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KALILA AND DIMNA Selected Fables of Bidpai

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Once upon a time a powerful young king called Dabschelim ruled over India One day he came upon a hidden treasure from a long dead king With it was a letter addressed to him How had the letter come to be there And what did it mean To solve the mystery Dabschelim summoned the wisest man in his kingdom Dr Bidpai to his side And so began the tales of Kalila and Dimna In all the storytelling collections from India it is the secular animal fables fou These books feel so very startingly modern But not in that jarring what is the translator trying here way but in the sense of feeling connected to some fundamentals of humanity through millennia Much less atomised than the Aesops Fables derivatives I was familiar with these characters argue and roll their metaphorical eyes at each other battling for perspective and some kind of way to live life using story to understand experience than as simple metaphorThe stories are very nested testing modern memories used to relying on written words and now omnipresent internet rather than the discipline of oral based societal memory making The nested nature is a wonderful commentary itself on the power of storytelling drawing the reader in to a process as a new layer adding to the various existing layers For the characters in Kalila and Dimna the fourth wall is of a window they exist in a world where all experience is a story that will be retold and examined as necessary by various audiences An audience for this week including an audience of children will feel themselves to be part of this continuum their own experiences worth examining and thinking aboutThis was perhaps the most surprising aspect of the book for me that it was less a series of lessons and an approach to an examined life The characters solve dilemmas by listening to experiences and then debating and applying what that means for them Kalila and Dimna themselves for example differ greatly in their conclusions from their own choices of stories and what they mean We see the evil that comes from Dimna's approach but also the self gain and the emotional peace but perhaps naivety of Kalila's approach The reader can make up their own mind about conclusions to much of this but the process of thinking it through is the pointLoved the translation which clearly went for modern examples without being over the top or referencing pop culture but also didn't heavily remind you that this was based in millenia ago or make an audience look up what a caravanserai was etc Obviously not a scholarly edition but one designed to transmit culture in a way that fits the popular audience for thisJust one strong criticism of the edition the choice to feature uotes relating to views of Kalila and Dimna and the culture that produced it to start chapters needed some context The fact that several of the uotes featured were racist Islamaphobic or just stupid may have relied on the audience's intelligence to reject but was just distracting and mildly infuriating I'm guessing the author's wanted to make a comment about our changing perceptions but instead it just came across as trivialising the whole Informal Work Talks and Teachings young king called Dabschelim ruled over India One day he came upon a hidden treasure from a long dead king With it was a letter addressed to him How had the letter come to be there And what did it mean To solve the mystery Dabschelim summoned the wisest man in his kingdom Dr Bidpai to his side And so began the tales of Kalila and Dimna In all the storytelling collections from India it is the secular animal fables fou These books feel so very startingly modern But not in that jarring what is the translator trying here way but in the sense of feeling connected to some fundamentals of humanity through millennia Much less atomised than the Aesops Fables derivatives I was familiar with these characters argue and roll their metaphorical eyes at each other battling for perspective and some kind of way to live life using story to understand experience than as simple metaphorThe stories are very nested testing modern memories used to relying on written words and now omnipresent internet rather than the discipline of oral based societal memory making The nested nature is a wonderful commentary itself on the power of storytelling drawing the reader in to a process as a new layer adding to the various existing layers For the characters in Kalila and Dimna the fourth wall is of a window they exist in a world where all experience is a story that will be retold and examined as necessary by various audiences An audience for this week including an audience of children will feel themselves to be part of this continuum their own experiences worth examining and thinking aboutThis was perhaps the most surprising aspect of the book for me that it was less a series of lessons and an approach to an examined life The characters solve dilemmas by listening to experiences and then debating and applying what that means for them Kalila and Dimna themselves for example differ greatly in their conclusions from their own choices of stories and what they mean We see the evil that comes from Dimna's approach but also the self gain and the emotional peace but perhaps naivety of Kalila's approach The reader can make up their own mind about conclusions to much of this but the process of thinking it through is the pointLoved the translation which clearly went for modern examples without being over the top or referencing pop culture but also didn't heavily remind Understanding Soccer Tactics you that this was based in millenia ago or make an audience look up what a caravanserai was etc Obviously not a scholarly edition but one designed to transmit culture in a way that fits the popular audience for thisJust one strong criticism of the edition the choice to feature uotes relating to views of Kalila and Dimna and the culture that produced it to start chapters needed some context The fact that several of the uotes featured were racist Islamaphobic or just stupid may have relied on the audience's intelligence to reject but was just distracting and mildly infuriating I'm guessing the author's wanted to make a comment about our changing perceptions but instead it just came across as trivialising the whole

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Ed in Spanish Hebrew Greek Latin Italian French and English versions Even Aesop includes a few in his famous collection Ramsay Wood’s delightful retelling of The Pancatantra not only modernises the ancient fables but uses all the main versions from the Sanskrit to the Persian and Arabic and even the early English Written with great colour style and panache and beautifully illustrated it makes the perfect introduction to a global Indian classi I thought Kalila and Dimna was very well written and the fables were entertaining yet rich in knowledge and abstract policy advising However the most fascinating feature of the book was in my opinion how the author narrates stories within stories One fable takes you into another story and sometimes that story takes you even deeper into another fable until they are all told and the reader is drawn back into the original taleWood's use of this very interesting literal tool keeps the reader in suspense throughout the book I cannot wait to read volume 2

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Nd in the The Pancatantra and its Buddhist inspiration The Jataka Tales that have travelled the furthest and influenced world literature the most These stories spawned eually famous classics in both Arabic and Persian indeed the oldest surviving manuscript of The Pancatantra stories is Kalila and Dimna an Arabic derivative of the lost Sanskrit original From the Persian and Arab world these fables migrated to Europe and by the 16th century exist In the old fashioned tradition of storytelling Kalila and Dimna cloak sly morals in the trappings of children’s stories with animals taking the place of their human counterparts Aesop clearly based his fables on a lot of these stories and one or two seem very familiar While these tales do meander on with some of the creatures stopping their own story to tell another they always come back to the main point Rich in local color and detail their ethical lessons are easy to swallow and yet have valid points even applicable to modern day problemsI found these stories deeply affecting and managed to finish them in a very short time In spite of their nature they don’t come off as puerile or mere stories for children As the wise man stated to the king in the end these stories are medicine and need to work a while on the listener Thus they work best over time and are worth coming back to whenever you find yourself in a difficult situation

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