Hitopdesha Tales form an important part of Indian literature. Originally penned by Narayana Pandit, the origins of the tales are believed to be more than thousand years ago. Originally, Hitopdesha was written in Sanskrit, much like Panchatantra. However, over the years, the stories have been translated in English and many other languages.
The word Hitopdesha comes from two Sanskrit words - ‘Hit’ which means welfare and ‘Updesh’ which means advice. Thus, true to the title, the book has several short stories giving life lessons meant for welfare of all.
The book has short stories written in simple language that can be understood by all. In this book, you will find engaging tales such as the story of a crow who stole curd; the story of a lion who hired a cat in order to protect himself; the story of a donkey who tried hard to become a tiger; and the story of the doves who flew with a net in order to save themselves from a hunter.
The book has plenty of colourful illustrations, which makes it particularly appealing to a younger audience. Each story gives a moral lesson about life and how we must behave in our everyday life. Hitopdesha Tales has been published by Om Books International and is available for online shopping. The paperback edition of the book is listed with ISBN-10 reference number of 9381607729 and ISBN-13 reference number of 978-9381607725.