How Friends Are Parted
Tales from the Hitopadesha
Hitopadesha is a collection of ancient Sanskrit fables written by Narayana Pandit. It is dated around 11th or 12th century AD. The four stories chosen in this group have simple moral tales to tell. Lions, jackals, monkeys, cats, dogs and donkeys are protagonists who teach common sense lessons in how to judge for oneself; not to succumb to rumour-mongers; to mind one’s own business; and not to be greedy.