| 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 FAWN AND THE LITTLE TIGER
A FAWN met a little tiger and said, "What fine stripes
The little tiger said, "What fine spots you have!"
Then the fawn said, "It would be such a nice thing if you
and I were to live together as friends. We might then roam
 through the woods as we like, and be so happy!"
"I think so too," said the tiger.
The two joined hands, and went out for a long walk. It was
breakfast time. The fawn saw some fine grass in the lawn,
and said to himself, "One should first see his friend fed
and then feed." So he turned to the tiger and said, "Will
you have some of this fine grass for your breakfast?"
The tiger put his nose to the grass; but could not bring
himself to feed upon it, because it was against his nature;
so he replied, "I am so sorry, I cannot eat it!"
Then the fawn said, "Allow me to go home for one moment
and ask mamma for something that would suit you for
So the fawn went home and told the hind of the happy
friendship he had formed, and of all that had happened
The hind replied, "Child, how lucky it is that you have
come away! You must
 know the tiger is the most deadly enemy we have in the
At these words the fawn drew near to his dam and trembled.
The hind said, "It is indeed lucky to get away from the wicked
at the first hint!"
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