Author: S P SharmaPublisher: Unicorn Books/Pustak MahalYear: 2006Language: EnglishPages: 117ISBN/UPC (if available): 8178060728
Tales of legendary courtiers and jesters have delighted people for centuries. Through their wit, wisdom and humour, such men saved themselves and others, even their kings, from ticklish situations. This book covers five such legendary characters. In India, Birbal was the most famous wit and one of the nine jewels in Emperor Akbar’s court.MULLA NASRUDDIN is rated as one of the world’s most famous funsters and probably lived in ancient Turkey. A manof the masses, he did not enjoy musk royal Patronage.TENALI RAMA was a court jester during King Krishna Eva Raya’s reign in Vijayanagar. He gained the confidence of the king and the people for his unique style of tackling problems, besides his keen wit and humour.APPAJI RAO was King Krishnadeva Raya’s Chief Minister, who had the unique ability to unravel the truth underlying tricky situations, often humorously.MARYADA RAMAN was a judge during the reign of the Chola kings in south India, with an unerring instinct in meting out justice in cases where direct evidence was absent. Almost all tales in the book are humorous, with most containing ethical and moral principles.
TALES OF BIRBAL1. Chanting the Lord’s Name2. A Strange Punishment3. The Astrologer’s Prediction4. Akbar Vs God5. God is Omnipresent6. Her Most Precious Possession7. The Surprise Witness8. Identifying the King9. The Full Moon Vs. the New Moon10. Gold Over JusticeTALES OF MULLA NASRUDDIN11. No Shortcuts in Life12. The Unanswerable Question13. Useful and Useless Knowledge14. Mulla’s Black Dress15. Mulla’s Night Vision16. The Heavy Fall17. The Chicks and Their Grif18. Breach of Trust19. The Advance Warning20. The Secret of Happiness21. The Cow-and-Bull Tale22. The Backward Ride23. Mulla in Hiding24. Dealing with Hecklers25. The Bean Somersault26. Action and Reaction27. Mulla the SmugglerTALES OF TENALI RAMA28. Birth and Initiation29. The Court Jester30. The Rat Killer31. The Overpriced Cat32. The Brinjal Theif33. Tenali’s Street-smart Son34. Revenge on the Raj Guru35. How Rama Cheated Death36. The ‘Pious’ Parrots37. Even the King Cannot Be Trusted38. Tenali’s Cruel Stroke39. The Snobbish Horse40. Tenali’s Conditional ‘Donation’TALES OF APPAJI RAO41. Effects of the Environment42. Inner World Reflects the Outer One43. The Learned FoolsTALES OF MARYADA RAMAN 44. How Maryada Raman Caught Royal Attention45. The Cotton Merchants’ Cat46. The Woman Who Lied for Ghee47. The Gold Coins’ Dispute48. False Friend, False Witnesses49. The Lying Merchant50. The Elephant Muddle