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Indian Fables by  Ramaswami Raju
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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
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IN the good old days a gentleman in the East one day missed his dog. He sent for his sedan bearers, and asked them to go in quest of it.

They said, "We are not here to seek for your dog, but simply to bear your sedan."

"You are perfectly right," said the gentleman, "so I shall go in quest of the dog; bring up the sedan at once." The gentleman got into his sedan, and the men [119] had to take him over hill and dale till they were quite tired. They then said with one voice, "Sir, we beg of you ta stop; we can hardly stand on our legs any more. If you wish to seek for the dog farther, we shall go in quest of it."

"Do so," said the gentleman, smiling, and walked home.

"Alas," said the men as they sat down under a tree to rest their weary limbs, "often mending is but marring"

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