India is like a grandmother. She is very old, and very wise. And she knows lots of stories. Big and clever books are not for all people, grandmother says. But all the wisdom that is in those books becomes easy to understand with those stories.
Those stories are folk stories. They are so old that nobody knows who first told them. They travel about from place to place and from country to country, and as they travel the details of story change. So the same story is found in different forms in different places. That is why folk stories never die.
India has many folk stories ; more than any other country. Some of these stories have been put together to make a book. And that book is so big that it has nineteen volumes. It is called Katha-sarit-sagar a name which simply means 'Rivers of Stories Forming an Ocean' !
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