A collection of stories of wisdom Small stories, big truths Selected and interpreted by Jamuna Rangachari, Illustrations by Faraaz Tanveer With its different layers, a teaching story gives us new insights every time we read it ..and we begin to see the world, and even ourselves, differently. At its heart, a teaching story encapsulates the wisdom and truth of life and transmits it to the reader in the most pleasurable, palatable way. This collection of timeless tales will offer you hours of entertainment, but more importantly, it may well change your perception of life. The gurus and seekers who have contributed to this volume have sieved through many wisdom traditions, Sufi, Zen, Hindu, folklore, and others to carefully pick and choose those that inspire and transform all those who read them, irrespective of age, gender, creed or race. Testimonials Through the use of stories and parables people are able to grasp and internalize deep, profound messages for their lives. May these stories and messages teach, touch and transform all who read them. - Swami Chidananda Saraswati, Spiritual Head, and Parmarth Niketan. These stories remind me of the wisdom of teaching through parables. They have so much to say to all of us whatever our age. - Mark Tully, author of No Full Stops In India. The collection in the storybook is marvelous and the short comment by Jamuna Rangachari after each story is fabulous. - SWAMI AGNIVESH, activist, and President, Sarvadeshik Arya Pratinidhi Sabha (World Council of Arya Samaj). Storytelling was once the best form of entertainment for young and growing children. This collection brings the forgotten art to life again. - ANOURADHA BAKSHI, social activist, story-teller, and author of Dear Popples. To open the eyes of the intolerant, the impatient, the greedy and the arrogant, in a light humorous way, the deeper insight of these fables can be very powerful. - Deepa KODIKAL, author of Teachings of the Inner Light and A Journey within the Self. All our tales and legends, whether from the Ramayana or Mahabharatha or the Jataka tales, have a meaningful message on how to live in peace and happiness. - DR. (MRS.) Y G Parthasarathy Dean and Director, Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Group of Schools, Chennai Stories with an inbuilt learning message such as those in this book make fascinating reading for young and not-so-young alike. - Peter Mukerjea, Chief Strategy Officer & Exec Chairman, INX Media.