Author: Anant Pai
Illustrator: M Mohandas / Pradeep Satha / V B Halbe
Publisher: India Book House
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175082836
This special issue of Amar Chitra Katha comics draws further stories from the Panchatantra, believed to have been written around 200 BC. The stories featured in this issue are: Crows and Owls; The Dullard and Other Stories; and The Greedy Mother-in-law.
It is believed that the Panchatantra was written around 200 BC by Pandit Vishnu Sharma, a great Hindu scholar. But in all probability the tales themselves must be much older and some of them must be from the period of the Vedas and the Upanishads (1500 BC to 500BC).
The Panchatantra is woven around the frame of a tale about a king who entrusts his three dull sons to a learned man, Vishnu Sharma. The Brahmin takes them to his hermitage and there he recites specially composed tales, divided into Panchatantras or five systems, on how to deal with people.
There are several versions of the Panchatantra. "The Dullard and Other Stories" as well as "Panchatantra - The Greedy Mother-in-Law" in this special issue are derived from the version in Kannada by Durga Simha (12th Century AD).
Crows and Owls and other Stories
The Dullard and Other Stories
The Greedy Mother-in-Law