Tiny Tales from India

Welcome to Tiny Tales from India. This is a collection of two hundred stories from India, and each story is just 100 words long.

The book is currently in the proofreading stage.
It will be available on July 10.
For now, here are the stories in blog post form (below),
and I've started an audiobook too. :-)

A Book of Two Hundred 100-Word Stories


This book opens with traditional stories from the Panchatantra, Hitopadesha, and the Katha-Sarit-Sagara ("Ocean of the Streams of Story"), along with stories from the Buddhist Jataka tales. You will also find stories of the Indian gods and goddesses, plus parables from the Bengali mystic and religious teacher, Ramakrishna. The book closes with anecdotes about the legendary jesters Tenalirama from the court of Krishnadevaraya in southern India and Birbal from the court of Akbar in the north. This selection of 200 stories comprise only a fraction of the Indian story tradition. To read more stories from India, visit:

The paragraph you just read about this book is 100 words long, as is this paragraph, and that's also the length of each story in this book. The stories go fast, but you can slow down when you find one you like. Read it again. Let it sink in. Maybe even write your own version of the story, using your imagination to add more details. Meanwhile, if you don't like a story, don't get bogged down; just move on to the next one. There are more 100-word stories from India, plus stories from other cultural traditions, at:


1. The Rabbit and the Lion
2. The Lion-King and the Camel
3. The Jackal and the Foolish Donkey
4. A Story for King Lion
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 Crow and the Jackal
14. The Jackal and the Peacock
15. The Otters and the Jackal
16. The Jackal and the Rams
17. The Jackal and the Bullock
18. The Elephant and the Jackals
19. The Sparrow's Revenge
20. The Elephant-King and the Mice
21. The Elephants and the Rabbits
22. Elephant, Monkey, and Owl
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 Monkey's Heart
29. Crocodile and Monkey at the River
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 his Fish
38. The Crow and the Sunrise
39. The Animals Who Boasted
40. A Change of Scenery
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. Snake and Frog as Friends
48. The Frogs who Rode the Snake
49. The Snake and the Ants
50. Deer, Tiger, and Crocodile
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 Pet Monkey
59. Monkeys in the Garden
60. Monkey See, Monkey Do
61. The Sparrow and the Monkey
62. The Wise Old Goose
63. The King of the Doves
64. The Gadfly and the Lion
65. Turtle, Deer, Mouse, and Crow
66. Deer, Crow, and Jackal
67. Greedy Hunter, Greedy Jackal
68. The Goose and the Crow
69. The Monkey who Ate Rice and Dal
70. The Louse and the Flea
71. The Turtle and the Peacock
72. The Turtle in the Lake
73. The Flying Turtle
74. The Donkey who Sang
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. Inside the Elephant
83. The Jackal and the Corpse
84. The Ambitious Jackal
85. The Deer who Wouldn't Listen
86. The Two Oxen
87. The Fish and the Sleeping Crane
88. The Island of Mangos
89. The Woodpecker and the Lion
90. The Tiny Quail's Act of Truth
91. Fat Quail and Thin
92. The Birds who Polluted a Lake
93. The World on Fire
94. The Dangerous Highway
95. The Peacock who Danced
96. The Swan with the Golden Feathers
97. The Drummer and the Bandits
98. The Monk's Pet Snake
99. The Resurrection Mantra
100. The Three Friends and the Tiger
101. The Elephant-Driver
102. The Pilgrim and the Snake
103. Two Men and the Mangos
104. The Two Friends in Town
105. Bidding for a Diamond
106. Fish and 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 Saint by the Roadside
118. The Traveler and the Tree
119. The Wisest of the Brahmins
120. The Mouse-Maiden
121. The Snake's Bride
122. The Snake and the Brahmin's Wife
123. The Farmer and the Snake
124. The Monk of Gold
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 Peasant's Husband
132. Vishnu's Avatar
133. Vishnu Teaches Narada
134. The Parrot and Yama
135. The Brahmin's Garden
136. Garuda and the Snake-Man
137. The Seagulls and their Eggs
138. Fire versus Water
139. Ganesha is Born
140. Ganesha and the Cat
141. Ganesha Circles the Universe
142. Kubera's Feast
143. Feasting for the Holiday
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 Akbar
149. The Widow and the House Walls
150. The Old Woman who Walked to Town
151. The Couple who Cooperated
152. The Blind Men and the Elephant
153. The Brahmin's Goat
154. Mice who Eat Iron
155. The Monk who Journeyed to Heaven
156. The Potter in the Army
157. The Foolish Carpenter's Foolish Son
158. The Foolish Man in the Tree
159. The Foolish Servant and the Trunks
160. The Brothers who Shared Equally
161. The Fool and the Loaves of Bread
162. The Man who Needed a Light
163. The Judge and the Judge's Son
164. The Wife who Attended Her Own Funeral
165. The Carpenter under the Bed
166. Tenalirama and Kali
167. Tenalirama in the Palace
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. When the Queen Yawned
175. Tenalirama and the Clean King
176. Tenalirama Returns to Court
177. Tenalirama and the Chessboard
178. Tenalirama and the New Prime Minister
179. Tenalirama and the Chinese Vases
180. The Servant Named Bad-Luck
181. Tenalirama and the Magician
182. Tenalirama's Ramayana
183. Tenalirama the Painter
184. Tenalirama's Lost Money-Bag
185. Tenalirama and the Thief
186. Tenalirama and the Honest Beggar
187. Tenalirama and the Chicken
188. Tenalirama and the Holy Guru
189. Tenalirama and the Boys Playing Ball
190. Tenalirama and his Friend
191. Tenalirama's Magic Water
192. Which is Birbal's House?
193. Birbal's Ode to Eggplants
194. Birbal and the Case of the Two Mothers
195. Birbal and the Owner of the Kebab-Shop
196. Birbal's Truth-Sticks
197. Birbal and the Crows of Agra
198. The Emperor's Caravansary
199. Birbal Sees Both Good and Bad
200. Birbal the Philosopher

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