Indian fairy tales

Indian fairy tales

Peasie and Beansie

Once upon a time there were two sisters, who lived together; but while the elder, Beansie by name, was a hard quarrelsome creature, apt to disagree with everybody, Peasie, the younger, was soft and most agreeable. Now, one day, Peasie, who was for ever trying to please somebody, said to…

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Pride Goeth Before a Fall

In a certain village there lived ten cloth merchants, who always went about together. Once upon a time they had travelled far afield, and were returning home with a great deal of money which they had obtained by selling their wares. Now there happened to be a dense forest near…

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Prince Lionheart and His Three Friends

Once upon a time there lived a King and Queen who would have been as happy as the day was long had it not been for this one circumstance, — they had no children. At last an old fakîr, or devotee, coming to the palace, asked to see the Queen, and…

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Prince-Half-a-Son

Once upon a time there was a King who had no children, and this disappointment preyed so dreadfully upon his mind that he chose the dirtiest and most broken-down old bed he could find, and lay down on it in the beautiful palace gardens. There he lay, amid the flowers…

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Princess Aubergine

Once upon a time there lived a poor Brahman and his wife, so poor, that often they did not know whither to turn for a meal, and were reduced to wild herbs and roots for their dinner. Now one day, as the Brahman was gathering such herbs as he could…

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Princess Pepperina

A Bulbul once lived in a forest, and sang all day to her mate, till one morning she said, ‘Oh, dearest husband! you sing beautifully, but I should so like some nice green pepper to eat!’ The obedient bulbul at once flew off to find some, but though he flew…

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Punchkin

Once upon a time, there was a Raja who had seven beautiful daughters. They were all good girls; but the youngest, named Balna, was more clever than the rest. The Raja’s wife died when they were quite little children, so these seven poor Princesses were left with no mother to…

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Raja Rasalu

Once there lived a great Raja, whose name was Salabhan, and he had a Queen, by name Lona, who, though she wept and prayed at many a shrine, had never a child to gladden her eyes. After a long time, however, a son was promised to her. Queen Lona returned…

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Ranavirasing

Once upon a time in the town of Vañjaimânagar (an ancient Indian town), there ruled a king, named Śivâchâr. He was a most just king, and ruled so well that no stone thrown up fell down, no crow pecked at the new drawn milk, the lion and the bull drank…

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Retaliation

There is a proverb in Tamil̤ called Palikkuppali vâṅgukiradu which would best be translated by the expression “tit for tat,” and the following story I heard when a boy from my step-mother, illustrating that proverb, and I have of late found the same story also in the Trichinopoly districts. In…

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Sir Buzz

Once upon a time a soldier died, leaving a widow and one son. They were dreadfully poor, and at last matters became so bad that they had nothing left in the house to eat. “Mother,” said the son, “give me four shillings, and I will go seek my fortune in…

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Sun, Moon and Wind Go out to Dinner

One day Sun, Moon, and Wind went out to dine with their uncle and aunts Thunder and Lightning. Their mother (one of the most distant Stars you see far up in the sky) waited alone for her children’s return. Now both Sun and Wind were greedy and selfish. They enjoyed…

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The Ass in the Lion’s Skin

At the same time, when Brahma-datta was reigning in Benares, the future Buddha was born one of a peasant family; and when he grew up, he gained his living by tilling the ground. At that time a hawker used to go from place to place, trafficking in goods carried by…

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The Barber’s Clever Wife

Once upon a time there lived a barber, who was such a poor silly creature that he couldn’t even ply his trade decently, but snipped off his customers’ ears instead of their hair, and cut their throats instead of shaving them. So of course he grew poorer every day, till…

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The Bear’s Bad Bargain

Once upon a time, a very old woodman lived with his very old wife in a tiny hut close to the orchard of a rich man,—so close that the boughs of a pear-tree hung right over the cottage yard. Now it was agreed between the rich man and the woodman, that…

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The Beetle and the Silken Thread

Chapter I The strange adventures related in the story of the Beetle and the Silken Thread took place in the town of Allahabad, “the City of God,” so called because it is situated near the point of meeting of the two sacred rivers of India, the Ganges, which the Hindus…

Indian fairy tales

The Beggar and the Five Muffins

In a certain village there lived a poor beggar and his wife. The man used to go out every morning with a clean vessel in his hand, return home with rice enough for the day’s meal, and thus they lived on in extreme poverty. One day a poor Mádhava Brâhmiṇ…

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