Storytelling is one of the oldest art forms known to mankind. It has stimulated imaginations and even built communities of tellers and listeners. Oral storytelling, particularly, is an ancient and intimate tradition between storytellers and listeners. Storytelling is also a social and cultural activity with substantial improvisation, theatrics and embellishment. Narratives have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, cultural preservation besides instilling moral values. However, very few stories have survived tradition and even fewer have made sense with passing time. Panchatantra, translated to “five strategies” in English, has always been an exception.
It has not just entertained and hailed the importance of morality, besides defining it, but has also educated people about the intricacies of life – relationships, particularly. The fact that these stories have survived at least 3,000 years – without patronage of any specific race, religion or sect, should speak vehemently about the timeless and time-tested wisdom embedded in it. However, a great many re-tellers of this story have often missed on many parts – Neetis, particularly. In this book author U. Mahesh Prabhu translates the original Sanskrit stories and maxim in its entirety in a way that which is not just entertaining but also enlightening on deep retrospection.
Udupi Mahesh Prabhu is a media, management & political consultant. He is a Founder-Director of Vedic Management Center and pens columns for Swiss Entrepreneurs Magazine as well as Business Goa. A fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland, London (UK) and member of the International Federation of Journalists(USA), he also holds a Masters in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing. He blogs at www.indiamahesh.com.