Panchatantra stories are the oldest surviving fables from Ancient India
. These colourful stories from the Panchatantra have spread all over the world for centuries, especially as bedtime stories for kids. We present here, a list of our versions of 60 such popular short stories from the Panchatantra, in English
. Although dividing the Panchatantra into individual stories takes off the essence of its nested interludes, the following short stories include pictures and moral messages, especially for kids.
List of Panchatantra Stories:
Book 1: The Separation of Friends
Book 2: The Gaining of Friends
Book 3: Of Crows and Owls
Book 4: Loss of Gains
Book 5: Ill-Considered Actions
Note that the above Panchatantra stories cover most of the original stories contained in the Panchatantra, and include those found in some of the popular recensions and adaptations. However, there are some Indian fables found in many story books and on the internet which are promoted as tales from the Panchatantra, but there are no evidence of the stories being contained in the original Panchatantra, or its recensions. We have deliberately dropped such stories from this section.