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This Set consists of the following 6 Books:
1. The Comic Capers of Sheikh Chilli (9788176558471)
2. The Wisdom of Mulla Nasruddin (9788176555708)
3. The Merry Mischief of Gopal Bhand (9788176559591)
4. Birbal The Clever Courtier (9788176558150)
5. Kunhaayan The Clever and The Kings of Malabar (9788184772562)
6. The Wit of Tenali Raman (9788176556033)

 

The Comic Capers of Sheikh Chilli

Author: Anupa Lal
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788176558471

 

Introduction

Who was Sheikh Chilli? No one really knows, but stories about him have amused generations of readers both in India and Pakistan. He has been portrayed as a fool, a simpleton, who couldn't do anything right! And as an inveterate daydreamer, building castles in the air.

Born a sheikh, one of the four major Muslim sub-castes, Sheikh Chilli was the son of a poor widow. Little else is known about him, making it impossible to separate fact from fiction in the stories that feature him.

According to one account, he was born in Baluchistan, in Pakistan; moved to what is now Haryana worked for many years for the Nawab of Jhajjar, and died in kurukshetra, where the tomb of Sheikh Chilli can still be seen. It is said that in his later years, he became a fakir. The Chilli part of his name could refer to his having performed a cbilla, i.e. forty days of continuous prayer. Whether this account is historically accurate or not, is of course, debatable.

Sheikh Chilli may not have had the wit of Birbal of Tenali Rraman, two other comic characters well known in the subcontinent; but to see him in his childhood and youth, merely as an object of ridicule, would be doing and injustice to the complexity of his character.

Sheikh Chilli was an innocent, whose attempts to conform to the dictates of society might have been laughable, but they were, for the most part, well – meant. Devoid of envy or bitterness, guileless and helpful by nature, he was seldom cunning enough to be called a shirker. He was a daydreamer – yes, at odds with reality. But who does not often dream of better times ahead?

The fact that there is a bit of Sheikh Chilli in each of us, accounts, perhaps for his long standing popularity.

 

Contents

 

Introduction vii
A Tumbler of Oil 1
The Solidier 6
The Feverish Sickle 10
The Watermelon and the Thieves 15
Midnight Adventures 1 20
Midnight Adventures 2 26
The Nightmare 33
The Horse's Egg 37
The Kazi 1 42
The Kazi 2 49
Half of That 56
In the City 60
Visit to the in-laws 66
The Guest Who Would Not Leave 71
The Black Thread 76
The Courier 80
The Bottle of Oil 84
The Leopard 88
Chhotey Nawab and the Liar 91
The Capture 95

 

The Wisdom of Mulla Nasruddin

Author: Shahrukh Husain
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788176555708

 

Introduction

The mention of Mulla Nasruddin is often met with a smile. There are thousands of stories about the Mulla, retold by hundreds of people the world over. What makes them unique is that hidden inside the wit and the tomfoolery is true wisdom, if we take the trouble to look for it.

Who is this much – loved figure? Where does he come from? Is he a historical figure or is he fictional?

There are very few facts. The Arabs, Afghans, Greeks, Iranians and Turks all claim he is theirs. They all call him by local titles but mostly he is Mulla Nasruddin or Nasruddin Hoja-both titles mean 'teacher' or 'preacher'. He is believed to be a Sufi, who lived between1208-1284 and wandered the world. He had a great passion for truth and his simplicity was so extreme that he often appeared foolish.

Most people think he comes from Turkey, from Sivrihisar where the inhabitants are known to be a little strange or from Eshkishehir. The first written mention of him is said to appear in a manuscript dated 1480, called the Saltukname.

The facts don't really matter. Like all true folk heroes, he belongs to all of us. Stories about him have been passed around orally for seven hundred years. Like all stories that spread by word of mouth, they continually change to suit the moment, or the teller's purpose. The character changes, too acquiring the qualities of specific societies. For example, a wife or a parent may be added, another one removed. So we see the Mulla young and old; he is patient brave helpful or grumpy, mocking and greedy. His stories of society-poverty, snobbery, narrow mindedness and ignorance.

Whichever way you approach the Mulla's tales, they are sure to be enriching. And be sure to pass on your favourite ones to someone else.

 

Contents

 

Introduction v
The Heat of a Candle 1
Don't Do as I Say 9
Earthly Glory 12
Mind Who Sees You 15
What is Equal? 17
Who's the Fool? 20
The Uses of Wisdom 26
The Honourable Coat 31
Up and Down 35
Upholding the Law 39
The Greater Need 42
Where There is Light 46
Tricking the Mulla 48
The Fruit of the Tree 51
The End of the World 55
Let the Turban Speak 59
Strange Town, Strange Ways 61
Fair Exchange 64
The Eternal Duck 70
The Runaway Basket 77
New Clothes 81
Dying to keep 84
The Life of a Pot 88
The Rules of the Game 91
The Donkey's Load 94

 

Birbal The Clever Courtier

Author: Anupa Lal
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788176558150

 

Foreword

These stories are among the many featuring Birbal, who was one of the cleverest and perhaps the favourite courtier of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Although the various incidents related here may not actually have taken place in the India of the sixteenth century, these amusing and thought – provoking stories have entertained generation of listeners and readers.

They are a well – known and much loved part of Indian folklore, along with stories of other court jesters like Gopal Bhar and Tenali Raman.

 

Contents

 

Foreword vii
The Clever Courtier 1
The Six Fools 5
The Three Statues 11
Man versus Destiny 15
The Ride to Shivpuri 19
Hairless Palms 25
The Precious Relics 29
The Worth of a Beard 33
Hang my son-in-law 39
The III Omen 43
The Mango Tree 47
Shorten it 52
The Piece of Rope 56
The Tank of Milk 60
The Genuine Sanyasi 65
The Man Who Never Belched 71
The Test 75
Journey to Heaven 79
The Questions 89
The Two Merchants 89
The Green Horse 95

 

The Merry Mischief of Gopal Bhand

Author: Devika Rangachari
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788176559591

 

Contents

 

A Raised Royal Meal 1
A Sweet Dilemma 7
Measure the Earth, Count the Stars! 13
Fish and Frenzy 22
Cold Justice 28
A Dose of Advice 35
The Stick that Grew Small 40
The Mystery Scholar 45
An Unlucky face 50
Thief After Thief! 55
Prawns and a Tight Fist 61
Dreams and Flying Pots 69
Hair and a Bundle 74
What Lies Beneath the Earth? 79
Of Money and Other Bonds 85

 

Kunhaayan The Clever and The Kings of Malabar

Author: V.P. Muhammed
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788184772562

 

Contents

 

Introduction 1
Millet Porridge 8
Cock-a-doodle-doo 14
Off to Ponnaani! 24
Danger Averted – Cheap 31
The Barber 38
Finders Keepers! 45
A Dip in the Pond 53
The Gift Box 59
The Art of Water – Divination 67
Itch and Scratch! 74
Aele Maale Aele Maale 80

 

The Wit of Tenali Raman

Author: Devika Rangachari
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788176556033

 

Contents

 

Note on Tenali Raman vii
Two Boons 1
Going to Court 8
The Biter Bit 13
The Care of Horses 21
The Famous Fruit 27
The Art of the Painter 33
The One Who Never Yawned 38
A Bee in the Royal Bonnet 42
The Bindle of Wisdom 46
To wager a Head 51
Danger in the Garden 54
The Snake in the Grass 60
Of Mangoes and Rods 65
The Bridal Shoe 70
Well Water and Hot Water 75
Less or More 82
Food for Thought 88
The Old Man and the Seed 94

 

Sample Pages

The Comic Capers of Sheikh Chilli



The Wisdom of Mulla Nasruddin



Birbal The Clever Courtier



The Merry Mischief of Gopal Bhand



Kunhaayan The Clever and The Kings of Malabar



The Wit of Tenali Raman


Wise Men of The East (Set of 6 Books)

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This Set consists of the following 6 Books:
1. The Comic Capers of Sheikh Chilli (9788176558471)
2. The Wisdom of Mulla Nasruddin (9788176555708)
3. The Merry Mischief of Gopal Bhand (9788176559591)
4. Birbal The Clever Courtier (9788176558150)
5. Kunhaayan The Clever and The Kings of Malabar (9788184772562)
6. The Wit of Tenali Raman (9788176556033)

 

The Comic Capers of Sheikh Chilli

Author: Anupa Lal
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788176558471

 

Introduction

Who was Sheikh Chilli? No one really knows, but stories about him have amused generations of readers both in India and Pakistan. He has been portrayed as a fool, a simpleton, who couldn't do anything right! And as an inveterate daydreamer, building castles in the air.

Born a sheikh, one of the four major Muslim sub-castes, Sheikh Chilli was the son of a poor widow. Little else is known about him, making it impossible to separate fact from fiction in the stories that feature him.

According to one account, he was born in Baluchistan, in Pakistan; moved to what is now Haryana worked for many years for the Nawab of Jhajjar, and died in kurukshetra, where the tomb of Sheikh Chilli can still be seen. It is said that in his later years, he became a fakir. The Chilli part of his name could refer to his having performed a cbilla, i.e. forty days of continuous prayer. Whether this account is historically accurate or not, is of course, debatable.

Sheikh Chilli may not have had the wit of Birbal of Tenali Rraman, two other comic characters well known in the subcontinent; but to see him in his childhood and youth, merely as an object of ridicule, would be doing and injustice to the complexity of his character.

Sheikh Chilli was an innocent, whose attempts to conform to the dictates of society might have been laughable, but they were, for the most part, well – meant. Devoid of envy or bitterness, guileless and helpful by nature, he was seldom cunning enough to be called a shirker. He was a daydreamer – yes, at odds with reality. But who does not often dream of better times ahead?

The fact that there is a bit of Sheikh Chilli in each of us, accounts, perhaps for his long standing popularity.

 

Contents

 

Introduction vii
A Tumbler of Oil 1
The Solidier 6
The Feverish Sickle 10
The Watermelon and the Thieves 15
Midnight Adventures 1 20
Midnight Adventures 2 26
The Nightmare 33
The Horse's Egg 37
The Kazi 1 42
The Kazi 2 49
Half of That 56
In the City 60
Visit to the in-laws 66
The Guest Who Would Not Leave 71
The Black Thread 76
The Courier 80
The Bottle of Oil 84
The Leopard 88
Chhotey Nawab and the Liar 91
The Capture 95

 

The Wisdom of Mulla Nasruddin

Author: Shahrukh Husain
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788176555708

 

Introduction

The mention of Mulla Nasruddin is often met with a smile. There are thousands of stories about the Mulla, retold by hundreds of people the world over. What makes them unique is that hidden inside the wit and the tomfoolery is true wisdom, if we take the trouble to look for it.

Who is this much – loved figure? Where does he come from? Is he a historical figure or is he fictional?

There are very few facts. The Arabs, Afghans, Greeks, Iranians and Turks all claim he is theirs. They all call him by local titles but mostly he is Mulla Nasruddin or Nasruddin Hoja-both titles mean 'teacher' or 'preacher'. He is believed to be a Sufi, who lived between1208-1284 and wandered the world. He had a great passion for truth and his simplicity was so extreme that he often appeared foolish.

Most people think he comes from Turkey, from Sivrihisar where the inhabitants are known to be a little strange or from Eshkishehir. The first written mention of him is said to appear in a manuscript dated 1480, called the Saltukname.

The facts don't really matter. Like all true folk heroes, he belongs to all of us. Stories about him have been passed around orally for seven hundred years. Like all stories that spread by word of mouth, they continually change to suit the moment, or the teller's purpose. The character changes, too acquiring the qualities of specific societies. For example, a wife or a parent may be added, another one removed. So we see the Mulla young and old; he is patient brave helpful or grumpy, mocking and greedy. His stories of society-poverty, snobbery, narrow mindedness and ignorance.

Whichever way you approach the Mulla's tales, they are sure to be enriching. And be sure to pass on your favourite ones to someone else.

 

Contents

 

Introduction v
The Heat of a Candle 1
Don't Do as I Say 9
Earthly Glory 12
Mind Who Sees You 15
What is Equal? 17
Who's the Fool? 20
The Uses of Wisdom 26
The Honourable Coat 31
Up and Down 35
Upholding the Law 39
The Greater Need 42
Where There is Light 46
Tricking the Mulla 48
The Fruit of the Tree 51
The End of the World 55
Let the Turban Speak 59
Strange Town, Strange Ways 61
Fair Exchange 64
The Eternal Duck 70
The Runaway Basket 77
New Clothes 81
Dying to keep 84
The Life of a Pot 88
The Rules of the Game 91
The Donkey's Load 94

 

Birbal The Clever Courtier

Author: Anupa Lal
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788176558150

 

Foreword

These stories are among the many featuring Birbal, who was one of the cleverest and perhaps the favourite courtier of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Although the various incidents related here may not actually have taken place in the India of the sixteenth century, these amusing and thought – provoking stories have entertained generation of listeners and readers.

They are a well – known and much loved part of Indian folklore, along with stories of other court jesters like Gopal Bhar and Tenali Raman.

 

Contents

 

Foreword vii
The Clever Courtier 1
The Six Fools 5
The Three Statues 11
Man versus Destiny 15
The Ride to Shivpuri 19
Hairless Palms 25
The Precious Relics 29
The Worth of a Beard 33
Hang my son-in-law 39
The III Omen 43
The Mango Tree 47
Shorten it 52
The Piece of Rope 56
The Tank of Milk 60
The Genuine Sanyasi 65
The Man Who Never Belched 71
The Test 75
Journey to Heaven 79
The Questions 89
The Two Merchants 89
The Green Horse 95

 

The Merry Mischief of Gopal Bhand

Author: Devika Rangachari
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788176559591

 

Contents

 

A Raised Royal Meal 1
A Sweet Dilemma 7
Measure the Earth, Count the Stars! 13
Fish and Frenzy 22
Cold Justice 28
A Dose of Advice 35
The Stick that Grew Small 40
The Mystery Scholar 45
An Unlucky face 50
Thief After Thief! 55
Prawns and a Tight Fist 61
Dreams and Flying Pots 69
Hair and a Bundle 74
What Lies Beneath the Earth? 79
Of Money and Other Bonds 85

 

Kunhaayan The Clever and The Kings of Malabar

Author: V.P. Muhammed
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788184772562

 

Contents

 

Introduction 1
Millet Porridge 8
Cock-a-doodle-doo 14
Off to Ponnaani! 24
Danger Averted – Cheap 31
The Barber 38
Finders Keepers! 45
A Dip in the Pond 53
The Gift Box 59
The Art of Water – Divination 67
Itch and Scratch! 74
Aele Maale Aele Maale 80

 

The Wit of Tenali Raman

Author: Devika Rangachari
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788176556033

 

Contents

 

Note on Tenali Raman vii
Two Boons 1
Going to Court 8
The Biter Bit 13
The Care of Horses 21
The Famous Fruit 27
The Art of the Painter 33
The One Who Never Yawned 38
A Bee in the Royal Bonnet 42
The Bindle of Wisdom 46
To wager a Head 51
Danger in the Garden 54
The Snake in the Grass 60
Of Mangoes and Rods 65
The Bridal Shoe 70
Well Water and Hot Water 75
Less or More 82
Food for Thought 88
The Old Man and the Seed 94

 

Sample Pages

The Comic Capers of Sheikh Chilli



The Wisdom of Mulla Nasruddin



Birbal The Clever Courtier



The Merry Mischief of Gopal Bhand



Kunhaayan The Clever and The Kings of Malabar



The Wit of Tenali Raman


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