A collection of animal fables with a moral - the fore-runner of Aesop's fables (in fact, Aesop "borrowed" copiously from the tales). The stories were orally narrated by a poet-narrator Vishnu Sharma put down in writing in the 3rd to 2nd century BC by a Buddhist monk, Purnabhadra.
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Tradition ascribes this fabulous work to Visnu Sarma whose existence has not been conclusively established. Chandra Rajan, a noted Sanskrit scholar, has based her translation on the Purnabhadra recension (AD 1199). While remaining faithful to the original, she breathes new life into the stories, skilfully combining prose and verse to give us an eminently readable translation.
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