Through a masterful blend of commentary, dialogue and illustration, Amar Chitra Katha presents
complex historical facts and intricate mythology in a format that would appeal to children. They
not only entertain, but also provide a fitting introduction to the culture heritage of India. In
a country so vast and varied, the series also serves as a medium for national integration, by
introduction young readers to the rich culture diversity of the country and highlighting the
achievements of local heroes.
The Jataka tales are based on the ballads, legends and folklore of ancient India. A definite date
cannot be assigned to the Jataka stories. Taking into account archaeological and literary
evidence, it seems likely that were complied in the period between the 3rd century BC and 5th
century AD. The Jataka tales provide invaluable information about ancient Indian civilisation,
culture and philosophy.
This Amar Chitra Katha contains three stories. The Mouse Merchant' Provides a lesson in patience,
perseverance and ingenuity, where a poor young man makes his fortune with rat. 'The Invaluable
Treasure' is a charming tale about a destitute water-carrier who earns half a kingdom. The 'The
Right Moment' is a quick test of wit.
The Giant and the Dwarf narrates a tale of wit versus might, and brain versus braw, and also
provides a lesson in humility and gratitude. The Mouse Merchant contains three stories teaching
patience, perseverance and ingenuity, the last of which is exemplified in a tale where a poor
young man makes his fortune with a dead rat. The Invaluable Treasure is a charming tale about a
destitute water-carrier who earns half a kingdom. The Right Moment is a quick test of wit.
The demerits of greed, pride and blind faith are narrated in the short and simple tales of The
Magic Chant. The Priceless Gem presents the second set of the tales connected with Aushadha
Kumar, a Bodhisattva, and contain his adventures in the court of Mithila.
Tales of Misers contains three stories. The first two deal with miserly men who learn lessons in
generosity and kind-heartedness by small miracles. The last story is that of a poor Brahmin who
uses a quick trick to change the opinions people have of him.
The Jataka tales are based on the ballads, legend and folklore of ancient India, and provide
interesting insights into the civilisation, culture and philosophy of that time.
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