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Indian Fairy Tales Kindle Edition
|Length: 184 pages|
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Stories included are:
The Lion and the Crane
How the Raja's Son Won the Princess Labam
The Broken Pot
The Magic Fiddle
The Cruel Crane Outwitted
The Tiger, the Brahman and the Jackel
The Soothsayer's Son
The Charmed Ring
The Talkative Tortoise
A Lac of Rupees for a Bit of Advice
The Gold-Giving Serpent
The Son of Seven Queens
A Lesson for Kings
Pride Goeth Before a Fall
The Ass in the Lion's Skin
The Farmer and the Money Lender
The Boy Who had a Moon on his Forehead...
The Prince and the Fakir
Why the Fish Laughed
The Demon with the Matted Hair
The Ivory City and its Fairy Princess
How Sun, Moon and Wind Went Out to Dinner
How the Wicked Sons were Duped
The Pigeon and the Crow
For more Indian tales you can also check out Deccan Nursery Tales or, Fairy Tales from the South or Hindu Tales from the Sanskrit, although they are both aimed slightly more towards an audience of children.
For example, the tale The Lion and the Crane is well-known. A lion was eating an animal when a bone got stuck in its throat. A crane offered to help if the lion promises not to eat it. The lion agrees. The crane protects itself by placing a stick in the lion's mouth to keep it open while he is inside the lion's mouth removing the bone. As soon as the crane removes the bone, it pushes out the stick and flies off to a high tree. Later, the crane asks the lion what the lion will give it for saving the lion's life. The lion responds that it already gave the crane a gift by not eating it. The Indian version ends by speaking about the transmigration of souls, a belief of many Indians. The lion and the crane were people in another life.
How the Raja's Son Won the Princess Labam is another example of a familiar tale, although known in the west under other names. A prince goes in search for a beautiful princess. While journeying, he takes out his food and finds an ant in it. He places it on the ground for other ants to come and finish it. The ant Raja arrives and tells him that since he fed the ants, if he needs help in the future all he need do is think of them and they will come to help him. He leaves and continues searching for the princess. He comes across a tiger with a thorn in its paw. He helps the tiger who tells the prince that if he needs help in the future, he should think of him, and he and his wife will come and help him. The prince continues his search and comes across four fakirs with four magic items: a bag that give food whenever it is requested to do so, a bowl that offers water, a bed that flies and can take the prince where he wants to go, and a stick that will beat any group that tries to harm him. He takes the four items from the fakirs. He uses the bed to go to the princess. He uses the bag and bowl for food and drink. He then uses the ants and tigers and the bed when the princess' father insists that he performs tasks before he will give up his daughter. The final fourth task that the father insists that he perform is one that none of his friends or magical items can help him with. But the princess tells him how to do the task. The story ends by stating that the two lived happily and never needed to use the magic stick.