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|Number of Pages||272 Pages|
Panchatantra is a collection of stories that tries to inculcate the ways in which one must conduct one’s life. This book is also known as a n?ti??stra due to its discourse on social and civic sense. Most of the stories, narrated by animals, deal with teaching three ignorant princes the ways of leading a fruitful life. This work contains five parts, which are Mitra-bheda: The Separation of Friends,Labdhapra???am: Loss Of Gains, Mitralabha: The Gaining of Friends, K?kol?k?yam: Of Crows and Owls, and Apar?k?itak?raka?: Ill-Considered Action/Rash deeds. The stories follow a Russian doll narrative. Each story contains a character, who towards the end of the story proceeds to narrate the next story. This collection is a literary source, which embodies the ancient oral and folk traditions of storytelling in India. The author was heavily influenced by Artha and Dharma sastras and these were quoted extensively in several of the stories. The morals of the stories deal with the themes of friendship, positivity, prosperity, security, and wise learning. The author had also taken some of the stories from the Mahabharata and the Buddhist Jataka tales. About Pandit Vishnu Sharma Pandit Vishnu Sharma was an Indian scholar and author who is most famously known for his collection of fables called the Panchatantra. His works are considered to be sources of non-religious teaching in India. The Panchatantra was translated into several languages such as Arabic, Greek, Italian, Spanish, and Old Slavonic, producing a global impact since ancient times. It is only in the prelude to the Panchatantra that the author has provided some of his details. However, scholars and critics have not been able to identify Vishnu Sharma as an actual historical author or a literary persona. He is said to have hailed from Kashmir and served in the court of King Sudarshan. His responsibility was to teach the king’s three sons the values and wisdom of life.