The Tree God
. Shanti Publications . Delhi
Shanti Pan 16 .
PK3741.P3 T35 no. 16 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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One of twenty in the series, found near the counter as we were settling up a large order of books. Sixteen pages with standard computer art. This version of the story told as Sneaky and Straight in Ramsay Wood's version of Kalila and Dimnah has several unusual elements. Dushta, the deceitful partner, first conceives of the plan of leaving their village and earning together in the city. He is also the one to suggest after just a few days that he needs more money; they should visit their hole together. The reader is not told of Dushta's father being in the tree until it starts burning. We are not even told that the banyan is hollow until Shatya starts a fire under the tree. Evil intentions never bear fruit.