has been published as 'Pancatantra', translated by Chandra Rajan, and offers an excellent introduction to boot.
However, Sanskrit and English are two very different languages in their orientation (though they belong to the same family). As a result, the translation of many ideas suffers. Also, some of the particularly interesting comments have been left out altogether. So if you know Hindi or Sanskrit, then you should try and buy the Panchatantram in Sanskrit/ Hindi (published by Motilal Banarasi Das of Delhi).
Even so, going through this book may open up another world for you, particularly if you were not brought up in India. It will change your perspective on many ordinary things and challenges that you face in everyday life. There are stories which teach you how to recognise deceit, fraud, cheating, make friends, cooperate with people, and generally get on with life. And there are arguments over particular positions that the protagonist takes, so that you get to see both points of view. You would also find this book particularly useful if you are dealing with Indians in business or in diplomacy, just as Western audiences have found the Art of War (Sun Tzu) to be a fascinating insight into the Chinese mind.
As the stories are built around animals, many people mistake these for nursery stories or for fables. This is not correct. Panchatantra is as relevant for adults as it is for teenagers. In fact some of the stories involving adults are not appropriate for young children (<13 years).
All in all, an excellent book for your own enjoyment or as a gift to a young or old friend.
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