Overview for The Baital Pachisi: Twenty Five Ghost Stories
These immortal tales of chivalry and skullduggery, wisdom and foolishness, honesty and deceit, are about Baital, a mythical wraith-like figure, credited with supernatural powers, and King Vikramaditya whose wisdom is matched only by King Solomon of the Biblical fame. This wise yet evil spirit which hangs upside down in a tree, challenges Vikramaditya to hold his silence while he narrates his tales and then asks for the king's opinion as to the morality of the characters. The minute the king answers, the spirit files away once more to his place in the tree, forcing the king to clamber up and drag him down again. Thus we are entertained and at the same time discover, what strange deeds have been done?, What beautiful princesses and handsome princes have searched far and wide to fine their true loves? What wicked men have woven complex tales of deceit and confusion ? What devotees and yogis have proclaimed moral truth and sought to define the nature of humankind ? Written in the form of a chain of simple stories, each story has a moral and a philosophical theme, which has stood the test of time and is relevant to modern times. For those interested in the ancient sayings, riddles, fables and stories of India, these short tales will prove highly entertaining. They will keep you spellbound, for the roots of these tales reach down to the depths where all men are the same. The Baital Pachisi is written as a series of simple stories. Each story has a moral and a philosophical theme, which has stood the test of time and is relevant to modern times. For those interested in the ancient sayings, riddles, fables and stores of India, these short tales will prove highly entertaining and instructive.
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