| Indian Fables|
|by P. V. Ramaswami Raju|
|An appealing collection of more than a hundred Indian fables that are delightful as well as short, pithy, and ingenious. Each fable has its separate moral in prose or rhyme; these are often epigrams of the shrewdest kind, full of wit and subtlety. Most of these fables are likely to be new to the majority of readers. In the characters of animals the same rules are observed as in Western fables. As the symbol of strength, the lion (or, in one or two instances, the tiger) is king, the fox is the symbol of cunning, the bear of inert power, the wolf of ferocity, the owl of assumed wisdom, and so forth. Ages 7-10 |
THE CAMEL AND THE PIG
A CAMEL said, "Nothing like being tall!
look, how tall I am!"
A pig, who heard these words, said,
"Nothing like being short; look, how
short I am!"
The camel said, "Well, if I fail to prove
the truth of what I said, I shall give up
The pig said, "If I fail to prove the
truth of what I have said, I shall give up
 "Agreed!" said the camel.
"Just so!" said the pig.
They came to a garden, enclosed by a
low wall without any opening. The camel
stood on this side the wall, and reaching
the plants within by means of his long
neck, made a breakfast on them. Then
he turned jeeringly to the pig, who had
been standing at the bottom of the wall,
without even having a look at the good
things in the garden, and said, "Now,
would you be tall, or short?"
Next they came to a garden, enclosed
by a high wall, with a wicket gate at one
end. The pig entered by the gate, and,
after having eaten his fill of the vegetables
within, came out, laughing at the poor
camel, who had had to stay outside,
because he was too tall to enter the garden
by the gate, and said, "Now, would you
be tall, or short?"
Then they thought the matter over, and
came to the conclusion, that the camel
should keep his hump and the pig his
 snout, observing, "Tall is good, where tall
would do; of short, again, 'tis also true!"
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