The Mice that ate Iron

There was once a rich merchant named Naduk who had lost all his wealth. He thought to himself that he should not live here as a poor man since people who respected him once, would now look down upon him. He decided to go abroad to seek his fortunes. To finance his travels, he pawned a 1000-pound iron balance that his ancestors had left behind, with a local merchant, Lakshman. After several years...
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The Two Friends

Once upon a time there lived two friends named Dharmabuddhi and Papabuddhi. These two travelled to another country far away in order to earn money. When they had saved a thousand gold coins, they decided to return home, since their objective was attained. When they drew near their native city, Dharmabuddhi said: “My good friend, half of our savings belong to you. Please take your share, so that,...
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The Foolish Crane and The Mongoose

A flock of cranes once had their nests on a fig tree in a part of a forest. In the hollow of the same tree lived a cobra that used to feed on the eggs and crane chicks before their wings sprouted. At last mother crane, in utter woe at seeing her young ones eaten by the cobra, went to the shore of the pond, and began to weep. And a crab who noticed her in sorrow, said: “Madam, why are you so...
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The Lion and The Carpenter

In a faraway city, there lived a carpenter. He had a practice of carrying his lunch and go with his wife into the forest to cut great logs. In that forest lived a lion named Nirmal, accompanied by two carnivorous friends, a jackal and a crow. One day the lion was roaming the woods alone and encountered the carpenter. The carpenter coming face to face with the lion was shocked. He thought that he...
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The Trusting Camel

Once a merchant was leading a caravan of a hundred camels loaded with valuable cloth. Not able to bear all the load, one of his camels, named Kradanaka, fell limp. Moved by his plight, the merchant divided his load and distributed it on other camels. But since he found himself in a wild forest region where delay was impossible, he proceeded, leaving Kradanaka behind. When the caravan was gone,...
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The Fall & Rise of Merchant Dantila

In the city of Vardhaman, there lived a wealthy merchant named Dantila. He directed the whole administration for the king and artfully handled everything to the satisfaction of royalty as well as common populace. He once organized a lavish reception for his daughter’s wedding ceremony which was attended by the king, the queen, their ministers and all the rich and influential people in the city....
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