Kalileh o Demneh

by ramintork

If you ever wanted to read "Kalileh o Demneh" but you find the simple English version more accessible you can read it online:-


The real name of  "Kalileh o Demneh" is Panchatantra and the fables go as far back as 2500 years ago.

According to Shahnameh Panchatantra was brought over from India by Borzuy, physician to King Anushirvan.

The story of how it entered the persian culture is fascinating:-



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amazing, just amazing. last

by Aram (not verified) on

amazing, just amazing.
last year I was at at coffee shop and saw an indian guy reading a book. I asked him whether I could borrow it for a second. The picture on the back of the book clearly looked like a persian guy. After reading the back cover i gave the book back to the Indian engineer as he indicated. I asked what the book was all about and he said it was very similar to panchtantra. I told him sorry I am not Indian and I am not sure what that means. So he said: here you can read one short story and see how interestingly this new Persian American has done a book that goes back 2500 years. After reading it I said wow this is similar to the Kalileh va demneh that I loved to read in high school. I got up and went tot the Barnes and noble shop and got a copy. I read it during my trip to Asia. In Asia someone found me reading it again and they borrowed it and never returned it. The Asian guy almost sweared that someone took it from his table. I believed him, so as soon as I get back to USA I will buy a new copy.
by the way, the author of the book is Dr. Khalili.
I hope it will not be out of print when i get back to US.


A new translation is also available...

by Setiz (not verified) on

The book is re-translated by M.K. Hashemi Abbasi directly from Sanskrit into Persian and published by Eqbal Publishers in Tehran in 1382. It is called "Pancha Kiyaneh" or "Five Stories" to distinguish it from the old translation (kelileh & demneh). The new translation is much less difficult to read.