| 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 FOOLS AND THE DRUM
TWO fools heard a drum sounding, and
said to themselves, "There is some one
inside it who makes the noise."
So, watching a moment when the drummer
was out, they pierced a hole in each
side of it, and pushed their hands in.
Each felt the hand of the other within the
drum, and exclaimed, "I have caught
Then one said to the other, "Brother,
the fellow seems to be a stubborn knave;
come what will, we should not give in."
"Not an inch, brother," said the other.
 So they kept pulling each other's hand,
fancying it was the man in the drum.
The drummer came up, and finding them
in such an awkward plight, showed them
with his fist who the man in the drum
really was. But as his fine drum was
ruined, he said, with a sigh, "Alas! fools
have fancies with a triple wing!"
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