Myth-Folklore Unit: Tales from India (100 Words)

Overview. This reading unit — good for one week, or two weeks — is a collection of stories from India told as 100-word storiesIt is based on Tiny Tales from India which contains two hundred of these tiny 100-word stories. There are stories from the Panchatantra here, plus Jataka tales from the Buddha, teaching tales from the Bengali guru Ramakrishna, some tales of the goddesses and gods, plus stories about the jesters Tenalirama and Birbal. The book is available free as a PDF and in standard ebook formats (epub, mobi), and there is also a 99 cent Kindle version. Plus, there is a free audiobook! Links to all formats here: You will find links to text and audio below, but if you prefer to read with a PDF, on a Kindle, etc., you can do that based on what is most convenient for you.

Language. The language is very clear and contemporary. Unlike the public domain books published before 1923, this book is a recent publication (2020!).

Story Length. The stories are very short: just 100 words long each. Each reading section — A, B, C, D, — contains 50 stories. That's a lot of stories but they go very fast, and I hope you will find lots that intrigue you. When you start with a super-short story, there's so much room to expand with your own imagination.

Navigation. You will find the table of contents below; you can look at the title to get a sense of which sections you might enjoy most. There is no need to start at reading section A; you can read them in any order you prefer.

Additional Resources. Each of these stories has its own blog post with information about sources along with notes, and sometimes an illustration. You can find the list of the individual blog posts at

link to READING A: 
1. The Lion and the Rabbit
2. The Lion-King and the Camel
3. The Lion-King and the Jackal
4. A Story for the Lion-King
5. The Lion and the Cat
6. The Lion in the Jackal's Cave
7. The Blue Jackal
8. The Jackal and his Brothers
9. The Tiger Cub and the Goats
10. The Lion and the Ram
11. The Jackal and the Dead Elephant
12. Lion, Jackal, and Camel
13. The Jackal and the Crow
14. The Jackal and the Peacock
15. The Jackal and the Otters
16. The Jackal and the Rams
17. The Jackal and the Bullock
18. The Jackals and the Elephant
19. The Elephant and the Sparrow
20. The Elephant-King and the Mice
21. The Elephants and the Rabbits
22. The Elephant and the Monkey
23. The Wealthy Toad
24. The Boastful Beetle
25. The Self-Important Insect
26. The Monkey and the Firefly
27. The Monkey and the Peas
28. The Crocodile and the Monkey
29. The Monkey and the Rock
30. The Crow's Revenge
31. The Crab's Advice
32. The Partridge and the Rabbit
33. The Vulture and the Cat
34. The Hawks and the Crows
35. The Jackdaw and the Glow-Worm
36. The Bharunda Bird
37. The Hawk and the Fish
38. The Crow and the Sunrise
39. The Animals Boasting
40. The Animals Change Places
41. The Crabs and the Fox
42. The Crane and the Fish
43. Big-Wit, Half-Wit, and Witless
44. The Two Fish and the Frog
45. The Frog in the Well
46. The Frog-King in the Well
47. The Snake and the Frog
48. The Frog-King Rides the Snake
49. The Snake and the Ants
50. Deer, Tiger, and Crocodile

link to READING B: 
51. The Rabbit and the Coconut
52. The Fox in the Flood
53. The Horse Tied to a Tree
54. The Tiger and the Fox
55. The Tiger and the Golden Bangle
56. The Twin Parrots
57. The Captive Fawn
58. The King and his Monkey
59. The Monkeys and the Gardener
60. Monkey See, Monkey Do
61. The Monkey and the Sparrow
62. The Wild Geese
63. The King of the Doves
64. The Gadfly and the Lion
65. Turtle, Deer, Mouse, and Crow
66. Deer, Crow, and Jackal
67. The Hunter and the Jackal
68. The Goose and the Crow
69. The Monkey and the Goat
70. The Louse and the Flea
71. The Turtle and the Peacock
72. The Turtle in the Lake
73. The Turtle and the Two Birds
74. The Donkey and the Jackal
75. The Donkey and the Tiger-Skin
76. The Donkey and the Watchdog
77. The Brave Mongoose
78. The Pilgrims and the Jewels
79. The Bandit's Ghost
80. The Rats in the House
81. The Rats and the Jackal
82. The Jackal in the Elephant
83. The Jackal and the Corpse
84. The Jackal and the Lion
85. The Deer and his Nephew
86. The Two Oxen
87. The Fish and the Crane
88. The Parrot and the Mangos
89. The Woodpecker and the Lion
90. The Quail Chick
91. The Quail and the Hunter
92. The Birds by the Lake
93. The Birds in the Tree
94. The Crow by the Highway
95. The Bird-King and the Peacock
96. The Swan with the Golden Feathers
97. The Drummer and the Bandits
98. The Monk and his Snake
99. The Buddha and the Mantra
100. The Three Friends and the Tiger

link to READING C: 
101. The Elephant-Driver
102. The Pilgrim and the Snake
103. The Two Men and the Mangos
104. The Two Friends in Town
105. The Priceless Diamond
106. The Fish and the Flowers
107. The Pilgrim Couple
108. The Holy Man and the Dog
109. The Lizard on the Tree
110. The Woodcutter's Dream
111. The Farmer's Dream
112. The Hill of Sugar
113. The Doll of Salt
114. The Seeker and his Family
115. The Thief-Turned-Sadhu
116. The Fisherman-Turned-Sadhu
117. The Holy Man by the Roadside
118. The Traveler and the Tree
119. The Wisest of the Brahmins
120. The Brahmin and his Mouse-Daughter
121. The Brahmin and his Snake-Son
122. The Snake and the Brahmin's Wife
123. The Farmer and the Snake
124. The Monk in the Dream
125. The Thief and the Demon
126. The Barber and the Fairy
127. The Dim-Witted Weaver
128. Sunda and Upasunda
129. Riding Shiva's Bull
130. The Teeth of Shiva's Bull
131. The Dog in Shiva's Temple
132. Shiva and Vishnu
133. Maya: The Illusion of the World
134. Indra's Parrot and Yama
135. Indra and the Brahmin
136. Garuda and the Snake-Man
137. The Seagulls and Garuda
138. Agni and Varuna
139. Ganesha is Born
140. Ganesha and the Cat
141. Ganesha and Kartikeya
142. Kubera and Ganesha
143. Durga Puja
144. The Stingy Man's Dinner
145. The Poor Man's Pot of Honey
146. The Hermit in the Forest
147. The Guru's Two Disciples
148. The Beggar and Emperor Akbar
149. The Widow and her Sons
150. The Old Woman Going to Town

link to READING D: 
151. The Couple who Cooperated
152. The Blind Men and the Elephant
153. The Brahmin's Goat
154. The Farmer and the Merchant
155. The Monk and the King
156. The Potter and the King
157. The Carpenter and his Son
158. The Man in the Tree
159. The Merchant and his Servant
160. The Two Brothers
161. The Five Loaves of Bread
162. The Man and his Neighbor
163. The Judge and his Son
164. The Wife who Died
165. The Carpenter under the Bed
166. Tenalirama and Kali
167. Tenalirama and the King
168. Tenalirama and the Gold Coins
169. Tenalirama and the Peaches
170. Tenalirama and the Twenty Lashes
171. Tenalirama and the Washerman
172. Tenalirama and the Executioner
173. Tenalirama and his Brother-in-Law
174. Tenalirama and the Queen
175. Tenalirama's Finger
176. Tenalirama's Face
177. Tenalirama and the Chessboard
178. Tenalirama and the Painter
179. Tenalirama and the Chinese Vases
180. Tenalirama and the King's Bad Luck
181. Tenalirama and the Magician
182. Tenalirama's Ramayana
183. Tenalirama and the Ramayana Murals
184. Tenalirama and the Money-Bag
185. Tenalirama and the Thief
186. Tenalirama and the Honest Beggar
187. Tenalirama and the Chicken
188. Tenalirama and the Sadhu
189. Tenalirama and the Boys
190. Tenalirama and his Friend
191. Tenalirama's Magical Water
192. Birbal's House
193. Birbal and the Eggplants
194. Birbal and the Two Mothers
195. Birbal and the Beggar
196. Birbal's Magical Sticks
197. Birbal and the Crows
198. The Emperor's Caravansary
199. Birbal Sees Both Good and Bad

200. Birbal the Philosopher

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