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Hindoo Tales


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This book describes the adventures of ten Kumaras, i.e., young men, (all of whom are either princes or sons of royal ministers), as narrated by the men themselves. These narratives are replete with accounts of demigods, ghosts, gamblers, intrigues with voluptious women, astonishing coincidences, cockfights, anthropophagy, sorcery, robberies, murders and wars. (Summary by wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Then, indeed, having an opportunity of observing her, he was struck by her exceeding beauty. She seemed to him as if formed by the god of love with everything most beautiful in the world; and, as he gazed, he felt more and more entranced, till almost unconsciously he was deeply in love.

She, indeed, seeing him beautiful as Kâma himself, was almost equally affected, and, pervaded by strong feeling, trembled like the branch of a creeping plant agitated by a gentle wind.

Then he thought, "Never have I seen anything so lovely. She must have been formed by some singular accident, for there is no one like her in the world."

She, indeed, ashamed to look openly at him, and half concealing herself among her attendants, looked at him stealthily from time to time, and while he had all his thoughts fixed on her, was saying to herself, "Who can he be? Where does he come from? Happy the maidens whose eyes ar. . . Read More

Community Reviews

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It was a very interesting and intriguing book, making me want to read each young man's story. I loved the poetic and beautiful descriptions and want to know more about Dandin, and what influenced him. It is speculated at the beginning that the book is partly autobiographical which is very interestin

The Dandi is a best story teller ever. What a description of ten Prince abounding stories.

'De avonturen van de tien prinsen' is een raamvertelling waarin één prins een avontuur beleeft in de onderwereld en zijn negen metgezellen onderwijl naar hem op zoek gaan. Wanneer ze na zestien jaar weer verenigd worden, vertelt iedere prins zijn verhaal, waarin elk met list en bedrog een mooie prin

Translated by Rangeya Raghav, this is a better translation than most available in Hindi.