Saturday, February 16, 2008

ACK-003:Hitopadesha

3rd ACK in the series is presented hereby.'Hitopadesha' or 'sermons for welfare' is a collection of wise tales narrated using animals as symbols,'Jatak Kathayein','Panchtantra' and 'Hitopdesha' were among my favorites during childhood and i was fascinated by reading the stories in which animals were central characters,my little mind was able to grasp very quickly the moral given through these stories.
Choosing the medium of animals for delivering the moral of story to children is indeed a very impressive and successful idea.Our indigenous literature and books are full of wisdom but we are reluctant to read and harness from them.
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Hitopadesha (Good Counsel) is an 11-12th century Sanskrit collection of stories in four chapters instead of five in the Panchatantra on which it is based. Each chapter contains a string of stories, one emerging from the other, with each designed to render counsel on ethical worldly-wise conduct. The characters are living beings including humans and animals in the wild. The latter too are endowed with the reason and emotions of human beings. Thereby they come to represent types of human nature and behavior and one can draw morals from the stories.
In this collection, a tiger finds a gold bangle with which he allures a traveler to cross the river; stuck in mire, the greedy man falls easy prey to the tiger.In another story, a jackal feigns friendship with a deer who despite warnings from a wise crow joins the jackal and meets with a tragedy. An old blind vulture is offered shelter by birds in the hollow of a tree.He protects their fledglings. A cat pleads for living with them and the vulture agrees. The cat finishes the fledglings one by one and goes away. The birds suspecting the vulture kill him. Moral: Do not give shelter to the unknown. This collection is treasure house of such stories.

[Introduction:courtesy TPH]







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22 comments:

Grouchy's Comics said...

Thanks for this. These tales were my favorite too. Yes the idea of instilling morals using animals is a terrific and perhaps unique to our culture.

Purvesh said...

Thank You for posting such acks. All these are my favourite. I grew up reading tales of hitopadesh, panchatantra, jataka katha .....
They created lasting effect on my mind when i was a child. Keep doing such a gud work.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for such a classic!! Can I request something Hindi please :)

comic.crazy said...

Thanks CW,

Didn't expect this to be posted so soon! This was my most favourite... which still lingers in my mind after sooooo many years!!

comicrazee

Ridhima said...

Thank you.....

Comic World said...

GC: Thanks Pattu,your consistency towards all blogs is amazing.We are proud to have such a active and cooperative visitor like you.

Comic World said...

Purvesh: Welcome Purvesh,we all have similar experiences like you.
Anon: Sure,Hindi one will also be coming here.Keep visiting along with your named inputs.

Comic World said...

C.C: Welcome CC,we are happy that we are successful in vibrating some of your memory chords.

Comic World said...

Ridhima: Welcome Ridhima,hoping to see you regular here.

Deb said...

Thanks, guys. I loved these when I was in school. Hoping to find Panchatantra & Jatak Kathayen in future. Keep it up!

The Phantom Head said...

This is a nice post. Panchantra is a beautiful source of knowledge for children in interesting story form. (Most Hitopadesh stories are taken from Panchatantra).I enjoyed it in book form too.

One think I noticed in illustrations by Jeffrey Fowler. They look extremely influenced by Uderzo's Asterix artwork. Sometimes similarity is so much that I suspected a copy.

None the less, the comic is great and obviously the price tag of Rs 2.50 makes it nostalgic as well.

Comic World said...

Deb: Sure Deb you will find much more here,keep coming along with your inputs.

bahadur said...

CW.....great post,keep it up.
ACK's have been a great source of knowledge,thanks for sharing them with us.
You,ICC and TPH have made it a day for many,really.This blog is a fruit of innovation, bigger achievements will follow.Great effort,keep it up.

ridhima said...

new updates plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz how long do we have to wait..........

Simply Complicated said...

Great post CW. And thanks for posting each scanned page as a thumbnail along with a d/l link instead of just a d/l link.

Hats off to you guys!!!

Comic World said...

TPH: Yeah,the illustrations give the impression of uncanny similarity but its hard to allege a copy.
I am quite nostalgic about the old issues rather than the comparatively newer issues which are easily available.The old look and that peculiar vintage smell of old pages is so scintillating.

Comic World said...

Bahadur: Thanks and keep visiting.
Ridhima: Welcome Ridhima,this comic has been posted a couple of days ago only,pls also give us some time to relax.
Simply Complicated: Welcome and thanks for the inputs,do keep visiting along with your precious thoughts.

Sanjana said...

Thank you....

Purvesh said...

Hi CW, I have found two other ack comics on the net. could u put that on this blog. if u want i can give link for others.

Comic World said...

Sanjana: Welcome..
Purvesh: Thanks for the offer,we can't take anything from net and put it here without giving proper credit to the original source and off course also require permission from him/her to post it here.

adibud34 said...

These are so awesome! I always loved reading the fun ACK comics like these, and the Panchtantra etc. Thanks so much!

Vikas said...

Am back to my childhood memories bcoz of you I still remember the book my dad gifted me of local language which consists of stories of dharma